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The Houston Rockets once again started Patrick Beverley, James Harden, Chandler Parsons, and the devastating duo of Omer Asik and Dwight Howard. Against the Memphis Grizzlies BIG duo of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph the Rockets would get their finest test if the lineup would work. Well, it worked, and worked extremely well. Houston held the Grizzlies to 7-35 shooting for 20.6% in the first half. Much of the game was decided in the first quarter where the Rockets trounced the Grizzlies 30-10. The only negative of the first quarter was James Harden suffering a bruised knee while shooting a three, which he made.
Without Harden the offense took a slight dive, but thanks to a constant heaping of defense the Grizzlies never put up much of a fight. Memphis had only mustered 7 made field goals half way through the third quarter.
Omri Casspi lead all Rockets, scoring 11 points. Patrick Beverley finished with 9 points, 5 boards, 3 steals, and no turnovers. Dwight Howard had only 6 points, but 10 boards, and 2 blocks in 14 minutes of play. Jeremy Lin finished with 8 points, and no turnovers. Chandler Parsons celebrated his birthday by giving back to others finishing with 5 dimes, 4 points, and 2 steals. Donatas Motiejunas finished with 10 points, and 8 boards. Isaiah Canaan‘s first bucket of his career made it 14 different Rockets to score tonight.
The Howard-Asik Twin Tower Experiment looks to be a success based on the how uncomfortable it made the San Antonio Spurs, and the Memphis Grizzlies. The regular season starts next Wednesday against the Charlotte Bobcats in Houston. Hopefully the Twin Tower dominance will continue.
— Space City Scoop (@SpaceCity_Scoop) October 26, 2013
Here is the Harden injury on a 4-point play, nonetheless: