Houston Rockets re-unite by beating San Antonio Spurs after James Harden trade

Will the Houston Rockets be a better side without James Harden? Or will they lack direction?

Christian Wood (blue) scored double-double for Houston Rockets

Houston Rockets win their 1st game after James Harden departs to the Brooklyn Nets. Rockets got the better of San Antonio Spurs 109-105. Head Coach Stephen Silas referred it as crazy ‘48 hours’ for the Rockets. With only 9 players at their disposal, Rockets came out all guns blazing to win their first road game.  

Christian Wood led the away side with 27 points and 15 rebounds. While Rockets’ new protagonist John Wall sat out before of a sore knee, the entire team came together to play as one. Sterling Brown, who took Harden’s spot in the starting lineup, had 23 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 36 minutes. Jae’Sean Tate added 13 points, 10 assists and five rebounds. 

Houston Rockets beat San Antonio Spurs 109-105 

“The whole team came together,” said center Christian Wood, who led the Rockets with 27 points, 15 rebounds and 3 blocks in the win. “I guess you could look at it as a blessing in disguise. Today, we all played together. Everybody was playing hard.” 

Houston sent Harden to the Brooklyn Nets in a four-team blockbuster trade on Wednesday. Victor Oladipo, Dante Exum and Rodions Kurucs, who the Rockets acquired along with numerous draft picks and draft swaps for Harden, are not with the team yet. 

Harden remained publicly quiet through months of rumors about his unhappiness with the Rockets, but he broke that silence following a second blowout loss to the Lakers on Tuesday. He bluntly said the Rockets were “just not good enough” and that he did not believe the situation could be fixed. 

Houston showed otherwise, at least in their first opportunity to do so. But having said that, let’s see how the Rockets perform, especially now when they have a personal motive to answer a lot of critics. Which probably involves their former player as well.

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