With their first Western Conference Finals appearance in nearly 20 years, it’s now official: the Houston Rockets are back and they mean business. James Harden has emerged as one of the NBA’s top stars, revolutionizing the game with his uncanny ability to score seemingly at will. Dwight Howard will continue to control the paint, and he’ll have incoming Wisconsin alumni Sam Dekker at his side this season as well. Key pieces returning this year also include defensive specialist Patrick Beverly, veteran wing scorer Corey Brewer and the always-dangerous Trevor Ariza. Is this the year the Houston Rockets finally return to the NBA Finals? Secure your Houston Rockets tickets at the Toyota Center for Houston home games right now to find out—Razorgator is your ticket for NBA action in 2015-16!
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8/11/15 - James Harden, Dwight Howard, Jason Terry, and the rest of the force known as the Houston Rockets are eagerly gearing up for the 2015-2016 season. The official NBA schedule for the upcoming season was released this week, and the Rockets will be looking for another blazing start as they face the shaky Denver Nuggets in their home opener on October 28. After finishing first in the Southwest Division last year with a 56-26 record and making an appearance in the playoffs, the Rockets will be looking for a strong start to the season. Come show them your unwavering support when they play the Nuggets on October 28 at Toyota Center. Tickets can currently be purchased for as little as $24, but they won’t last long.
5/19/15 - Counted out and left for dead, the Houston Rockets have risen from the ashes to propel themselves into the NBA Western Conference Finals for the first time since the days of Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon. James Harden overcame flu symptoms and the Rockets got significant contributions from Josh Smith, Trevor Ariza, and Corey Brewer to come all the way back from a 3-1 series deficit, shocking the L.A. Clippers with an epic Game 7 victory at the Toyota Center. Harden and company will hope that the confidence and momentum remains as they head into battle against Stephen Curry and the dangerous Warriors at Oracle Arena. Tickets for the first two games in Oakland are on sale now starting from $152, while Houston will host Games 3 and 4 beginning on Saturday. Seats for the Toyota Center start at $239 and they’re going fast!
5/5/15 - After stumbling against the Clippers in Game 1 of their second-round series, the Houston Rockets are facing a crucial contest on Wednesday night. James Harden and his squad climbed into the Western Conference Semifinals by knocking out the Mavericks in five games, but could not capitalize on home court advantage to start their series versus Los Angeles. Houston led at the half by a slim margin but came up short in the third quarter defensively, as Blake Griffin led his team to a 37-point quarter to claim a lead they would not relinquish. The Rockets will host Game 2 of the series at the Toyota Center on Wednesday night, and the building will surely be rocking. Tickets are on sale now to be a part of the excitement in-person—claim yours starting at $76.
4/27/15 - It is official: the Houston Rockets are going to the conference semifinals. On April 28th, the Rockets earned their fourth and final victory in the first round against the Dallas Mavericks. They even went as far as taking a victory on the Mavericks' home court, with an astounding 130 points. Houston's record in the playoffs so far is only tarnished by a single loss, April 26th's game. A very impressive feat, but three teams managed to remain undefeated, most notably the Golden State Warriors, whom the Rockets may have to play if they survive the next round. As for the conference semifinals, it is looking like Houston will be playing against the San Antonio Spurs, unless the Los Angeles Clippers are able to make a huge comeback.
4/22/15 - So far so good for the Houston Rockets, who have now won two games in the first round of the playoffs. They just need to beat the Dallas Mavericks two more times, out of the five remaining games, to move on to the conference semifinals. Clinching the number two spot over the San Antonio Spurs seems to be paying off. The tie was decided based on the Rocket’s more Southwest wins. Next, the Rockets will travel to Dallas to play the Mavericks in two away games. If they do not win both, they will return on April 28th to play again. Tickets for that game are nearly sold out and start at $122. Come out to see your team secure a spot in the second round of the postseason.
4/13/15 - The Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs have been neck and neck throughout this whole season. Now, with only one game remaining for each team, they are tied for the second spot at 55-26. After the regular season ends on April 15th, the Rockets will know if they are in the number two or the number three spot for the Western Conference. Most importantly, this final game will determine which team Houston plays in their opening game for the playoffs. Right now, it could either be the Los Angeles Clippers, the Memphis Grizzlies, or the Dallas Mavericks. The result depends on how all five teams play on April 15th, but the Rockets have a strong track record against all three of their potential opponents.
4/10/15 - The Houston Rockets are on a hot streak. Winning seven of their last eight games, and currently on a three-game winning streak, the Rockets remain in the third position for the entire league, only behind the Golden State Warriors and the Atlanta Hawks. The Warriors may hold ten more victories than Houston, but they just ended their winning streak with two consecutive losses. If the Warriors are going through a rough patch, it could be good news for the Rockets, especially with the playoffs now only a week away. Houston has four remaining games, and three of those games are on their own court. If you want to catch them in action before the regular season ends, you had better grab your tickets soon. Your next opportunity will be on April 10th when they play the San Antonio Spurs.
4/3/15 - With only six games remaining on their schedule, the Houston Rockets have climbed into second place overall in the Western Conference, leapfrogging the rugged Memphis Grizzlies. However, separated by only a half-game in the standings, the Rockets are fully aware that they must stay focused on maintaining their position. Superstar guard James Harden has done his part and then some, rattling off 75 points in Houston’s last two games, including a career-high 51 to shut down the Sacramento Kings. The Rockets take to the road beginning Sunday, as they clash with Oklahoma City and the uncontainable Russell Westbrook. Tickets are still available for Chesapeake Energy Arena for this afternoon game, starting at $37. Will these two teams meet again in this year’s NBA playoffs? Only time will tell!
3/24/15 - The Houston Rockets remain one of the top teams in the league. They have been playing especially well this last week as well, winning five of their last six games. It looks like they might be losing a little steam, however. Despite winning, their latest game against the New Orleans Pelicans was their first in seven matches in which they scored less than 100 points. Luckily, they now return to their home court to regain some of their energy. Things are looking extremely well for the Rockets as the playoffs quickly approach. If they can maintain this level of play, they will do fine in the postseason. Tickets for the Timberwolves/Rockets game start at only $37. Their next home game will be on April 1st against the Sacramento Kings.
3/16/15 - The Houston Rockets continue to alternate between winning and losing with back to back wins against the Los Angeles Clippers and the Orlando Magic, following two consecutive losses. The Rockets are, however, now back on their own court, so this may be their chance to balance out and gain some energy. They certain need the momentum before the postseason starts next month. As it is, they are sitting at 45-22 following their 94-107 win against the Magic, which came down to the final period. There are two remaining games before they return to playing on the road. The first, against the Denver Nuggets on March 19th, has tickets available for $54. Then they take on the Phoenix Suns on the 21st, which you can attend for $46.
3/10/15 - A narrow loss to the Memphis Grizzlies had coach Kevin McHale upset—not to mention Houston Rockets players and fans, who felt that James Harden was fouled on a key play in the final seconds. No call was made, however, and Marc Gasol sank a short baseline jumper to steal a win for the Grizz, who remained just ahead of the Rockets for second place in the Western Conference with the victory. Houston responded with back-to-back victories, dispatching the Detroit Pistons at home before taking to the road to knock off the Denver Nuggets on Saturday. Harden and his squad will enjoy three off days before heading to Portland to battle another Western Conference rival in the Trail Blazers. Limited seats for the Rose Garden are available starting at $22, but don’t delay because they won’t last long!
3/3/15 - In a showdown of MVP candidates, James Harden bested LeBron James, leading his Houston Rockets to a 105-103 overtime victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The contest represented a potential finals match-up, pitting top teams from each conference against one another with the playoffs just six weeks away. The win marked the Rockets’ fifth straight, a stretch that has included blowout victories as well as close games versus some of the league’s best. Houston will look for win number six on the road, as they travel to Atlanta to face another legitimate contender in the Hawks. Limited seating is still available at Philips Arena, with tickets starting at $33—come see two of the NBA’s best going head-to-head in what should be an action-packed, high-scoring affair.
2/24/15 - With 31 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, James Harden of the Houston Rockets showed how valuable he is to the team in a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Rockets had the win with 102-113. They have a two-game winning streak. Find out if they can keep it going when you come down to the Toyota Center to watch the Rockets take on the Brooklyn Nets. Tickets for this Friday (2/27) night game start at $29. A basketball game is a great way to begin your weekend. End your weekend with some fast-paced action on the court when the Cleveland Cavaliers come to town for an afternoon game. See all the Houston players you love take on the stars of the Cavaliers. Tickets start at $73.
2/17/15 - The Houston Rockets have been wanting to beef up their point guard rotation, and with the trade deadline approaching, they’re looking at Goran Dragic of the Phoenix Suns. Unfortunately, so are a lot of other teams, and Phoenix would like to keep him as well. You can see if the Houston Rockets made changes to their lineup when they play the Toronto Raptors on Saturday (2/21) at the Toyota Center in an evening game. Tickets start at $52. Houston plays five games at home before heading out on the road, so get in on all the action. Monday (2/23) is the Minnesota Timberwolves. Wednesday (2/25) brings the Los Angeles Clippers to town. The following Friday (2/27), the Brooklyn Nets join the Rockets on the court. Don’t wait to get your tickets to get the best seats in the house.
2/10/15 - The Houston Rockets couldn’t go out on the All-Star break with a win. In Wednesday’s disappointing game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Clippers took the game with a final score of 95-110. The Rockets held their own until the final quarter, when the Clippers scored 30 and kept the Rockets at 16. Josh Smith was the top performer with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Catch the Rockets back at the Toyota Center on Saturday (2/21) when the Toronto Raptors come to town. Razorgater has some great seats for this game. Tickets start at $42. The Rockets have four more home games following the Raptors. Don’t wait to get your tickets. Come out and show your support for the local team. Enjoy great basketball and watch your favorite players.
2/3/15 - The Houston Rockets had a four game winning streak until they went to Michigan for a game against the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons won with a final score of 101-114. Houston comes home to the Toyota Center for three games, and you still have time to get tickets. On Sunday (2/8), it’s the Portland Trail Blazers. Razorgator has great seats available for this game starting at $31. It’s your last chance to catch the Rockets at home until February 21, so you’ll want to come out to watch some great basketball. It looks like Dwight Howard will be out for at least four weeks while he strengthens his right knee. The West is a tough conference, so Houston needs him to get well to stay in contention for the playoffs.
1/26/15 - Although he was noted voted in as a starter, it is widely expected that NBA scoring leader James Harden will be among the All Star reserves in New York on February 15th. Harden has rattled off four straight 33-plus point performances, en route to three wins in the last four games for the Houston Rockets. A pair of defeats at the hands of the torrid Golden State Warriors represents the only blemishes for Houston in their last half-dozen games, as they jockey for position in the highly-competitive Western Conference. They will host rival Dallas on Wednesday night at the Toyota Center, before opening up a back-to-back on the road in Boston versus the Celtics on Friday. Get in to TD Garden to be a part of all the action, with tickets starting at just $29!
1/20/15 - The Southwest Division is a close race to the playoffs. The Grizzlies, Rockets, and Mavericks all have similar records at halfway mark of the season, at 29-12, 29-13, and 29-13 respectively. The Houston Rockets host the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday (1/28). Both teams are going to fight hard for the win, to try to get on top of the division. Get the best seats to see the game at the Toyota Center with tickets starting at $42. The most exciting place to watch the Rockets play is next the court. The Rockets’ James Harden had a great game in a recent win against the Indiana Pacers with 45 points, one rebound, seven assists, and one block. He had four 3-pointers during the game, and he’s having an MVP season.
1/12/15 - With his team off to a shaky start in the new year, James Harden has stepped up and responded. The leading scorer in the NBA, Harden has averaged over 26 points per game to lead the Houston Rockets to four straight victories, including three wins on the road versus Eastern Conference opponents. Second-year forward Donatas Motiejunas has also played well of late, averaging 12 points and nearly six rebounds over his last ten games. Kevin McHale is also finding ways to work newly-acquired Josh Smith into an already potent offense, getting 9.5 points and 4.5 boards from the athletic veteran off the bench. Wednesday night, the Rockets will travel to Orlando to face off with the Magic in search of their fifth straight win. Get in the game for as little as $19—but don’t wait, because tickets are limited!
1/5/15 - Since the return of Dwight Howard, the Houston Rockets have struggled to put together the sort of win streaks they opened the season with on their way to a 9-1 start. They remain squarely in the Western Conference playoff mix, with a current record of 23-11, but they will need Howard--their perennial Defensive Player of the Year candidate--to reassert himself on offense as well. The Rockets boast the top defense in the West, allowing 97.4 points per game, but are among the bottom four teams in points scored. When Howard is clicking with scoring leader James Harden, Houston creates an inside-out threat that can be matched by few teams in the league. The duo will have a great opportunity to find their rhythm on Thursday night when they visit the struggling New York Knicks. Get into Madison Square Garden with Razorgator! Great seats are available starting at $46.
12/31/14 - Facing their toughest five-game swing so far this season, the Houston Rockets emerged 2-3 to bring their record to 21-9 overall, placing them in a dead heat with Dallas for fourth place in the super-competitive Western Conference. Since reinserting center Dwight Howard into the lineup, the Rockets have lost close games to the Hawks and Spurs, but also posted quality wins over rivals Portland and Memphis, two of the teams currently situated above them in the standings. Monday night brought another setback though, as Houston could not slow down the Washington Wizards, who have emerged as a solid contender in the East this season behind guards John Wall and Bradley Beal. The Rockets will close out the year at home versus the Charlotte Hornets, and limited seats are still available with Razorgator starting at just $28!
12/24/14 - With just five games separating the top six teams in the powerful Western Conference, Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale knows that every win is crucial. The return of all-star center Dwight Howard should make things a little easier for his squad, who had dropped two home games before brushing off Portland, 110-95, behind 44 points from James Harden. Howard added 16 points and 13 boards in the win, the Rockets’ first game versus Portland since the Blazers eliminated them in the first round of last year’s playoffs. Houston improved to 20-7 on the season, and can gain a little more ground in the West on Friday night when they battle the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum. Great seats are available from Razorgator, and you can be part of the action with tickets starting at $31.
12/16/14 - The Houston Rockets continue to hold on to their number two ranking in the Southwest Division, adding another win to their record against the Denver Nuggets last week. Only Memphis stands in the way of the team’s top spot, but the division is stacked with teams boasting winning records. Center Dwight Howard returned to the court in Saturday’s game after missing the last 11 due to an injury. Howard led the team to the win, scoring 26 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. The Rockets will face the Atlanta Hawks at the Toyota Center Saturday, December 20, in an attempt to add another W to their already stellar record. Tickets for the event can still be purchased and are available beginning at only $19 each.
12/8/14 - The Houston Rockets will have a golden opportunity to climb toward the best record in the NBA, as they visit the Warriors on Wednesday night. The Rockets have been rolling, rattling off four straight victories, including a win over fellow Western Conference power Memphis. James Harden continues to set the pace for Houston, his 25.2 points per game virtually tied for first in the league with Kobe Bryant and Anthony Davis. A victory on the road over Golden State would pull Houston out of a three-way tie in the standings, and place them just percentage points behind the Warriors for first place overall. Oracle Arena in Oakland will surely be in playoff form for this contest, so grab your tickets while they’re still available—starting at just $43 with Razorgator!
12/2/14 - The Houston Rockets were able to pull off a tight win on Saturday despite the Milwaukee’s impressive season. Scoring more points in each quarter, the Rockets lead by only 14 points with a final score of 117-103. This brings Houston to 13-4, tied with the San Antonio Spurs for second in the Southwest Division. The number one position, however, is still held by the Memphis Grizzlies, who are sitting at 15-2. They seem unstoppable, but the Houston Rockets are taking them on this Wednesday in a home game that promises to be intense. If Houston is able to secure a victory against their biggest competition, it will be a massive step toward the championship. You aren’t going to want to miss this game. Tickets are still available for $15.
11/26/14 - The Houston Rockets are back on course for their incredible season after their game against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday ended their two-game losing streak. After a strong lead at the half and a good defense to hold that lead, the Rockets finished the game with 95 points over Dallas’ 92. This victory brings them to 10-3, just two wins shy of the top position in the Southwest Division, which is currently held by the Memphis Grizzlies (12-2). Houston will continue its series of home games with an exciting game against the New York Knicks on Monday. The Knicks currently have 4-10, so hopefully the Rockets will have a secure triumph. If you would like to attend to potentially witness Houston start a winning streak, tickets are available for $15.
11/17/14 - The Houston Rockets were able to put away another good win on Friday, this being their eighth victory this season. However, unlike many of their previous wins, this game was incredibly close right up to the final buzzer. Being tied with the Philadelphia 76ers at the half, and behind by 5 at the start of the last quarter, Houston set up an incredible offence to catch up and win by a single point (87-88). Their six-game winning streak was interrupted just a few weeks ago, but they are on course to start right where they left off, this being their second win in a row. Be sure to catch them when they take on the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Monday to see if they can put another victory away.
11/11/14 - On Saturday, the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets, two undefeated teams, faced off on the Rocket’s home court. Oakland was 4-0 and Houston was 6-0. With a score of 98-87, The Golden State Warriors were able to pull off a victory and keep their undefeated title. Though heartbreaking to see the end of the six game winning streak, Houston still have more victories overall and is in a beautiful position as they continue into the season. Additionally, this is the Warriors’ first 5-0 start in 20 years. Next, The Houston Rockets are headed to Mexico City to face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday the 12th. This upcoming game appears to be completely sold out, but it promises to be a very exciting game.
11/5/14 - With the 2014-2015 NBA season in full swing, your Rockets are looking down on the entire league with a pristine 5-0 record. Led by Coach Kevin McHale and superstar duo James “The Beard” Harden and Dwight “Superman” Howard, your Rockets have been dominating the competition in the early stages of this NBA season. Come out to the Toyota Center to cheer on the Rockets in person for their upcoming game against the hated rival San Antonio Spurs on 11/6, as well visits from the exciting Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers. The time is now for Houston to reclaim their championship glory from the days of Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwan. Razorgator is the best place to get your tickets for Rockets games, with an excellent selection and prices starting at just $13.
10/27/14 - The Houston Rockets finished off the postseason the right way, with a 96-87 victory over in-state rivals San Antonio. Now comes the hard work, as the Rockets head to Los Angeles to open their season against the Lakers.
10/23/14 - If anyone is looking forward to this season, it’s the Houston Rockets’ big man Dwight Howard. One recent report notes that he’s “gone back” to his form from his days in Orlando; meanwhile, former Rockets superstar Hakeem Olajuwon expects Howard to have an MVP-caliber season.
8/19/14 – The 2014-2015 Houston Rockets schedule just announced and it is chock-full of must-watch matchups. Don't miss Trevor Ariza's return to Houston joining all-star tandem Dwight Howard and James Harden! The Rockets will open up on the road against the Lakers in Los Angeles (Oct. 28), followed by their Nov. 1 home opener against the Boston Celtics. On Nov. 12 the Rockets will visit Mexico City for a special game against the Minnesota T-Wolves South of the border. See Chandler Parsons for the first time since leaving H-Town, when division rivals, the Dallas Mavericks, visit on Nov. 22. Fans can see the LeBron James and the Cavaliers in their only game in Houston, Mar. 1, or head over the Cleveland on Jan. 7. Buy your Houston Rockets tickets for the new year and see this fiery squad light up the court!
The Houston Rockets are always major threats in the ultra-competitive West and, last season, no one could deny the power of their elite offense. Houston racked up the second-most points per game (107.7) and finished fourth in offensive rating, thanks to their three-point shooting, free throw and interior scoring skills. Former OKC player, James Harden was integral to Houston’s success—bolstered by the addition of big man Dwight Howard, who, of course, put up big numbers. The two will get much help from Trevor Ariza, whose on-court abilities are in-line with Houston’s dynamic.
With dealmaker coach Daryl Morey at the helm, the Rockets have moved closer to the Western Conference's top tier. H-town had two picks in the 2014 draft, and landed NBA-ready athlete Nick Johnson and future superstar Clint Capela. The Rockets allowed Chandler Parsons to walk and moved Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik in order to clear cap space, but were ultimately unable to land Bosch or Carmelo. Now, the front office may turn to a player like Rajon Rondo to put the cherry on top of their stellar roster before the season starts. Buy your Houston Rockets tickets now and see this offensive powerhouse tear the Western Conference up in 2015!
4/29/14 - Don’t look now, but a series that looked close on paper, and had most pundits picking the Houston Rockets to advance over Portland, does not appear to be turning in their favor, as the Rockets dropped Game 4 in overtime on the road at the Moda Center, 123-120, to fall behind the Trail Blazers, three games to one. Of those 120 points scored by the Rockets, 96 were scored by four players – starters James Harden (28 points), chandler Parsons (26 points), and Dwight Howard (25 points, and a double-double of 14 rebounds); and reserve Troy Daniels, who contributed 17 points as one of just three of Houston’s reserves to see any court time this game. Three of the four games in this series have gone to overtime, and no game has been decided by more than seven points.
4/17/14 - It is looking like the Houston Rockets will hold the #4 slot in the Western Conference, which would give them home court advantage over their opponent (likely Portland). The Rockets got a solid win on April 14 over the conference’s top seed, San Antonio, winning by a 104-98 count. Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones each had scoring-rebounding double-doubles for the Rockets; Howard had 20 points and 17 boards, while Jones also hit 20 points, plus 11 rebounds, two steals and an assist. Chandler Parsons led the Rockets with 21 points, adding seven boards and four dishes; James Harden tossed in 16 points, grabbed a pair of rebounds, handed out seven assists, with one steal. Omer Asik contributed eight boards and a pair of rejections as a reserve.
4/8/14 - The Houston Rockets parlayed a big win over Oklahoma City to clinch a berth in the Western Conference playoffs, then followed that win with a come from behind overtime win over Denver, 130-125. All the more impressive about the Rockets’ win was that they did it without the services of either Dwight Howard or Patrick Beverley. Aside from James Harden’s 32 point explosion (the game high, accompanied by 10 assists and four steals), the Rockets scoring was very balanced, with all five starters reaching double figures, along with a pair of reserves. Omer Azik had a monster night on the floor for Houston, grabbing 23 rebounds and swatting away three shots to go along with his 18 point offensive output.
4/1/14 - Even though James Harden scored a game high 32 points and Chandler Parsons was not far behind with 28 points, the Houston Rockets were unable to subdue Chris Paul and company in a 118-107 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers over the weekend. Parsons nearly had a double-double, pulling down nine boards; center Omer Asik did have the double, combining 12 points and 11 rebounds. Along with his scoring, Harden was also responsible for seven rebounds, six assists and a steal; Isaiah Canaan came off the bench to contribute 14 points, four rebounds and three assists. Jeremy Lin rounded out the double-digit scoring for the Rockets, adding 10 points – eight from the free throw line.
3/25/14 - It’s been James Harden leading the way for the Houston Rockets of late. He’s broken the 30-point mark in the last two games – both wins – for the Rockets, hanging 37 on Cleveland, and scoring 31 in their most recent victory, a 100-89 decision over Charlotte. The Rockets have won four straight now, and are 7-3 in their last 10 games. Also playing a key role in the win over Charlotte was Terrence Jones, who scored 18 points and pulled down seven boards; Dwight Howard had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds, along with four assists, a pair of steals and a blocked shot. The Rockets were effective in fast break points, scoring 21 on the break to Charlotte’s four; The Rockets also claimed a 50-38 advantage on points in the paint.
3/18/14 - Just like a ballistic missile, what goes up must come down, and the Houston Rockets are no different. Last week the Rockets took to the road for a trio of contests against playoff contenders and dropped all three, to Oklahoma City, Chicago and Miami, before recovering at home for a 38-point torching of Utah. Terrence Jones went for 30 points, five rebounds, four blocks, an assist and a steal for Houston, who currently sit in fourth place just two games ahead of Portland in the standings. Big men Omer Asik and Donatas Motiejunas each cleared 11 boards, while Jeremy Lin exploded for 17 points and nine assists coming off the bench.
3/13/14 - They’ve won five straight, including key victories over Miami, Indiana, and most recently, Portland. For those reasons, ESPN has put the Houston Rockets at the top of this week’s NBA Power Rankings ahead of a matchup with Oklahoma City. James Harden dropped 41 on the Trail Blazers in the overtime win, along with 10 rebounds; Dwight Howard had 17 points, 12 rebounds, and three blocks. More scoring help came off the bench in the form of Jeremy Lin, who racked up 26 points for the Rockets, as coach Kevin McHale used a smaller lineup to emerge victorious.
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.”
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.
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.