Houston Rockets kicked off the NBA games for the 2019-2020 season with a 140-71 victory over the Shanghai Sharks on Monday and posted remarkable performances.
Although he did not play his entire list due to injury and the regular upkeep of superstar Russell Westbrook, the Houston Rockets seemed to be having fun on the road to a dominant victory of the 140-71 on Shanghai Sharks. From the first moment, it became clear that coach Mike D’Antoni was focusing on accelerating the pace of his team, which had taken a 36-14 lead in the first quarter.
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The Rockets also began to share the ball, especially James Harden, who continued to accelerate the pace whenever possible and find teammates in transition with easy baskets. Beard defeated the Sharks unassisted in the first quarter, delivering seven in nine minutes.
The second quarter did not improve for the Shanghai Sharks, as it seemed the five Rockets on the floor had a warm hand. Houston would use an advantage of 15 rebounds and 16 assists to take a 77-34 advantage in the locker room by half.
In the second half, the Rockets seemed to take their game even more in all respects, pushing the lead to 72 at one point. Chris Clemons made an impressive performance 18 minutes from the bench, which will be discussed later in the banknotes.
Although obviously, the competition did not reach the level at which the Rockets will face this season, it was still nice to see the teamwork as well and be as strong as a unit. Mike D’Antoni will surely be happy with the presence of his team on Monday in all aspects of the match.
In both areas, D’Antoni emphasized the need for the biggest improvement over the summer, accelerating and speeding up the pace. Houston was excellent. The Rockets finished with 67 rebounds against 34 and 32 in Shanghai against 10 for Shanghai.