The three keys to the Rockets losing were crucial missed free throws, crucial missed layups and bad turnovers throughout the game. Jeremy Lin missed a couple of free throws that would have either tied the game or gave Houston the lead. He also tried to force a pass to Chandler Parsons down low in the final seconds of play which lead to a turnover. Lin finished with 19 points and 4 assists.
James Harden was all over the place tonight. He couldn’t buy a shot to save his life. He did finish with 20 points but shot just 5-23 from the field and 1-8 from three. In the final minutes of regulation he attempted to play hero ball instead of looking to make the right play.
Chandler Parsons didn’t have a great game shooting overall but he did go 4-6 from three for 18 points. He was a big reason why the Rockets were able to keep pace with the Mavericks.
Another big night for the Big O as Omer Asik finished with another double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds. His 15 boards are the highest he’s had so far in 2013.
Patrick Beverley showed the world he has some talent as the game was televised on ESPN. In 13 minutes he finished with 7 points on 3-3 shooting and 1-1 from three. He also got 2 assists, 1 rebound and 1 block. Not a bad stat line in just his second career game and the first time having meaningful minutes as he checked in the game in the first and second half.
The Mavericks shot just 38% from the field but got the Rockets to play down to their speed. The old guys like Dirk Nowitzki, Elton Brand and Shawn Marion played key roles in the Mavericks victory. Dirk finished with 19 points and 8 rebounds, Marion finished with 18 points and 9 rebounds while Brand finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The Rockets will now get a night off before continuing their 6-game road trip Friday night as they face the Indiana Pacers.