James-Harden-Looks-150227G300James Harden was on fire as the Houston Rockets defeated the New York Knicks 118-99 at Madison Square Garden.

As expected, Harden was the catalyst for the Rockets as he posted 22 points on 9-for-16 shooting from the floor and a game-high 15 assists at the point guard position.

The Rockets high-octane offense was on fully display in the Wednesday night tilt at the Garden. The road team started with a 33-point first quarter and managed to score 30-plus in the next two periods en route to victory over the Knicks. As a team, Houston racked up 25 assists while improving to 3-2 on the season. Clint Capela the Swiss player with Angolan and Congolese parentage finished with eight points and six rebounds for the Rockets.

The Knicks had Carmelo Anthony try his best to keep them in the contest, he was efficient by hitting 53 percent from the filed and scoring 21 points to lead New York. The All-Star added seven boards to his box score total.

Derrick Rose and Courtney Lee combined for 32 points and Kristaps Porzingis posted eight boards. Senegalese forward Maurice Ndour ended the game with four points and a rebound.

The Knicks are off tomorrow following the back-to-back but will hit the road for Chicago. On Friday night, Rose and Noah return to Chi-Town for their first matchup against Chicago since the Knicks acquired the two former Bulls.

By Jonah Ballow

First appeared on NBA.com Global


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