After officially disconnected band with Carmelo Anthony, the rockets fly the defending champions Warriors behind James Harden
MANILA, Philippines – Just a few hours after Houston announced that Carmelo Anthony has divorced, Rockets rolls into a 107-86 drubbing of Golden State Warriors in Texas on Thursday, November 15 (Friday, November 16, Manila Time).
James Harden scored 27 points and James Ennis made 19 to run the rockets in the feedback of last season's Western Conference Finals.
The victory came shortly after Houston officially separated roads with Anthony, 10-time All-Star who did not find his track with the Rockets. (READ: Rockets, Carmelo Anthony "Different Way" After 10 Matches)
"It's tough," said Rockets star Chris Paul. "Some guys in the league are your teammates, but Melo is my family. But for me, it's just about his happiness by the end of the day."
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James Harden: 27 PTS
James Ennis III: 19 PTS
Eric Gordon: 17 PTS
Chris Paul: 10 PTS, 7 AST, 5 REB pic.twitter.com/IIfYE5CYEF
– NBA (@NBA) November 16, 2018
Eric Gordon had 17 points and Paul collected 10 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds for Rockets, who blew the game next to a huge 21-0 run in the last quarter.
The Rakets – who had Anthony for only 10 games – went even for the first time with a 7-7 record.
"The fit we imagined when Carmelo chose to write with Rockets has not occurred, so we thought it would be best to continue as any other outcome would have been unfair to him," Rockets General Director Daryl Morey said in a statement.
Kevin Durant kicked 20 points to lead Warriors, the defending champions who also solved their own own drama.
Warriors All-Star Draymond Green returned to action after serving a one-game, team-mounted suspension after a controversial locker room spat with Durant. Both then decided their differences. (READ: Green settlements Durant spat, says Warriors will not "crumble")
Steph Curry also set out for the fourth straight game because of a nagga left luststam. The two-time MVP, but still traveled with the Warriorsna on their three-game road trip to Texas. (READ: Steph Curry will be on 3-player trip)
The typically striker Warriorsna, who scored a surprising 4-out-18 (22%) from three-point range, only absorbed his fourth loss in 16 matches. – Rappler.com