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NBA Preseason: Houston Rockets vs. New Orleans Pelicans Recap

The Houston Rockets are projected to be one of the highest scoring offensive shows in the NBA this upcoming season, and last night against the New Orleans Pelicans they held up that lofty projection. All 5 Rocket starters scored in double-digits led by James Harden with 20 points, plus every player but Harden shot the ball at well over the 50% clip.

While turnovers, steals and personal foul team statistics were almost identical, Houston took the board advantage by 6 rebounds, and then it came down to shooting the rock far better than the Pelicans did.

Ryan Anderson, who is not normally one of New Orleans higher shot-takers, took nearly twice as many shots as the next highest Hornet. A pair of reserve guards for New Orleans could hit on 2 baskets each, as Nate Robinson and Bo McCalebb split a total of 18 tries.

Poor shooting by the Hornets helped propel the Rockets to victory, but the home crowd had to be enthused by the outstanding team offense exhibited by Houston. An offensive show that will be needed when the regular season starts next week.

NBA Preseason: Houston Rockets vs. Miami Heat Recap

The Rockets' Trevor Ariza scored 24 points on 10-for-14 shooting, but his team still lost a preseason game to the Miami Heat at the Toyota Center. Ariza hit four three-pointers in 27 minutes of play in his best game of the preseason. James Harden added 21 points for Houston, but he hit just 7-of-21 shots. Gerald Green led the Heat with 21 points off the bench on 7-of-11 shooting and Luol Deng added 15. Hassan Whiteside had 12 points and nine rebounds. The Heat shot 53 percent and held Houston to 37 percent shooting, but Miami still trailed 90-84 midway through the third quarter before going on a 14-2 run to take the lead.

NBA Preseason: Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets Recap

Stephen Curry scored 19 points in just 17 minutes, leading the Warriors to an easy preseason win over the Rockets. Golden State shot 57 percent for the night and held Houston to just 36 percent shooting. The Warriors scored an incredible 82 points in the first half, fueled by Curry's 14 in the second quarter. Klay Thompson had 16 points for Golden State in 17 minutes, while Brandon Rush and Maurice Speights scored 12 each. For Houston, K.J. McDaniels had a strong game with 20 points and eight rebounds. The Rockets had a 55-43 advantage on the boards, but could not overcome their own poor defense.
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Houston Rockets 2014-2015 Schedule, Score, Roster, Rumors, Seating Charts

Houston Rockets Schedule in 2014 - 2015

The Houston Rockets 2014-2015 schedule will commence on the road with their state rivals, the Dallas Mavericks, facing former Rocket Chandler Parsons for the first time this season. Other notable games in the schedule include the defending NBA champions San Antonio Spurs on October 24, November 6, December 28, and on April 8 and 10, 2015. They will face the Portland Trailblazers, who eliminated them from last year’s playoffs, on December 22 at home. In addition, the Rockets will get their first taste of Lebron James and the revamped Cleveland Cavaliers on January 7, 2014 in Cleveland. This season, the Houston Rockets longest road-trip of the season will span four games in early March, as they will travel west to meet the Nuggets, Trailblazers, Jazz, and Clippers from March 7-15. Furthermore, the Rockets will experience the dread of back-to-back games 20 times this season. To close out the regular season, Houston will take on the Utah Jazz at home on tax day, April 15, 2015.

Houston Rockets Roster

The Houston Rockets begin the 2014-2015 NBA season quite differently than how they ended their playoff run the previous season. Gone is small forward Chandler Parsons, who joined the Dallas Mavericks, backup center Omer Asik, who was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans, and point guard Jeremy Lin, who was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. Despite losing out on coveted free agent Chris Bosh, who decided to return to the Miami Heat, the Rockets added valuable players either through trade or free agency. Trevor Ariza returns to the Rockets after a stint in New Orleans, along with guards Jason Terry and Ish Smith. These additions will join the core duo of starting shooting guard James Harden and starting center Dwight Howard, who look to lead the team to another playoff appearance. Along with Harden and Howard, the projected starting lineup includes Ariza and small forward, Terrence Jones at power forward, and Patrick Beverley at point guard.

Houston Rockets Fan Experience

The Houston Rockets home games are played at the Toyota Center, under the operation of Clutch City Sports and Entertainment. Located in the heart of downtown Houston, Texas, the Toyota Center is an indoor arena which seats 18,023 basketball fans during the NBA season. The state-of-the-art arena includes 2,900 club seats and 103 luxury suites and offers a variety of upscale concessions, concierge service, and a full private bar. The Toyota center is also home to various events throughout the year, including concerts, sporting events, and award shows. Named after Japanese automobile manufacturer Toyota, the arena first opened its doors in 2003.

Houston Rockets Trivia

The Houston Rockets have housed some of the most notable centers in NBA history. From Moses Malone, who won the NBA Most Valuable Player in 1979 and 1982, Hakeem Olajuwon, the all-time leader in blocks in NBA History, and Yao Ming, the tallest player to don a Rocket uniform. Joining that trio is Dwight Howard, already a notable defensive player before his career as a Rocket.

Houston Rockets History

The Rockets franchise began playing professional basketball as part of the National Basketball Association in 1967 in San Diego, California as an expansion team. After four years in California, the team relocated to Houston, Texas. The first decade in Rockets history saw much improvement, but the team would not see success until the arrival of future Hall of Fame center Moses Malone. With Malone, Calvin Murphy, and Rudy Tomjanovich, the Rockets would win their first division title in 1977. However, despite that trio, championship success would not come until the arrival of center Hakeem Olajuwon, who the team drafted first overall in 1984. Along with coach Rudy Tomjanovich, Olajuwon and the city of Houston would celebrate their first championship after defeating the New York Knicks in six games in the 1994 NBA Finals. The following season, the team would repeat with the addition of Clyde Drexler via trade. The team has added notable players such as Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen, Steve Francis, Yao Ming, and Tracy McGrady in subsequent years but have yet to match the success of those Olajuwon championship teams.

Houston Rockets Fan Info

The Houston Rocket fan base is among the most loyal throughout the country. Consistently selling out home games in their previous home arena, The Summit, and their new home, the Toyota Center, the Rocket fans prove they love their team. These “Clutch Fans” are loud, boisterous, and obsessed with all things Rockets. They showcase their witty signs, don their favorite player’s jersey, and make sure they disrupt the opposing team when they are on offense or shooting free throws. Truly, the city of Houston has shown their love for their Rockets no matter the scoreboard and no matter the name on the back of a jersey.