Houston 96, Charlotte 83

Date - Wednesday, October 30, 2013 8:00 PM
Location - Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Officials - #13 Monty McCutchen, # James Williams, #65 Sean Wright
Attendance - 18083

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Charlotte 19 20 22 22 83
Houston 17 28 22 29 96

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Charlotte 0-1 0-0 0-1 L1
Houston 1-0 1-0 0-0 W1

Recap

Rockets 96, Bobcats 83: James Harden scored 21 points despite a stiff back and Francisco Garcia added 19 off the bench as Houston pulled away for a season-opening victory.

Dwight Howard scored 17 points to go with 26 rebounds - matching his career high - in his debut with the Rockets, who overcame a sluggish start. Jeremy Lin added 16 points off the bench and Chandler Parsons scored 10. 

Josh McRoberts recorded 15 points to lead Charlotte, which got 14 off the bench from Ramon Sessions and 13 points and eight rebounds from Al Jefferson. 

The Rockets trailed by as many as six early but took control with an 11-0 run midway through the second quarter and didn't trail again. McRoberts hit a pair of 3-pointers sandwiching a Bismack Biyombo dunk to pull Charlotte within 57-56 with 5:18 left in the third, but the Bobcats missed their next five shots and didn't get closer than three the rest of the way. 

Harden struggled to find a rhythm through the pain but got back on track in the fourth, sparking an 8-0 run with a pair of driving buckets and a lob for Howard as Houston pushed the margin to 80-68. 

GAME NOTEBOOK: Rockets G Patrick Beverley took a shot to the ribs in the second quarter and didn't return. He scored five points in 10 minutes. … Bobcats G Gerald Henderson scored 11 points, his 25th consecutive game in double-digits. … Charlotte PF Cody Zeller, the team's first-round draft pick, was 1-for-6 from the field with two points and four rebounds in 16 minutes.


 

Top Game Performances

Charlotte   Houston
Josh McRoberts 15 Scoring James Harden 21
Kemba Walker 5 Assists James Harden 5
Al Jefferson 8 Rebounds Dwight Howard 26
Ramon Sessions 3 Free Throws Made James Harden 6
Kemba Walker 4 Steals Omer Asik 1
Al Jefferson 2 Blocks Omer Asik 2

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Charlotte 83 36.7 4-10 13-20 14 37 6 8 8
Houston 96 47.4 9-25 15-24 17 54 6 4 19

Upcoming Games

  • Houston will play their next game at home against Dallas. The Rockets have a W/L % of 1.000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • Charlotte will play their next game at home against Cleveland. The Bobcats have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.