The Houston Rockets showed the Cleveland Cavaliers how basketball is supposed to be played. With more effort, cohesiveness and strategy, the Rockets left Cleveland with an impressive win.

While James Harden didn’t register another 60 point triple-double, his 16 points were enough to help the team win by an outrageous 32 points. Chris Paul was two rebounds away from a triple-double with 22 points and 11 assists. Gerald Green, Ryan Anderson, Luc Mbah a Moute and Clint Capela all recorded double-digits in points as Houston swept the floor with the reigning Eastern Conference champions.

The Rockets outscored the Cavs in every quarter and never looked to be in danger at any point in the game. LeBron James was held to only 11 points with Isiah Thomas only getting 12. The Cavs were without Kevin Love but that was not an excuse for the terrible outing.

Coach Tyron Lue has plenty of issues to fix as the two teams seemed to be on completely different levels. While the Rockets were executing their game plan and style to perfection, the Cavs seemed to have no idea on how to play together.

This win showcased the league’s only threat to the Golden State Warriors while showing how bad of a state the Cavs are actually in.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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