With just a little under two minutes left in the game, the Denver Nuggets had an eight point lead and must have thought they were heading back to Denver with a victory. But the Houston Rockets' James Harden had different plans. As he made seven of the final nine points for the Rockets, including a game-tying three pointer to send the game to overtime.
It was quite the return for Aaron Brooks, who was traded to the Nuggets in mid-March for Jordan Hamilton, who now resides with the Rockets. Although Hamilton did not play, Brooks seemed right at home as he boasted All-Star numbers: 24 points, 15 assists, eight rebounds and three steals. Following in the footsteps of their back-up point guard, most of the Nuggs chimed in to keep the game close throughout, as six Nuggets broke into double figures. Showing his consistency, Kenneth Faried tallied up yet another double-double, which accumulates to his 24th of the season. However, the Nuggs got killed on the transition giving up 36 fast break points to the home team, which was 14 more than they could muster. And although they made more three's than Houston, the Rockets made 'em when they counted most.
It was truly a collective effort made by the entire Rockets team that lead them to victory. And the leader of that effort was James Harden. Harden continued to show why he was the only All-Star on the court (Dwight Howard did not play because of a strained ankle), putting up an impressive 32-point and 10-assist performance. Rookie point guard Isaiah Cannan also displayed his talents at the point, hitting four three's on the way to his best game of the entire season by far. But it was the contribution of the entire team, whom of which had seven players broke into double digits that helped the Rockets outlast the Nuggs in OT.
For those of you who enjoyed this up-and-down roller-coaster ride last night, there will be a rematch between these two Western Conference foes in just three short days. Maybe the change of scenery will make for a change in victor as well.