The best team in 2014 no braking. The Houston Rockets managed to his fifth consecutive victory and added a balance of 23-6 since the change of year that has gotten them among the five best teams in the League. But in Portland they had to suffer. A lot. In the end, as so often, James Harden went to the rescue. The most famous NBA beard caught another huge party with 41 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and six steals, in addition to force extra time with a triple in the absence of 8 seconds. In extra time, quick removal for misconduct from Damian Lillard, the base of the Blazers all star, proved decisive.
Portland, which despite its second defeat followed still comfortably installed in place of playoff dominoes during the night in Texas. The Stotts became the last quarter with 12 points thanks to the good party than usual: LaMarcus Aldridge (28 points and 12 rebounds), Wes Matthews (26 points) and the mentioned Lillard (21). But Harden led the final charge of locals, well accompanied by Jeremy Lin, who came out of a slump of nine meetings not exceeding eleven points and scored 26 coming from the bench. As usual in them, Dwight Howard (17 points and 12 rebounds) and Chandler Parsons (16-7) provided solidity to the brightness of its superstar.
With this tremendous streak, Houston increasingly enters more lotteries for the Peel by the ring, but Howard, who at 28 is one of the Veterans of the young and bright team built almost from scratch by the general manager Daryl Morey, calls for calm: “all that matters is to lift the trophy in June. We need to keep us humble. This is the message. Follow humble and hungry”. So far from 2014, anyone has been hungrier than them.