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.
Houston has made a habit of fast starts and paces the NBA in first-quarter scoring at 31.5 points per game, nearly a full point ahead of the Cavaliers who rank second averaging 30.8 points in the first quarter this season.
"We played well in the first quarter," said Rockets reserve guard Eric Gordon, who tallied six points in six minutes off the bench in the opening period. "I think teams are trying to figure us out. We score a lot in the first quarter.
"With James (Harden) being the point guard, it's always going to be trouble for the other team." << Read more...
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