Dec 4, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard Francisco Garcia (32) drives the ball during the first quarter as Phoenix Suns shooting guard Goran Dragic (1) defends at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets 88 Phoenix Suns 97-Recap

 

The Houston Rockets have ran into one injury too many. Without Chandler Parsons, Omer Asik, and Jeremy Lin, the Suns were able to hold the Rockets to a season low 35 percent shooting en route to a 97-88 win.

Eric Bledsoe led the way with 20 points and 7 assists, while Goran Dragic scored 19 points. P.J. Tucker added 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals, while holding James Harden to just 14 points on 3 for 17 shooting.

The Rockets started off poorly, shooting just 29 percent(14 for 47) from the field in the first half, while missing their first seven 3-point attempts. 12 first half turnovers led to 17 fast-break points for the Suns, and the Rockets found themselves down 51-40 at halftime.

Aaron Brooks and Omri Casspi started the 2nd half in place of Francisco Garcia and Terrence Jones, which would give the Rockets a quick boost. An 8-2 run in the first 4 minutes of the 3rd quarter cut the lead to just 5. The Rockets made just 2 3-pointers in the first half, but drained 4 in the 3rd quarter alone to make it a 63-61 game. But a 3-pointer by Channing Frye, and another 3 from Tucker boosted a 10-0 run for the Suns to take a 12 point lead into the 4th quarter.

 

Phoenix Suns
STARTERS MIN FG 3PFG FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Channing Frye, PF 33 6-12 2-6 0-0 0 6 6 3 2 1 0 4 +21 14
P.J. Tucker, SF 40 8-13 2-2 0-2 4 2 6 4 4 0 1 4 +18 18
Miles Plumlee, C 21 2-7 0-0 0-0 4 5 9 0 0 2 2 3 +1 4
Eric Bledsoe, PG 40 7-14 3-4 3-4 0 3 3 7 2 1 4 1 +11 20
Goran Dragic, SG 41 6-11 2-5 5-6 0 2 2 1 4 1 4 4 -5 19
BENCH MIN FG 3PFG FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Markieff Morris, PF 21 2-8 0-0 4-4 0 4 4 1 0 0 3 2 +3 8
Marcus Morris, PF 22 3-5 2-3 0-0 0 6 6 1 1 0 0 2 +2 8
Slava Kravtsov, C 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +2 0
Archie Goodwin, SG 4 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 -1 2
Gerald Green, SG 18 1-8 0-4 2-2 0 4 4 0 0 1 3 3 -7 4
Alex Len, C DNP SORE LEFT ANKLE
Ish Smith, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION
Dionte Christmas, SG DNP COACH’S DECISION
TOTALS FG 3PFG FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
36-79 11-24 14-19 8 32 40 17 13 6 18 23 97
45.6% 45.8% 73.7%
Fast break points:   26
Points in the paint:   42
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers):   20 (13)

Houston Rockets

STARTERS MIN FG 3PFG FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Dwight Howard, PF 36 4-11 0-0 7-9 8 10 18 0 1 0 5 2 -18 15
Terrence Jones, PF 24 4-9 0-1 0-0 3 4 7 1 0 1 2 2 -13 8
Patrick Beverley, PG 42 4-10 2-5 2-2 3 5 8 2 2 0 1 3 +4 12
Francisco Garcia, SG 28 3-9 2-7 0-0 1 4 5 1 0 0 1 3 -10 8
James Harden, SG 41 3-17 0-10 8-8 0 4 4 2 1 0 5 4 -20 14
BENCH MIN FG 3PFG FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Donatas Motiejunas, PF 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 +4 0
Omri Casspi, SF 31 6-13 2-3 0-0 3 4 7 1 1 0 5 3 +9 14
Aaron Brooks, PG 33 7-18 3-5 0-0 2 2 4 6 3 0 2 3 -1 17
Greg Smith, PF DNP SPRAINED RIGHT KNEE
Chandler Parsons, SF DNP SORE BACK
Ronnie Brewer, SF DNP COACH’S DECISION
Omer Asik, C DNP RIGHT THIGH CONTUSION
Jeremy Lin, PG DNP SPRAINED RIGHT KNEE
TOTALS FG 3PFG FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
31-88 9-31 17-19 21 33 54 13 8 1 22 20 88
35.2% 29.0% 89.5%
Fast break points:   14
Points in the paint:   40
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers):   23 (25)

 

 

Coach Kevin McHale made another adjustment to start the 4th quarter, putting Jones at center, and gave the Rockets a quick boost again. Brooks drained a 3 with 7 minutes left, which marked a 13-2 Rockets run to bring them within 1. That would be the closest that the Rockets would get, as the Suns answered back with a 12-0 run of their own. Former Rocket Marcus Morris made all 3 of his 3-point attempts in the 4th quarter, and drained the dagger from the right corner to push the Suns lead to 91-82 with just over a minute left.

Harden was unable to find a rhythm all game, facing double teams and sometimes triple teams, while dealing with the physical defense of Tucker. He scored just 6 points in the first half, and shot 0 for 10 from behind the 3-point line. Dwight Howard added 15 points and 18 rebounds, while Brooks led the way with 17 points and 6 assists.

The injuries had a clear effect, and Harden’s struggles all game didn’t help, but the Rockets did shoot themselves in the foot, committing 23 turnovers against the NBA’s top fast-break scoring team. The Suns turned those miscues to 26 fast-break points, and shot 48 percent from the 3-point line(11 for 23).

 

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