Houston Rockets 2014 News and Updates
3/5/14 - In their first game at home in the Toyota Center since mid-February, the Houston Rockets got balanced scoring from six players in double figures, led by Terrence Jones’s 22 points and 20 from James Harden, in a 118-110 win over visiting Detroit. Harden had 12 assists and three steals, while Jones also contributed 10 rebounds to the winning effort. Dwight Howard chipped in 17 points and eight rebounds, while Patrick Beverley was deadly from beyond the three-point arc, hitting on 5-of-9 as part of his 19 point effort. Jordan Hamilton got his first home start, replacing Chandler Parsons (illness) in the lineup.
2/26/14 - It was the Howard and Harden show last Sunday in the Houston Rockets’ 115-112 win over the Phoenix Suns at the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix. Dwight Howard rung up 25 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots for the Rockets, while James Harden contributed 23 points, five boards, seven assists, and three steals. All five Houston starters recorded double figures in points; Chandler Beverly had seven assists, while Patrick Beverley also collected three steals. The Rockets are off until next week, when they play the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento.
2/21/14 - Despite having two players on the West roster, neither representative from the Houston Rockets made a significant statistical impression on last weekend’s All Star Game in New Orleans. Starting guard James Harden played 24 minutes but collected only eight points for the West, along with five assists and a steal; while center Dwight Howard equaled his teammate’s scoring output, but contributed 11 rebounds (a team high).
2/6/14 - Having won their last four straight games, the Houston Rockets have found themselves on a roll as January ended and February started, capped off with their most recent win, 122-108 over Phoenix on February 5. Dwight Howard led the way for the Rockets, collecting 34 points and 14 boards, while sidekick James Harden contributed 23 points and Terrence Jones added 9 rebounds. Center Omer Asik has returned to practice for the Rockets, though there is no timetable for his return to active status.
1/31/14 - With James Harden out injured, the Houston Chronicle is reporting that Lin-sanity – as in Jeremy Lin – has returned to the Houston Rockets starting lineup; as well, coach Kevin McHale expects him to play aggressively and take more shots. Lin was a key factor in the Rockets back-to-back defeat of Lone Star rivals San Antonio and Dallas, shooting 5 for 13 from the field en route to 18 points over the Spurs. McHale noted that Lin needs “to play the way he plays, which is attacking.”
2/22/13 - Going into the 2012 season the Houston Rockets were a rebuilding team without much hope for this season. Then they pulled off a blockbuster trade that brought them sixth man of the year James Harden to pair in the backcourt with newly acquired free agent Jeremy Lin (formerly of the New York Knicks). Now they are a legitimate playoff contender. Currently on the bubble as the eighth seed, the Rockets are a young team on the rise. They continued to rebuild on the fly at the trade deadline acquiring No. 5 pick Thomas Robinson and forwards Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt from the Sacramento Kings on February 20 (they also reached an agreement with the Phoenix Suns receiving a second-round pick for forward Marcus Morris). Can James Harden, who was recently voted the NBA's third-best one-on-one player, help mold this new squad into a championship caliber team?
Cheap Houston Rockets tickets are available for every game. In fact, Rockets game tickets at Toyota Center in Houston are on average $49 cheaper than Houston Rockets basketball tickets on the road. The average ticket at home is $68, the ninth cheapest in the League; the average away ticket is $117, the eighth most expensive away ticket in the NBA. Upcoming matchups on the Houston Rockets schedule include games against the
Indiana Pacers (3/27) and the Los Angeles Clippers (3/30). The average Houston Rockets ticket for the remainder of the season is just $54.
Houston Rockets 2013-2014 Season
With the addition of prized free agent Dwight Howard
, the Rockets are poised to contend for Western Conference supremacy. After years attempting to acquire the All-Pro center, General Manager Daryl Morrey finally succeeded, beating out the Lakers, Warriors, Mavericks, and Hawks for Howard’s services. Fellow All-Star James Harden enters the 2013-14 season at just 24 years old and has the potential to be a Top 5 player in the NBA. Houston also has a stable of promising young supporting players including point guard Jeremy ‘Linsanity’ Lin
and versatile forward Chandler Parsons. If coach and former Celtic legend Kevin McHale can push the right buttons, the Rockets have the opportunity to challenge not just for the Western Conference title, but also for the NBA Championship.
The average price for Rockets tickets at the Toyota Center for the 2013-14 season is $192, the tenth most expensive ticket in the NBA. With the addition of Howard, Houston Rockets tickets shot up in price. Up an average of $126 a ticket since last year, the increase is the second largest in the league. The Rockets season opener on 10/30 against the Bobcats has an average price of $268. Averaging $420, the most expensive home game is on 3/4 against the defending champion Heat. The Rockets host Howard’s former Lakers team on 1/8 in the second-most expensive home game, averaging $400. The Lakers first trip to Houston in the second week of the season on 11/7 is 17% less expensive, averaging $331. Dwight Howard's return to Staples Center is scheduled for February 19. On Christmas Day, the Rockets travel 200 miles west to take on in-state rival and defending Western Conference champion Spurs. The lone-star state showdown is averaging $239, less expensive than all but three Rockets home games.