Behind a big night from James Harden (31 points) and strong performances by Omer Asik, Chandler Parsons and Patrick Patterson, the Houston Rockets knocked off the New Orleans Hornets by a score of 104-92 on Wednesday night.
The win pushes the Rockets' record to 18-14, a far cry from what this team expected to accomplish given the limited time and new faces now inhabiting the roster. Harden continues to shine for the Rockets, and is a big reason why they remain relevant in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference.
Jeremy Lin had nine points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Rockets.
The Hornets played without Eric Gordon, as the team opted to sit him on the backside of a back-to-back. It showed, as the backcourt of Austin Rivers and Greivis Vasquez shot a combined 7-of-20 from the floor and were a combined -16 during their time together.
Ryan Anderson continues to shine for the Hornets, pouring in 18 points and grabbing seven rebounds while remaining a dark horse for the sixth man of the year award.
New Orleans drops to 7-25 after the loss.
Player of the Game: PF Patrick Patterson, Houston Rockets
It's always tempting to put James Harden here, especially when he goes for 31 points on 11-of-23 shooting. But Patterson came off the bench on fire, making 7-of-8 from the floor while finishing with 15 points and 10 rebounds in the process.
Patterson has split time between the starting lineup and the bench, but his performance in this one proves he's going to hit the court night-in and night-out—no matter the role.
The highly-touted Kentucky Wildcat has had somewhat of a slow start to his career, but playing with Jeremy Lin and James Harden appears to bring out the best in his game.
Up Next for the Hornets
The Hornets hope to have Gordon back in the lineup on Saturday as they travel to Dallas to take on the Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki is also being worked back into the lineup after knee surgery recovery, so it will be interesting to see these two stars and their respective teams clash after both have had rough starts to the season.
Up Next for the Rockets
Houston will head for the upper North on Friday, when they'll visit Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis and the Milwaukee Bucks. Former Buck Carlos Delfino will be having a homecoming of sorts, as the Rockets continue their push towards the playoffs behind their new Big 3.