Published by Olgun Uluc, 16th Nivember 2018 on foxsports.com.au
Entering the season, this matchup between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets was billed as a battle of the top of the West.
The Houston Rockets ended up walking away with the 107-86 win over the Golden State Warriors, but to take anything out of the game would be to not understand the context entering it.
Stephen Curry was sidelined with a groin injury, and Kevin Durant and Draymond Green were in the midst of a feud.
The Rockets are finally above 0.500, but this game is far from a barometer of what the top of the West looks like.
James Harden led the way with 27 points, while James Ennis III put in 19 points; the Rockets improving to 7-7 on the season.
Durant finished with a team-high 20 points for the Warriors, with no-one else scoring more than 12 points, which came from Kevon Looney off the bench.
JAMAL MURRAY BENCHED… CAUSE FOR CONCERN?
The Denver Nuggets, as expected, earned a big win over the Atlanta Hawks, but all eyes were on Jamal Murray.
Despite being a week removed from a 48-point game, Murray was demoted to the bench, with Monte Morris starting in his place. It was an interesting power move from Mike Malone, who said Murray didn’t start because of a ‘small violation of team rules’.
Whatever the case, Morris is in the midst of an impressive season so it was good to give him the start, and the Nuggets opened up looking like a team that was coming off a four-game losing kid. A Paul Millsap hook shot capped off a 13-0 start for the Nuggets, who would ultimately cruise to a 138-93 victory.
Millsap would finish with 18 points, nine rebounds, five assists, and four steals, while Nikola Jokic did some stat-sheet stuffing of his own, posting 12 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, and four steals. The Nuggets moved to 10-5 on the season.
Jeremy Lin led the way for the Hawks, finishing with 16 points off the bench.
AUSSIE IN ACTION
Patty Mills came off the bench for the San Antonio Spurs, in their 116-111 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, finishing with 12 points, four rebounds, and five assists.