The Houston Rockets picked up a quality win on the road Friday night, defeating the Brooklyn Nets 106-96.
Neither team struggled to get going offensively. The Rockets seized a 34-31 lead in a fast and furious first quarter. Once both defenses settled in a bit, scoring became a bit more difficult, but the Rockets consistently got the better end of the runs, taking a 61-53 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
The second half would prove to be more of the same, as the Rockets simply couldn't miss. As a team they shot 53 percent from the floor, including a 16-of-30 performance from three-point land.
It wasn't all bad for the Nets. All-Star center Brook Lopez tallied 27 points on 13-of-20 shooting from the field, and point guard Deron Williams was especially active as a distributor with 13 assists and 15 points.
However, it wasn't enough to overcome a balanced effort from a Rockets lineup that was led by Carlos Delfino and James Harden, who each had 22 points. The Rockets showed just how dangerous they can be when their shooters are knocking down shots.
Player of the Game: Carlos Delfino
This really was a team effort from the Rockets, but Delfino's performance really sticks out for Houston.
The forward was among the team's hottest shooters. He went 6-of-9 from beyond the arc and 8-of-14 from the field for 22 points. He also showed off his versatility by contributing on the glass (five rebounds) and as a facilitator (five assists).
James Harden also put up 22 points, which the team has come to expect from him every night. However, it was Delfino's contribution that really put the Rockets ahead and gave them an advantage over a Nets team that had no answer on defense.
What's Next for the Houston Rockets?
The young Rockets will look to continue their hot-shooting ways against the struggling 16-37 Washington Wizards on the road Saturday.
What's Next for the Brooklyn Nets?
The Nets will look to right the ship and get back to playing lockdown D when they welcome the Memphis Grizzlies to Brooklyn on Sunday.