Tune-In Tidbits: NBA TV Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019
Houston Rockets (13-7) at Toronto Raptors (15-5), 7:30 ET, NBA TV
James Harden has scored 110 points in his past two games as he is just the third player to ever follow a 60-point game with a 50-point game. Harden has scored 45 more points over the past two games than any other player in the NBA (Bradley Beal second with 65 points).
If James Harden reaches 50 points for a third straight game, he would be the first to do so since Kobe Bryant had four straight 50-point games in 2007. Michael Jordan (1987) is the only other player to have at least three straight 50-point games in the past 36 seasons.
Houston’s PJ Tucker leads all players in corner 3-pointers made (33) and attempted (61) this season. His 54.1% success rate from the corners ranks seventh among players that have attempted at least 25 corner 3s. Toronto’s Fred VanVleet ranks fifth at 54.2% from the corners, but on far fewer attempts (13-24).
The Raptors hold their opponents to 33.2% shooting from 3-point range, which is the fourth-lowest percentage allowed. Toronto’s opponents shoot 1.9 percentage points lower than their normal average when playing the Raptors. Houston leads the NBA in 3-pointers made (15.7 per game) and attempted (46 per game), but their 34.0% success rate ranks 26th in the league.
Reigning Most Improved Player Pascal Siakam has taken another leap this season as he is averaging career highs in points (25.1), rebounds (8.6), assists (3.9), 3-pointers made (2.4) and 3-point percentage (38.4%). The Raptors are 18.4 points per 100 possessions better with Siakam on the court (plus-11.9 net rating in 737 minutes) rather than off the court (minus-6.2 net rating in 233 minutes).
Isolation plays make up 19.5% of Houston’s offense (a mark that leads the league by 9.4 percentage points). They average 23 points per game on isolations and have an effective field goal percentage of 47.1% on those plays. The Raptors allow just 4.9 isolation points per game (fourth-lowest in the league) with opposing teams shooting just 42.3 eFG% on those plays.
Fred VanVleet has held his matchups to 41.6% shooting while forcing 51 turnovers. While most of his time (191 minutes) have come against fellow guards, when defending forwards, VanVleet has allowed opponents to shoot just 41.2% from the field.
Clint Capela has seven games this year where he’s recorded 20 points and 20 rebounds, tied with Andre Drummond for most in the league. He scoring 15.1 points per game and averaging a career-high 15.1 rebounds.