Before I dive into the 142 point explosion that the Houston Rockets displayed in Thursday's night game against the Phoenix Suns, I'd like to make more puns that I wasn't able to fit in the title. They are as follows: "The Rockets sore past the Sun(s)", "Houston, we have no problem", "Phoenix heat no match for the hot Rockets", and "Houston fires offensive rockets toward the Suns." Okay, now we can begin talking basketball.
In Chris Paul's return to the Rockets they demolished the Suns by a final score of 142-116. The Rockets put up a whopping 90 points in the first half of play and showed the league how lethal this offense can be. In just 20 minutes, Chris Paul was able to score 11 points while dishing 10 assists in the victory. Teammate James Harden continued his impressive season by tallying 48 points while making all 18 of his free throw attempts.
Harden was blown away by his team performance saying, "I thought there was something wrong with the score."
Following the Boston Celtics' victory over the Golden State Warriors on the first game of the TNT Thursday Night Double Header, the Rockets now have control of the Western Conference with a 12-4 record. Their offense and team chemistry will only improve with the return of Chris Paul and are poised for yet another post season run. We've seen that they can compete with the Warriors head-to-head after defeating them on opening night a few weeks ago.
This Houston squad has been the only team to show a level of offensive efficiency on par with the Golden State Warriors. While the Warriors hold more star power, with 4 All-Stars from the following season, the Rockets depth may very well be the best in the league.
If given the chance, the Houston Rockets could take the Warriors to 6 or 7 games in the playoffs and put on a show.