Preview: Rockets vs. Knicks – Houston Chronicle


By Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle

Published 9:00 am, Wednesday, November 1, 2017

  • Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives around Philadelphia 76ers guard T.J. McConnell (12) at the Toyota Center on  Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, in Houston. Rockets lost the game 115-107. Photo: Elizabeth Conley, Houston Chronicle / © 2017 Houston Chronicle



Photo: Elizabeth Conley, Houston Chronicle

Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives around Philadelphia 76ers guard T.J. McConnell (12) at the Toyota Center on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, in Houston. Rockets lost the game 115-107.

Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives around Philadelphia 76ers guard T.J. McConnell (12) at the Toyota Center on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, in Houston. Rockets lost the game 115-107.


Photo: Elizabeth Conley, Houston Chronicle

Preview: Rockets vs. Knicks


When/where: 7 p.m./Madison Square Garden

TV/radio: ESPN, AT&T SportsNet/TBD, 99.1-FM, 850-AM (Spanish)

IN BRIEF:

Rockets
The Rockets have not scored 110 points since opening night. They were 12-22 when they failed to score 110 last season (43-5 when they scored 110 or more points) … The Rockets made fewer than 40 percent of their shots in consecutive games for the first time under Mike D’Antoni. They were 1-7 when making less than 40 percent of their shots last season … James Harden has had at least 20 points and seven badists in each of the first eight games. Since the 1983-84 season, he is the only NBA player to reach those numbers in the first eight games of a season and did it in each of the past two seasons, but he has yet to surpbad last season’s scoring average of 29 points in any game … Center Clint Capela on Monday had his third game with at least 15 rebounds. He had one game with 15 rebounds in the first 154 games of his career.


Knicks
The Knicks have a three-game winning streak, including a win in Cleveland on Sunday, but have lost 22 of 24 games, including their past seven in New York, against the Rockets … Forward Kristaps Porzingis is third in the NBA in scoring, averaging 29.3 points per game after scoring a career-high 38 against the Nuggets on Monday … Tim Hardaway Jr. had 34 points in the win in Cleveland … The Knicks lead the NBA in offensive rebounding percentage and second-chance points … Center Joakim Noah is serving his 20-game NBA suspension, but the Knicks have excelled at the position with the more offensive-minded Enes Kanter and Kyle O’Quinn combining to average 21.2 points and 18.2 rebounds.

Statistically speaking
4 – NBA players age 22 or younger have scored at least 30 points in five of six games to start a season, with Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingiz joining Rick Barry, Marques Johnson and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

 

 


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