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Rocket’s James Harden Has Historic Performance

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Houston Rockets guard James Harden put on a performance in Tuesday night’s win over the Orlando Magic that will be hard for anyone to top.

Harden became the first player in NBA history to score 60 points as part of a triple-double, finishing with 60 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.

“I just gave it all I had tonight,” Harden said (h/t ESPN).

“We all did. We all fought for 48 minutes, we got key stops when we needed to and we made big shots.”

The Rockets had a slim roster as guard Chris Paul was out with a sore groin, Trevor Ariza was out with a strained hamstring, and guard Eric Gordon left early in the second quarter with lower back stiffness.

“I looked at Coach and said, ‘Eric can’t go,”’ Harden said. “He said go get ’em. And after that, I didn’t come out of the game.”

“Amazing, [and] topped it off with a four-point play at the end,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “But we had to have every minute from him.”

Harden was also a menace on defense, notching 4 steals and blocking a shot in the historic performance.

“It’s a good feeling, I guess,”Harden said. “Just try to go out there and make an impact every single night on the game, however I can. Whether it’s scoring, rebounding, assists, steals, whatever it is. And tonight, I guess I was doing everything.”

“I have never seen a performance like that,” Rockets guard Gerald Green said. “I caught myself just being a true fan throughout the whole game. … What he did today was remarkable.”

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Rockets’ Clint Capela Confident He Will Have a Big Season

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Houston Rockets big man Clint Capela is eyeing a big season in 2018-2019 and is hoping to elevate his game to the next level after signing a big contract with the Rockets this offseason, hoping for an All-Star caliber campaign.

Capela feels he was snubbed last season.

“It sucked,” Capela said, according to Kelly Iko of The Athletic. “I definitely think I should have been [this year], but I didn’t complain about it. It’s all about the consistency. By just doing the work that I do, for sure I’ll be an All-Star next year.”

Capela hopes to be the best center in the NBA.

“Of course,” said Capela. “As a basketball player, I like to do it. Makes me feel good. So yeah, why not? You never say never. You like to expand your game, and I like to expand my game.”

Capela has been working hard this offseason, as he aims to get in the same shape as former teammate Dwight Howard.

“I’ve been working on that [strength] so it helps,” Capela said. “Of course, getting stronger, more minutes, playing with the same guys helps. I’m just trying to stay engaged. I start off solely to stabilize and utilize to know what I’m doing before every game, what makes me and my body feel good. All of that helps me grow this year.”

“He was dominating,” Capela said of Howard. “He was always taking care of his body. Did his work, and went out there and just dominated. He was huge!”

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Suns Land Ryan Anderson, De’Anthony Melton in trade with Rockets

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The Phoenix Suns have acquired forward Ryan Anderson and guard De’Anthony Melton from the Houston Rockets in exchange for forward Marquese Chriss and point guard Brandon Knight, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Anderson agreed to reduce the guarantee on his $21 million salary in 2019-20 to $15.6 million to help facilitate a move out of Houston, who had been attempting to trade Anderson for two years due to his lofty salary.

Phoenix will have until July 10, 2019 to decide on guaranteeing the full amount for the final season of Anderson’s contract, and if they choose not to they can waive him and pay him his $15.6 million.

Chriss is the main piece heading to Houston. The Suns selected him with the 8th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft but Chriss has been a bust during his Suns tenure, often times looking out of place on the court and succumbing to a number of mental errors.

Chriss’ attitude has also become an issue and he had had trouble staying in shape, which motivated the Suns to move on from him despite trading for him on draft night.

Knight is expected to play backup to Rockets’ starting point guard Chris Paul.

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Rockets Sign Bruno Caboclo

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The Houston Rockets have officially signed free agent forward Bruno Caboclo, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes.

Caboclo became an unrestricted free agent when the Sacramento Kings, who acquired the 22-year old 6’9 forward via a trade with the Toronto Rapors, declined to extend him a qualifying offer in late June.

Caboclo is a former first round pick, as the Raptors selected him with the 20th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

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