Houston Rockets: Player Grades in Win over Memphis Grizzlies

By Bill Simpson
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Dec 26, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets small forward Chandler Parsons (25) reacts after a play during the fourth quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets stole a win in San Antonio on Christmas, and clearly felt like taking the night off.

Too bad they had a game.

The Memphis Grizzlies, still without reigning Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol, killed Dwight Howard and company on the boards to start the game. They held Houston to 44 percent field-goal shooting and 14 percent three-point shooting, but the Rockets hung around, shooting 16-of-20 from free-throw line. Memphis continued to lead Houston 72-66 going into the fourth quarter.

Then Houston woke up.

Things turned around when Jeremy Lin and James Harden led a rally late in the second half, taking the lead on a 17-4 scoring run with six minutes left in the fourth. The Rockets maintained their lead until time expired, coming away with the comeback victory. Here are the individual grades for each Rocket.