Hawks vs Rockets: ESB's Perspective

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

HOUSTON, TX – DECEMBER 31: Omer Asik #3 of the Houston Rockets and Zaza Pachulia #27 of the Atlanta Hawks battle for the ball on December 31, 2012 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

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).

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