What if I told you that the Houston Rockets would get their best points totals from guards James Harden and Eric Gordon on Tuesday night? Harden scored 54 and Gordon scored 36 in Washington against the Wizards in a game that went to overtime, but it was not enough to give them a victory as they fell 135-131 in the end. All together, the two guards made history along with the starting guards for Washington by racking up 158 points between the four of them, the most in NBA history. Harden and Gordon had 90 points between them alone, a total that used to be about enough to win a game period, but the Rockets’ woes defensively have continued, and they drop to 9-10 as a result of that. Meanwhile, the win brings the slumping Wizards to 8-10 and closer to the .500 mark.
Elsewhere in the NBA, Kevin Durant made more history when he scored 49 points in a comeback win for the Golden State Warriors over the Orlando Magic (116-110). Durant recorded his second straight 40+ point game while also adding six rebounds and nine assists in a dominant performance. With his showing, he became the seventh Warrior to score 40 two games in a row. All that despite missing 17 shots, which he pointed out after the game!
On Monday Night Football, the AFC playoff picture got a little bit more clear as the Houston Texans improved to 8-3 on the season as QB Deshaun Watson, who had two passing and one running touchdown on the night, led them to their eighth straight win. That gives them the longest streak in franchise history, and it shows that they are a major contender in the conference. It all could have been so different, though, as the Titans (now 5-6) got off to a quick start to lead 10-0 in the first quarter. From there, though, they only scored once more in the 34-17 win for the Texas, who are surging at what they hope is the right time.
In college football news, it looks like a coach will be returning home. Mack Brown, most famous for his time in charge at Texas, has put pen to paper on a deal to become the head coach of North Carolina once again, at least according to sources. Brown, who left the program way back in 1997, led them to two top ten finishes in his final two years, a long, long way from where they are right now. He’ll be coming back to coaching after a stint in TV, so it will be interesting to see if he still has what it takes to lead the Tar Heels.