|Date of game: 1/8/2015
Recap: New York vs. Houston
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Another home game at Madison Square Garden, another embarrassing loss for the Knicks.
James Harden totaled 25 points and nine assists and the Houston Rockets routed New York, 120-96, on Thursday.
All five starters reached double figures for Houston, which has dominated the Knicks in recent years. The Rockets have won 11 straight against New York and are 19-1 in the last 20 meetings.
Dwight Howard posted his fourth straight double-double with 13 points and 10 boards. Trevor Ariza scored 18 points, Donatas Motiejunas had 17 with seven rebounds and four steals and Patrick Beverley added 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting from behind the arc.
"Just happy we got the win," said Howard. "New York has been struggling a little bit, but we wanted to come out and take care of business early and try to put them away."
Travis Wear scored 21 points and Langston Galloway, in his first home game since being signed to a 10-day contract from New York's D-League affiliate, netted 19. Cleanthony Early gave 16 points.
"It was a lot of fun," said Galloway. "Just pretty much cherishing the moment and going what I've been doing my whole career."
New York's starters did not attempt a free throw, and none of the five reached double digits. The Knicks extended the worst home losing streak in franchise history to 11 games.
The Rockets led by 14 at halftime and quickly pushed the spread to 62-42 with Howard converting three-point plays on consecutive trips to start the third. A 6-0 run minutes later, which Harden capped with dunk, made it 70-47.
Despite trailing 93-69 after three, the young Knicks never stopped playing. Galloway hit a deep 3 to open the fourth and woke the crowd up with a transition dunk. Early then got hot, hitting a corner trey and stepback jumper less than a minute apart.
Motiejunas scored five in a row later in the period, making it 105-83, and Houston emptied its bench down the stretch. Jason Terry dropped eight of his 14 in the fourth.Game Notes
The last Knick to score 17-plus points in his home debut was Patrick Ewing in
1985. Ewing scored 18 points in that game ... The Knicks have lost 14 straight
games ... New York fell to 0-9 without Carmelo Anthony this season. Anthony
missed his fifth straight game with a sore left knee.