Rockets Score 41 Points in the 4th to Beat Utah

posted by Andrew Pisano -

The longer the winning streak, the harder it seems to win, but the Rockets managed to do it anyway.  The team was trailing 91-83 early in the 4th when Eric Gordon hit 3 in a row from downtown to give them a 1 point lead.  That was definitely the spark that the Rockets needed, as the Rockets scored 41 in the 4th quarter and held Utah to just 15.  Houston shot just 29% from the 3-point line in the first 3 quarters, but then made 8-of-12 in the final quarter.

Eric Gordon finished with 33 points, the most he's ever scored as a Rocket, along with seven 3s, five of them coming in the 4th. "I just got to pick my poison.  Early in the first half, they were making everybody go towards the rim, but they got tired of that.  Then they really protected the paint, and there were wide open 3s," Gordon said after the game.

James Harden put up 26 points, tying Moses Malone's franchise record of consecutive games scored 20+ points in a single season.

Chris Paul was one rebound short of a Triple-Double, but ended up with 18 points, 10 assists, and 9 rebounds.

Clint Capela got his 16th Double-Double of the season after scoring 24 points and snatching 20 rebounds.  Capela is the youngest Rocket to score 20 points and grab 20 boards in a single game since Yao Ming did it in 2003.

The Rockets will go for their 15th straight win Wednesday night at home against the Lakers.

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