Houston Rockets vs. Atlanta Hawks: Postgame Grades and Analysis for Houston

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Houston Rockets vs. Atlanta Hawks: Postgame Grades and Analysis for Houston
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If you aren't ready to run, the Houston Rockets will probably beat you. They sprint up and down the court, only passing up open shots if they directly lead to an even better look (that's also even more open).

On New Year's Eve against the Atlanta Hawks, Houston did all these things and more, winning the game 123-104. At one point in the second quarter, Houston had extended their lead to 21 points on a flurry of transition baskets at the rim and wide-open three-pointers. Their offense looked sublime. 

The Hawks managed to make it respectable by cutting Houston's lead down to five with just over five minutes remaining in the game, but the Rockets stayed calm and continued to combine Carlos Delfino's hot hand from the outside with efficient shots from the likes of James Harden and Jeremy Lin. The result was something that's fast become the norm down in Houston: a 120-plus point effort.  

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