Houston Rockets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: Postgame Grades, Analysis for Houston

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Houston Rockets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: Postgame Grades, Analysis for Houston
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This wasn't the prettiest game of the 2012-13 season, but it was certainly entertaining.

Led by James Harden and Jeremy Lin's combined 49 points, the Houston Rockets prevailed against a resilient Cleveland Cavaliers team to the tune of 112-104.

The Rockets turned the ball over more and were out-rebounded by the Cavaliers, but they were able to score down the home stretch in the fourth quarter, and that much can't be said about the Cavs.

Kyrie Irving did all he could, with 30 points, six assists, four rebounds and four steals—but in the end it wasn't enough to overcome the Rockets.

The real difference maker was Harden's ability to get to the free-throw line instead of continuing to put up jumpers that he was consistently missing. Harden went 14-of-15 from the charity stripe, and it's how he was able to score 29 points while shooting just 35.3 percent from the floor.

It was truly a team effort for the Rockets though, as they got significant production from both their starting lineup and second unit.

Check out the complete grades and analysis for the Rockets in their 112-104 win over the Cavaliers. 

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