The Rockets came into Denver to face the Nuggets again since last Saturday’s 108-96 win in Houston, this time both teams didn’t have their rotation players. Nuggets Forward Danilo Gallinari, who didn’t play in last Saturday’s game due to a bruised knee was active coming off the bench and scored 16 points and going 4-8 from the three point line. For the Rockets, they were without Guard Jason Terry, who is in Dallas to be with his wife on the birth of their fifth child, Francisco Garcia (calf, strained Achilles), Terrance Jones (leg) and Kostas Papanikolaou (knee strain) were out also. Houston started the pace of the game similar to the one they played against Denver last Saturday but Denver’s lead was high as to 16 before cutting the Nuggets lead to 9.
The Rockets lead 60-55 at the half behind Harden’s 23 points and 4 assists along with Howard’s 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. For the Nuggets at the half, both Wilson Chandler and Aaron Afflalo had 13 points each.
The in second half, the Rockets were rallied alongside by D-Mo’s 18 points and six rebounds. This is Montiejunas career long 8th straight game with 10 + points. With the Rockets having the lead by three with seconds remaining in the game, off the Nuggets inbound pass guard Aaron Afflalo drained the game tying three to send the game in overtime. In Overtime, Guard James Harden took over with six important points down the stretch leading the Rockets to a 115-111 win in Denver. The Rockets return quickly back to Houston to play Anthony Davis and the upcoming New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday.