With a poor first half effort, Rockets drop second straight at home

The Atlanta Hawks are good, but the Rockets made them look elite in the first half. Thanks to a rare poor defensive effort by Houston, Atlanta ran out to a 47-31 first half lead as for the first time this season, Houston fans booed the Rockets' effort. A strong comeback in the second half gave the Rockets a late lead, but they couldn't close as the Hawks pulled out the 104-97 win, dropping the Rockets to 19-7. James Harden finished with a career-high 14 assists, but his offensive game (5-16 shooting) struggled, especially in the first half (0-7). The game was also the poorest officiated game this season as several questionable calls seemed to go against the Rockets. It does not get easier for the Rockets as Portland comes into town on Monday -- the first time the Rockets will face the Blazers since the Damian Lillard shot that ended Houston's season last year.

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