The Houston Rockets has produced a defensive rating of 96.9 over their three recent matches.
This season, the team targeted performing at a high level on defense while at the same time striking a sound balance offensively.
These aims are now within reach for the Houston Rockets due to their players coming back to compete and contribute to the team after recuperating from their concussions.
On Monday night, the team defeated the Charlotte Hornets at the Toyota Center with the final score of 118-106.
James Harden affirmed that their victory in their home arena was, indeed, because of “a total team effort.”
The Houston Rockets guard finished the basketball game strong with 28 points, ten assists, and six rebounds.
His teammate, shooting guard Eric Gordon, auspiciously contributed 22 points during the evening game following his conclusion of a streak of 43 consecutive basketball matches.
The powerful collaboration in the Houston Rockets was made more pronounced with returning players who were recently on extended absence due to injuries.
Among them is Houston Rockets center Clint Capela who scored 19 points and 15 rebounds and point guard Chris Paul who had ten points and ten rebounds.
Houston Rockets center and power forward Kenneth Faried, who missed five matches due to a hip concussion, helped his team by scoring 16 points and nine rebounds.
Meanwhile, Kemba Walker helped the Charlotte Hornets by finishing with 40 points. The point guard also contributed ten rebounds and seven assists for his team.
The Charlotte Hornets offset the 28-point advantage of the Houston Rockets on the third quarter by cutting their lead to 13 at the onset of the fourth quarter.
However, with roughly 90 seconds remaining, Fareid made the scoreboard flash 116-101 through his slam dunk for his beloved Houston Rockets.
Harden, who leads the National Basketball Association (NBA) with 36.2 points per match, drove to a three-point play, passing to Faried for a break and a slam.
With 2:02 remaining, this maneuver by Harden eventually cemented the victory for the team.
The Houston Rockets will compete against the Golden State Warriors in their Houston home arena on Wednesday, March 13.
The Toyota Center game is their opportunity to sweep the NBA season series for the first time since the 2009 to 2010 season.