The Rockets had 12 turnovers by half time and were up by just three points thanks to a beyond half-court buzzer beater from Toney Douglas.
James Harden lead the way once again for the Rockets, finishing with 31 points on 10-20 shooting, including 9-9 from the line. He took rookie Bradley Beal to school all night racking up easy buckets including a couple of throw-downs.
With the return of Harden after missing one game it meant that Jeremy Lin had to once again take a backseat to Harden as the main playmaker. After tying a career high with 38 points just the game before Lin finished with just 10 points on 4-8 from the field, 5 rebounds and 6 assists.
Omer Asik dominated the boards and gave the Wizards trouble all night with his length. He finished with a near double-double with 9 points and 16 rebounds. It’s safe to say that Asik is the best rebounder the Rockets have had since Hakeem Olajuwon.
Chandler Parsons had a solid game by doing it all. He finished with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. He was able to drive to the hoop at will therefore giving him confidence to shoot from deep as he nailed two clutch threes to seal the deal late for the Rockets.
It was an ugly game and not to sound cliché but a win is a win at this point. But you still have to be concerned with the way the Rockets played. They continue to be the worst in the league at turning the ball over as they had 17 against Washington who isn’t known for their defensive skills.
I love Harden as a playmaker but he is averaging 4 turnovers a game. He turned it over 5 times against Washington. I think Houston should give some of the playmaking duties to Lin to see if he is able to make better decisions with the ball in his hands. Just because Lin handles the ball doesn’t mean Harden won’t get his shots up.
The Boston Celtics are in town Friday night. Jeremy Lin and Patrick Patterson will need to step up big if the Rockets want to walk out with a win.
|WASHINGTON WIZARDS (3-16)|
|T. Ariza||NWT – STRAINED LEFT CALF|
|E. Barron||DNP – COACH’S DECISION|
|A.J. Price||NWT – FRACTURED RIGHT HAND|
|J. Vesely||DNP – COACH’S DECISION|
|39.3%||28.0%||80.0%||TEAM REBS: 7||TOTAL TO: 13|
|HOUSTON ROCKETS (10-11)|
|C. Aldrich||DNP – COACH’S DECISION|
|D. Cook||DNP – COACH’S DECISION|
|T. Jones||DNP – COACH’S DECISION|
|D. Motiejunas||DNP – COACH’S DECISION|
|44.7%||37.5%||73.3%||TEAM REBS: 8||TOTAL TO: 18|