Rockets News

Houston Rockets 88 Phoenix Suns 97-Recap

facebooktwitterreddit

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

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

33

6-12

2-6

0-0

0

6

6

3

2

1

0

4

+21

14

P.J. Tucker

40

8-13

2-2

0-2

4

2

6

4

4

0

1

4

+18

18

Miles Plumlee

21

2-7

0-0

0-0

4

5

9

0

0

2

2

3

+1

4

Eric Bledsoe

40

7-14

3-4

3-4

0

3

3

7

2

1

4

1

+11

20

Goran Dragic

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

21

2-8

0-0

4-4

0

4

4

1

0

0

3

2

+3

8

Marcus Morris

22

3-5

2-3

0-0

0

6

6

1

1

0

0

2

+2

8

Slava Kravtsov

0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

+2

0

Archie Goodwin

4

1-1

0-0

0-1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

-1

2

Gerald Green

18

1-8

0-4

2-2

0

4

4

0

0

1

3

3

-7

4

Alex Len

DNP SORE LEFT ANKLE

Ish Smith

DNP COACH’S DECISION

Dionte Christmas

DNP COACH’S DECISION

TOTALS

FG

3PFG

FTM-A

OREB

DREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

PTS

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

36

4-11

0-0

7-9

8

10

18

0

1

0

5

2

-18

15

Terrence Jones

24

4-9

0-1

0-0

3

4

7

1

0

1

2

2

-13

8

Patrick Beverley

42

4-10

2-5

2-2

3

5

8

2

2

0

1

3

+4

12

Francisco Garcia

28

3-9

2-7

0-0

1

4

5

1

0

0

1

3

-10

8

James Harden

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

6

0-1

0-0

0-0

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

+4

0

Omri Casspi

31

6-13

2-3

0-0

3

4

7

1

1

0

5

3

+9

14

Aaron Brooks

33

7-18

3-5

0-0

2

2

4

6

3

0

2

3

-1

17

Greg Smith

DNP SPRAINED RIGHT KNEE

Chandler Parsons

DNP SORE BACK

Ronnie Brewer

DNP COACH’S DECISION

Omer Asik

DNP RIGHT THIGH CONTUSION

Jeremy Lin

DNP SPRAINED RIGHT KNEE

TOTALS

FG

3PFG

FTM-A

OREB

DREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

PTS

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).

facebooktwitterreddit