Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/23/12
HOUSTON -- Even for a team ranked second in the NBA in pace, the Houston Rockets exceeded all expectations against the New York Knicks on Friday night. Keyed by the unconscious shooting of Chandler Parsons in the first quarter, the free-throw marksmanship of James Harden in the second, and another knockout rally in the third period, the Rockets shot the lights out at Toyota Center and deconstructed the Knicks 131-103. The Rockets (6-7), who entered play second to the Bucks averaging 94.5 possessions per 48 minutes, set a breakneck pace in the first quarter and never relented, parlaying Parsons' 18-point period into momentum that never waned. Harden hit all nine of his free throws in the second and combined with Parsons to produce 64 points on 20-for-32 shooting. Before suffering their first loss at Memphis on Nov. 16, the Knicks (8-3) paced the NBA in defensive rating. Their steady decline to ninth by Friday night was on display as the Rockets shot 51.7 percent from the floor ...
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