Earlier in December, the Rockets produced their most dominant stretch of basketball for quite some time. The offense was clicking, allowing them to put up over 120 points in three consecutive games. Playing against the Western Conference’s big guns brought them back to earth for a while, but tonight they were able to rediscover their form and managed to cross the 120 point threshold yet again to run out confident winners against the Hawks.
After being held close in the first quarter, Houston broke the game open in the second. They were down 31-30 when Delfino connected on a three, sparking a 16-0 run and creating a lead the Rockets were able to ride the lead for the rest of the game. It also began the most noticeable trend on the night – whenever the team needed it, someone would hit a three pointer to extend or restore their points cushion. The result was a 16-29 night from behind the arc – a season high in three pointers made. Carlos Delfino and Marcus Morris did most of the damage, going 6-8 and 3-4 respectively.