Rockets beat up Mavs even without hards
The Dallas Mavericks cannot confirm their last ascending form. In the Texas duel, it sets a clear defeat against the Houston Rockets.
Even without James Harden, the Houston Rockets clearly won 105:82 at the Dallas Mavericks of Dirk Nowitzki and Maxi Kleber.
“Because of this we are missing in about 30 points or not,”Chris Paul gave us a wink after the end of the game. The Point Guard scored 24 points and five rebounds and led his team to victory, together with Eric Gordon (26 points/ 4 rebounds) (NBA match schedule).
Harden’s break, however, was merely a precautionary measure because of his knee.
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Houston delivered a strong performance from the outset, but was not able to make a decisive difference at first. Again and again, the Mavericks came to simple points, so that the guests only went into the break with a tight lead (48:47).
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As a result, however, the rockets moved point by point, due to a catastrophic hit rate of the Mavs. Only 13 goals in 44 attempts were not enough to put Houston in serious danger.
Only Nowitzki, who scored a total of 13 points, and Dwight Powell (20 points) fought their first defeat after two consecutive victories. Maxi Kleber was only allowed two minutes on the court, in which he remained without any action worth mentioning.
Through 52. Victory in 66. In the second game the Rockets are still number one in the West and are the first team to secure a playoff place. Dallas, on the other hand, only ranks 13th.
Already in the evening, the Atlanta Hawks lost to the Chicago Bulls with 122:129 in front of their home crowd. Dennis Schröder was not used because of injury to the elbow as well as Paul Zipser (foot injury) on the opposite side.
Also 38 points from the outstanding Taurean Prince could not prevent the third defeat in a row for Atlanta. Thus the Hawks remain the last in the Eastern Conference, the Bulls rank 12th.