AFTER sinking only six treys in their last game, the Houston Rockets came out with guns blazing from beyond the arc to sink the Phoenix Suns to their fourth straight loss, 125-111, at the Talking Stick Resort Arena on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time).
James Harden and Eric Gordon led the long-range sniping as they combined for 12 of Houston’s 18 triples and finished with 27 and 24 points, respectively. The Rockets got back on track after seeing their 10-game win streak snapped at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs, as they never trailed against the slumping Suns.
Gordon sank four of his seven triples in the second quarter and added three more in the fourth, while Harden knocked down four of his five long bombs in the second half as the Rockets unleashed a 15-5 run bridging the last two periods to pull away from the Suns.
Back-to-back triples by Harden late in the fourth pushed Houston to its biggest lead at 20, 120-100, and Phoenix only got as close as 14 the rest of the way.
Seven Houston players scored in double figures, including all the starters, to improve its record to 22-8. Patrick Beverley flirted with a triple-double with 18 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Montrez Harrell and Ryan Anderson added 17 and 15 markers, respectively.
Devin Booker had 28 points to lead Phoenix, who fell to 8-21. TJ Warren and Brandon Knight both came off the bench to score 19 and 17 markers, respectively.