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The Houston Rockets finally end their 7-game losing streak on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, beating the Charlotte Bobcats 100-94.
The Rockets ending the losing streak is great, but this was by no means a great win. They struggled with the Bobcats, who are 10-31 on the season for most of the game. It wasn’t until the 4th quarter that the Rockets really came to play.
James Harden finished with 29 points but he once again had an off night shooting the ball. He shot just 5-20 from the field and 0-5 from three. The bulk of his points came from the line as he went 19-21. He also grabbed 7 rebounds and dished out 7 assists.
Marcus Morris was the player of the game in my opinion. In 33 minutes he finished with 21 points on 7-12 shooting, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks. Just an all around great game for Morris, who had been struggling with his shot recently. He looked very confident today.
Another guy who had an all-around great game was Chandler Parsons. He finished with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.
Carlos Delfino continues to be a huge boost off the bench. He finished with 16 points and 3 rebounds in 25 minutes.
Jeremy Lin was once again a no-show. He only had 4 points on 1-5 shooting and 3 assists. He played so bad that Patrick Beverley came in with 3 minutes left in the 3rd and never came back out. Both players got 24 minutes of playing time and Beverley completely outplayed Lin, finishing with 10 points on 3-6 shooting, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
Another player who was a no-show was Patrick Patterson. He started the game but after 3 minutes was benched in favor of Morris. He didn’t get back into the game until the start of the 4th quarter. He finished with 0 points and 4 rebounds in 8 minutes. Now would be the time to get Terrence Jones or Donatas Motiejunas some playing time until the Rockets make a trade for a guy like Zach Randolph or Paul Millsap.
The Charlotte Bobcats rising star Kemba Walker had a career game today as he finished with a career high 35 points in 39 minutes. He shot 6-7 from downtown while also dishing out 5 assists.
Bismack Biyombo didn’t do much offensively but boy was he a force on the defensive end. He finished with 9 rebounds and 7 blocks in 36 minutes. This kid looks to be on his way to winning a few Defensive Player of the Year awards.
The Rockets will get a much needed day off tomorrow before getting ready for the Denver Nuggets at home.
I want to say congratulations to Greg Smith who didn’t attend the game because his baby was born.
In honor of Martin Luther King I want to leave you with one of his quotes: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”