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New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Amber Searls/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Amber Searls/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks remained winless in the preseason as they lost to the Houston Rockets 117-95 on Monday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


New York, which played without Kristaps PorzingisDoug McDermottFrank NtilikinaMindaugus Kuzminskas and Luke Kornet, also lost Michael Beasley for the fourth quarter due to a bruised left elbow. 

Beasley scored 17 points in 24 minutes, while Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 21. Ron Baker scored five points on 2-of-7 shooting in his return from a sprained left ankle.

James Harden led the Rockets with 36 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, while Clint Capela recorded 19 points and nine rebounds.

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony handles the ball against Houston Rockets forward Ryan Anderson during the first quarter at the BOK Center. (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony handles the ball against Houston Rockets forward Ryan Anderson during the first quarter at the BOK Center. (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)

Rockets players expressed their content that former Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony finally got his trade request granted in the offseason even though it wasn't to Houston.

Anthony had previously expressed his desire to only waive his no-trade clause to the Rockets to join James Harden and Chris Paul, however the Knicks told other teams around the league that Houston didn't have assets that appealed to them.

Instead, Anthony added the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder to his list of teams he would accept a trade to, and New York dealt him to Oklahoma City to partner in late September in exchange for Enes KanterDoug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick.

"I sorta felt like he would be traded," Paul said, according to the New York Daily News' Frank Isola. "I actually hoped he would to give him peace of mind so he could be happy. And I think he's happy now."

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Eastern Conference forward Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks shakes hands with Western Conference guard James Harden of the Houston Rockets before the 2015 NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)
Eastern Conference forward Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks shakes hands with Western Conference guard James Harden of the Houston Rockets before the 2015 NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony was seen playing pick-up basketball alongside Houston Rockets guards James Harden and Chris Paul on Monday at Life Time Athletic at Sky in New York City.

Several other NBA players were playing in the game, including the Knicks' Lance Thomas, Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook and Enes Kantor, Cleveland's Iman Shumpert and Toronto's Serge Ibaka.

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New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony controls the ball against Houston Rockets small forward Trevor Ariza during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony controls the ball against Houston Rockets small forward Trevor Ariza during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony told ESPN's Scott Van Pelt on SportsCenter he has had "great dialogue" with new GM Scott Perry and alluded that the franchise understands his displeasure with the team.

"Conversations have been had," said Anthony, who reportedly wants to be traded to the Houston Rockets. "There's been plenty of conversations that have been had on both sides. I think we both know where we stand as far as myself, as far as the Knicks organization. They know how I feel. I know how they feel. We have been in communication."

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Brooklyn Nets center Justin Hamilton defends against a shot by Houston Rockets guard James Harden during the first half at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets center Justin Hamilton defends against a shot by Houston Rockets guard James Harden during the first half at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

James Harden had 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in his 12th triple-double of the season and the Houston Rockets easily ended their first losing streak of the season by beating the Brooklyn Nets 137-112 on Sunday night.

Held to 105 points in losses to Minnesota and Memphis, the Rockets bounced back with 104 after three quarters and handed the Nets their 10th straight loss.

Eric Gordon led the Rockets with 24 points and Trevor Ariza added 23. Houston made 21 3-pointers and had five players with at least 16 points.

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Dec 14, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets power forward Trevor Booker (35) grabs a rebound against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 14, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets power forward Trevor Booker (35) grabs a rebound against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK -- The Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets are among the leaders in attempted 3-pointers.

The differences between the teams is how many actually go in and for the Rockets they will attempt to rebound from a dreadful perimeter showing Sunday night when they visit the Nets.

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Dec 30, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts to a call during the second half of a game against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans defeated the Knicks 104-92. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 30, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts to a call during the second half of a game against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans defeated the Knicks 104-92. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

Houston will host the New York Knicks (16-16) on New Year's Eve, marking the Rockets' first back-to-back home games since Feb. 19-20, 2012. The Rockets will host another back-to-back at Toyota Center later this season when the Atlanta Hawks and Chicago Bulls pay visits on Feb. 2-3.

The Rockets received a surprising boost from second-year forward Montrezl Harrell, who continues to masquerade as an undersized center with starter Clint Capela sidelined with a broken left leg. Harrell had a career-high 29 points off the bench, including 13 in the fourth quarter. His previous best was 17.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin scores as Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley defends during the third quarter at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin scores as Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley defends during the third quarter at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports Images)

James Harden had 36 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds to lead the Houston Rockets to their seventh straight win, 122-118 over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night.

Eric Gordon scored 24 points on 6-for-10 shooting on 3-pointers, and Ryan Anderson added 19.for the Rockets. Houston shot 17 for 43 on 3s, making at least 10 for an NBA-record 24th straight game.

Brook Lopez scored 26 points and Sean Kilpatrick added 17 for the Nets.

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Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson reacts during the first half against the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center. (Soobum Im)
Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson reacts during the first half against the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center. (Soobum Im)

HOUSTON -- It marked another blistering start in a young season full of them for the Rockets, a burst from the starting gate that both propelled Houston to victory and put its opponent in a hole that proved impossible to escape from.

The Rockets attempted to blitz another foe when they host the Brooklyn Nets on Monday.

Even on the second night of a back-to-back the Rockets (17-7) found the energy to muster a 36-point first quarter against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night, a surge strong enough to carry them through lulls in the second and third periods en route to a 109-87 home victory.

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Nov 1, 2016; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; New York Knicks forward Kyle O'Quinn (9) high fives guard Brandon Jennings (3) and center Joakim Noah (13) during the second quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 1, 2016; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; New York Knicks forward Kyle O'Quinn (9) high fives guard Brandon Jennings (3) and center Joakim Noah (13) during the second quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The Knicks are set to take on the Rockets on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. Here are the three keys to the game...

  1. Kristaps Porzingis- Porzingis' best game last year came in Houston and with Joakim Noah and Kyle O'Quinn tasked with guarding Clint Capela and Nene, Porzingis should have a chance to have a big game. These are the types of games that really show what a young player is made of as Coach Jeff Hornacek may have been sending a message to the second-year forward by sitting him for a long stretch during the 4th quarter of yesterday's loss in Detroit. Let's see if he takes it out tonight against the Rockets in front of what will be a raucous crowd at MSG.
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New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose celebrates with forward Carmelo Anthony after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose celebrates with forward Carmelo Anthony after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports Images)

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The Houston Rockets ran circles around the New York Knicks' defense in Tuesday's preseason opener. New York was collectively a step too slow throughout the game. The Rockets play at an uptempo style as it is, especially with Mike D'Antoni now at the helm. Needless to say, playing a run-and-gun team like that in the first game of October is not something an opposing group wants to do. The Knicks had plenty of rust to wipe off, but playing a team like Houston right off the bat leaves them vulnerable.

New York's defense was ultimately its downfall, though on offense, the team began running on tired legs relatively early. Carmelo AnthonyLance Thomas and Brandon Jennings looked flat-footed while they combined to shoot 9 of 31 from the field. Alas, shaking out the kinks is what the preseason is all about.

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Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives the ball during the first quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina)
Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives the ball during the first quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina)

(AP) -- Undeniably helping the Houston Rockets reclaim a place among the NBA's premier offensive teams has been having a healthy and fresh Dwight Howard available.

It's uncertain whether that will be the case when the resurgent Rockets aim for a fourth straight win Tuesday night against the Brooklyn Nets.

Houston (10-11) visits Barclays Center for the first of back-to-back games, a scenario where Howard usually sits one night to rest his surgically repaired back. With a matchup at Washington on tap for Wednesday, it's conceivable the All-Star center could be held out against a Nets team that's been one of the league's worst.

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New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis drives the ball against Houston Rockets power forward Terrence Jones. (Gregory Fisher)
New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis drives the ball against Houston Rockets power forward Terrence Jones. (Gregory Fisher)

No Carmelo Anthony proved to be no problem for the Knicks on Sunday night. Taking on the Rockets as their star sat out with an illness, New York shot an impressive 58 percent from the field and saw five players score in double-figures. Four players dished out 4 assists. The ball movement was there, and so was the efficiency. Stepping up for Anthony, Arron Afflalo was assertive, attacking the basket and knocking down a plethora of jumpers from the corners en route to scoring 31 points. Kristaps Porzingis wasn't far behind with 20, but he was even more impressive as he crashed the boards and manned the paint. He gave the Knicks a very strong interior presence against the likes of Dwight Howard and Clint Capela.

Their offensive effort helped the Knicks jump out to a commanding lead, but their defensive effort wasn't bad, either. New York held James Harden, the league's second-leading scoring, to just 36 percent from the field. They made him work for his points, and kept him at bay pretty much until he finally began to persevere with the game on the line.

Alas, much of this would make it sound like New York went home with a victory. But this wasn't the case. The game came down to a few last minute poor decisions down the stretch, including some missed timeout opportunities, poorly run plays, and an inability to keep up the same type of effort from start to finish. Here's a look at some more observations from the game.

Tags: Aaron Afflalo, Derrick Williams, Houston Rockets, Kevin Seraphin, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, Langston Galloway, Keith Schlosser
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Nov 20, 2015; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) fouls New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports (Mark D. Smith)
Nov 20, 2015; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) fouls New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports (Mark D. Smith)

(AP) -- It's been 11 years since the New York Knicks won at Houston. They may be catching the sputtering Rockets at an opportune time to prevent that streak from continuing.

The Knicks look to win their fourth straight Saturday night and end an 11-game overall slide against Houston.

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Linsanity took the Garden by storm. It took New York by storm. It took the NBA by storm. In fact, Linsanity made waves throughout sports, as well as music, TV and pop culture.

It also sparked a bidding war between the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets, one in which the Rockets won by handing Jeremy Lin -- an unknown-turned-fan favorite point guard -- a three-year, $25.1 million deal to be a part of the revamped Rockets roster.

But for that amount of dough, Lin's 2012-13 season in which he averaged 13 points and 6 assists, did not live up to the expectations.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Houston Rockets, Jeremy Lin, Knicks, LeBron James, Linsanity, New York Knicks, Sam Spiegelman
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On Saturday night, the Nets were defeated by the Houston Rockets by a final score of 119-106.

The Skinny: Deron Williams scored the first nine Nets? points of the contest on 3-of-3 shooting. But the rest of the team managed to hit just one of its first 10 from the floor. Williams did not miss a shot in the first quarter and finished with 20 points. James Harden though was active all over the floor with 10 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals. Brooklyn led by one after one.

Houston took the lead on a 7-0 run to start the second quarter. Williams limped off early in the second quarter after appearing to roll his ankle. Once he went off, the Nets could not muster anything offensively, allowing the Rockets to open a 13-point lead. Even with D-Will back, the Rockets increased their lead to 18 points as part of a 25-6 extended run. Brooklyn cut the lead back to nine, but Houston closed out the half leading by 13.

Tags: Brooklyn Nets, deron williams, houston rockets, james harden, jeremy lin, linsanity, Nets, nets, rapid recap, rockets
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