Defense and free throw makes were nonexistent, but that didn’t stop the Houston Rockets from leaving with an ugly win against the Orlando Magic 118-110.
The Rockets ended their two-game losing streak with the help from guys like Donatas Motiejunas and Patrick Beverley.
D-Mo shot 7-12 from the field and 2-5 from three for 17 points. He only racked up 3 rebounds and played poor defensively, but the kid still has a lot to learn. He essentially was thrown to the wolves after Patrick Patterson and Marcus Morris were traded but he has responded well.
Patrick Beverley came in the 4th quarter and played so well that Jeremy Lin got benched for the remainder of the game. Beverley finished with 13 points 5-7 shooting from the field and 3-4 from deep to go with 6 assists and 3 steals. Far too often has Lin been outplayed by his backup.
Hometown man Chandler Parsons took it to the Magic in front of many of his fans, racking up 21 points and 4 assists in 41 minutes.
James Harden took a while to get it going but once he did there was no stopping him as usual. He finished with 24 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds and 3 steals in 42 minutes. He shot 10-11 from the line.
The leading scorer of the night was the Magic’s newly acquired Tobias Harris. He finished with a double-double with 27 points 11-15 shooting and 10 rebounds. Nikola Vucevic also had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. The Magic’s two point guards E’Twaun Moore and Beno Udrih combined for 13 points and 19 assists.
It was a tough game to watch defensively but at this point a win is a win. The Rockets will now face the Dallas Mavericks twice in a row as the first game is Sunday night.