Clint Capela and Chris Paul combined to score 45 points for the Rockets. Despite shooting just 6-of-14 from the field, Nikola Jokic flirted with a triple-double, finishing with 14 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.
James Harden pulled up from the left wing, sunk one of his devastating 3-pointers and sent the Nuggets on their way to their fourth consecutive loss.
While the Rockets have yet to waive Anthony to this point, it's likely due to the fact that they could be attempting to trade him.
The Rockets' star guard sat out seven games last January because of a Grade 2 hamstring injury in his left leg, but Harden, last season's Most Valuable Player, said what he felt Wednesday was "nothing close to past year".
"I just take what the defense gives me", Harden said. Houston has a net rating of minus-9.0 with Anthony on the court and minus-0.2 with him on the bench, per NBA.com. We've just got to figure it out.
Both are having great rookie campaigns, and Denver will get its first look at the 20-year-old Young. Almost every offensive possession of the first quarter for the Nuggets involved Jokic forcing James Harden to defend him as he went to work in the post as a facilitator and a scorer. They were forcing turnovers, getting out in transition, and were getting to the foul line consistently and it led to Denver carrying a 10-point deficit into the fourth and final quarter after being outscored 32-21 in the third frame.
MacMullan added that 'Melo's reluctance to come off the bench-according to Basketball Reference, the former Syracuse student is the only player to have played at least 1,000 games since the 1981-82 season without ever coming off the bench-played a part in his downfall. But from guy one to guy 15 - and I'll put myself in there; a lot of this is on me right now - we're not playing well.