Taking the first three games of the season series against the Denver Nuggets would have been miraculous, but something had to give. The Houston Rockets finally lost to the defending champs this evening with a 134-124 final. The point differential isn’t as indicative of how bad it looked for the Rockets, especially early on.
Aided by the return of Jamal Murray and the absences of Fred VanVleet and Jae’Sean Tate, Denver got off to a hot start and led by 15 at the end of the first quarter. Denver’s 41 point outburst went against just about everything we’ve seen from a Rockets’ defense that has been pretty swell this season.