The Houston Rockets hosted the Charlotte Bobcats Saturday night, and while the contest never felt completely in the Rockets’ control, it was a fourth-quarter runaway that gave them a 109-95 victory.
Before the final few minutes of the game, this one had been back and forth the whole way. The Rockets were the first team to establish momentum, as they made eight of their first 10 buckets. However, that hot start was quickly negated when their defense started allowing Charlotte to score in transition.
The first half was mostly in Houston’s favor, as it took an 11-point lead into halftime, but an ugly third quarter made this one interesting. The Rockets were outscored 17 to 26 in the period, and their one-time double-digit lead had been cut down to just two points heading into the fourth.
Charlotte stole the lead on the fourth quarter’s first possession, but Houston wasn’t done just yet. A 9-0 run midway through the period swung momentum back in its favor, and it was the brilliance of Patrick Patterson and James Harden that helped seal the deal.
As important as this win is for Houston, it’s unfortunately the status of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist that everyone will be talking about moving forward. The spectacular rookie suffered an apparent head injury late in the game and was carted away following a long lapse of motionless time on the floor.
The Bobcats lost this game, but that’s going to be the last thing on their minds as they deal with the recovery of their first-round draft pick.