The Houston Rockets can play good basketball at times. The Houston Rockets also play very bad basketball a lot of other times. In tonight’s win over the Los Angeles Lakers, the Rockets showed us a bit of both. They pulled away to a 20+ point lead in the third quarter, making it easy to forget how they ended up just three points ahead of the Lakers at halftime. In a bizarre game, the Rockets gave us reminders of what they are, why they’re frustrating, and how much fun they can be.

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What if told you that the Rockets held the Cleveland Cavaliers to 91 points on the evening, 39% shooting from the field and a horrific 23% from three point range? Well, since the Rockets have had the fourth-best offense since the start of December, that sounds like a juicy win on ESPN. Actually, the Rockets lost by 14, and it was 20 before garbage time began. The Cavs were on the second night of a rough road back to back, losing a tight one to the San Antonio Spurs the night before. It didn’t matter. The Rockets would have lost to literally any team in the league. You have to hit shots to win games.

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After 40 games of misery, softness, and all too many frustrating nights, the Houston Rockets have finally made it to 2 games above .500 for the first time this season.

Congratulations.

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But this is something to celebrate. And while this game could have been played better, Rockets fans can hope once again that this team is turning things around.

Tonight was not the defensive effort that we saw against Memphis. The Rockets more outtalented the Timberwolves rather than outplayed them. But after blowing so many games against bad teams like the Nets and Nuggets, sometimes outtalenting is enough. Certain Rockets players are working their way into shape, and the Houston Rockets have a five game winning streak.

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The Howard and Harden era Houston Rockets are dominant in overtime. Through some unknown combination of factors, Dwight’s Rockets are nigh-unbeatable when the game is tied and the clock runs out. Much like with the team at large, their dominance in overtime is both reason for praise and cause for concern. Tonight, however, it was a welcome change to see the Rockets play with energy and hustle on the way to an exciting win.

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The Houston Rockets beat the Utah Jazz for the second time in as many tries, and this time they held them to a mere 94 points. That’s good defense, isn’t it? That, unfortunately, is a real question and the answer doesn’t look great. This game was encouraging due to how terrible the Rockets have been this season, and looked like the Rockets starting to get back on track. The track is still a long way off, however, and it’s not clear if this is even the track they should be on. The track isn’t as good at defense as it looks.

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