The Houston Rockets pummeled the Atlanta Hawks Monday night to the tune of a 123-104 victory thanks to stellar perimeter shooting and rebounding dominance.
The Rockets beat the Hawks earlier this season 109-102 and were led by career-highs from James Harden in points (45) and Omer Asik in rebounds (19), respectively. Houston is averaging 106ppg and 49rbg against Atlanta in two games this season.
To add more perspective on Houston’s lethal scoring and rebounding ability, the following are notes from “The World’s Foremost Sports Statisticians and Historians,” Elias Sport Bureau:
The Rockets Are Scoring Points In Bunches
The Rockets beat the Hawks, 123-104. It was the seventh time this season that Houston scored at least 120 points in a game, two more than any other NBA team. Last season, the Rockets did not score 120 points in any of their 66 games, with a season high of 114 at Washington on Jan. 16.
Asik Cleans Only One Window
Omer Asik grabbed 17 rebounds, all off the defensive glass, in the Rockets’ win over the Hawks. It was the most rebounds in a game, none offensive, for an NBA player since Boston’s Kevin Garnett had the same numbers against Chicago on Dec. 3, 2010. The last Rockets player to have a line like that was Rudy Tomjanovich on Jan. 31, 1976 at New York (also 17 rebounds).