Originally written November 24, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
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 didn't wane. Harden hit all nine of his free throws in the second and combined with Parsons to total 64 points on robust 20-for-32 shooting. "I think we did a great job, especially at the beginning of the game, of coming out and just being in attack mode," said Harden, who paired 33 points with a game-high nine assists. "Guys did...
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