Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/6/13
The Rockets had lost all of one game in a row, but felt like they were reeling. They were blown out in Los Angeles. They needed a big second half comeback in Utah. They had a still tough schedule ahead to finish the week. The Rockets had reached the sort of occasion that James Harden and Dwight Howard are supposed to do what they did Tuesday in the Moda center. They would not let the Rockets lose. They had their best games of the season, carrying the Rockets past the Portland Trail Blazers, 116-101, to finish a grueling four games in five nights stretch by closing out Portland each time it made a run. “It was key as a team to play well, especially coming off the loss we had last night,” Harden said. “We responded. Our defense was amazing, especially in that second half. That led to our transition and easy baskets. That shows the maturity our team has since last year, coming on the road after a tough loss. We could have made excuses. We stuck with it.” As for his own turnaround, ...
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