Jan 23, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Denver Nuggets shooting guard Andre Iguodala (9) controls the ball as Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) defends during the second quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
For the NBA’s most turnover prone team, the same mistakes became exposed for the Houston Rockets as they fell to the Denver Nuggets 105-95. The Rockets committed 23 turnovers, 1 shy of their season high, while allowing Denver to shoot 47 percent from the field.
With the game tied at 55 midway through the 3rd quarter, the Nuggets bench help lead a 27-11 run to close out the quarter. Javale McGee made a huge impact, blocking 3 shots in the quarter, scoring 14 points off the bench, including an alley-oop to himself off the backboard. Wilson Chandler added 20 points off the bench, while Ty Lawson led the way with 21 points and 7 assists.
The Rockets were led by James Harden, who had 23 points and 7 assists, Carlos Delfino with 15 points, and Omir Asik, who had 6 points and 13 rebounds. Houston was outscored 36-22 in the 3rd quarter, a quarter in which they committed 6 turnovers during the Nugget’s run.
Chandler Parsons had arguably, his worst performance of the season, scoring just 6 points in 29 minutes, as he picked up his 4th foul early in the 3rd quarter, while Jeremy Lin played only 24 minutes, scoring 9 points and dishing out 3 assists. For the second game in a row, Lin sat the entire 4th quarter.
The Rockets have now lost 6 straight games against the Nuggets, and are now 7-17 vs. the west. They travel to New Orleans Friday to play the Hornets, in which they are 1-10 this season on the road vs. the west. Houston has dropped seven of their last eight games.