Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
One way to keep a game close is have your entire team contribute on offense, some nights you only need one dude with a long beard to help. Well tonight, it was that long beard that got the job done for the Rockets with 42 points. It was just too much for John Wall and company to handle.
Harden had 19 by halftime, then scored 16 alone in the third quarter to help the Rockets weather the Wizards’ strongest period.
“You’ve got passive turnovers and you’ve got aggressive turnovers where you’re trying to create and we just make mistakes,” said Harden, who also had seven turnovers on Tuesday. “I would rather live with the aggressive turnovers than passive and being soft, said Harden.”
Corey Brewer added 15 points and Patrick Beverley had 14 to help Houston to its fourth win in five games and sixth out of eight.
John Wall had 26 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds for Washington, which trailed by as many as 15 in the first half and has lost six of its last seven at home.
For the Wizards, it doesn’t seem to get any easier over the next few days as they head out on the road again to face New Orleans on Friday, Dallas on Saturday and Memphis on Monday.
Wizards: Fs Nene (calf), Drew Gooden (calf) and Kris Humphries (ankle) were all out. … Washington’s 17 first-quarter points were its fewest in an opening period this season.