Dec 8, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson (14) controls the ball during the first quarter as Houston Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley (2) defends at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets 98 Orlando Magic 88-Recap

 

The Houston Rockets showed their dangerous offensive potential in the pre-season with ball movement, dribble penetration, and fast-break offense, but had been unable to re-capture that same mode in recent weeks. After a solid overall team performance in a win over the Golden State Warriors, the Rockets once again took care of business against the Magic, cruising to a 98-88 win.

2 nights ago, James Harden led the Rockets to a win with a 34 point outing, and looked like his normal self once again, finishing with 27 points, 10 assists, and 8 rebounds. Chandler Parsons added 18 points and Terrence Jones recorded another double-double, with 16 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 blocks. Dwight Howard, on his 28th birthday, scored 20 points and grabbed 22 rebounds.

 

Orlando Magic
STARTERS MIN FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Glen Davis, PF 28 8-18 0-0 2-4 5 1 6 3 2 0 1 3 -10 18
Andrew Nicholson, PF 22 4-11 1-5 2-2 2 2 4 0 0 1 0 2 -12 11
Jameer Nelson, PG 39 5-12 4-6 1-3 1 1 2 4 3 1 2 4 -14 15
Arron Afflalo, SG 39 6-17 1-6 3-4 1 8 9 1 0 0 1 4 -17 16
Victor Oladipo, SG 33 2-11 0-3 4-6 1 2 3 0 1 0 2 4 -25 8
BENCH MIN FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Kyle O’Quinn, PF 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 +3 0
Jason Maxiell, PF 18 1-4 0-0 0-2 1 4 5 0 1 3 0 5 -3 2
Maurice Harkless, SF 27 2-7 0-2 2-4 2 4 6 1 2 2 0 4 +2 6
E’Twaun Moore, PG 22 4-10 2-5 2-3 2 3 5 3 2 0 0 0 +19 12
Ronnie Price, PG 10 0-3 0-2 0-0 0 3 3 2 2 0 0 2 +4 0
Doron Lamb, SG 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +3 0
Solomon Jones, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION
Hedo Turkoglu, SF DNP COACH’S DECISION
Tobias Harris, SF DNP COACH’S DECISION
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
32-93 8-29 16-28 15 28 43 14 13 7 7 29 88
34.4% 27.6% 57.1%
Fast break points:   12
Points in the paint:   38
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers):   7 (7)

Houston Rockets

STARTERS MIN FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Dwight Howard, PF 34 6-12 0-0 8-14 8 14 22 3 2 3 4 4 +5 20
Terrence Jones, PF 35 6-13 2-4 2-7 2 11 13 0 2 5 1 3 +17 16
Chandler Parsons, SF 39 7-12 3-6 1-5 0 4 4 4 0 0 3 3 +11 18
Patrick Beverley, PG 39 3-9 2-8 1-3 1 3 4 3 0 1 1 2 +17 9
James Harden, SG 40 7-17 3-7 10-11 4 4 8 10 0 0 3 1 +22 27
BENCH MIN FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Donatas Motiejunas, PF 4 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 2 -5 0
Ronnie Brewer, SF 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -3 0
Omri Casspi, SF 23 2-5 0-2 2-2 0 6 6 1 0 1 0 2 +3 6
Aaron Brooks, PG 13 1-4 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 1 -10 2
Francisco Garcia, SG 13 0-3 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 2 -7 0
Robert Covington, SF DNP COACH’S DECISION
Isaiah Canaan, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION
TOTALS FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
32-76 10-33 24-42 15 45 60 22 5 10 18 20 98
42.1% 30.3% 57.1%
Fast break points:   13
Points in the paint:   36
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers):   20 (22)

 

The numbers describe any typical Rockets game so far this season: 20 total turnovers, but 22 team assists leading to 32 made field goals, while shooting just 57 percent(24 for 42) from the free throw line.

For 3 quarters, the Rockets essentially dominated the game, taking a 83-71 lead into the 4th quarter, before the Magic made their only run of the game. Jameer Nelson and Aaron Afflalo accounted for 10 straight points, as the Magic went on a 20-8 run to cut the Rockets lead to just 91-81 with over 5 minutes left. But it was the birthday boy who scored 5 straight points, and blocked a Maurice Harkless dunk attempt that lead to a Harden layup, extending the Rockets lead to 98-85, to put the game away.

 

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