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Houston Rockets Recap: Player Grades from Rockets Fourth Consecutive Win

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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Houston Rockets Recap:

Two teams headed in different directions marked the match-up this night with Houston on a three game winning streak and the Nets on a 5 game losing streak.

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The hype surrounding the game had much to do with the classic battles between Dwight Howard and Brooklyn vet Kevin Garnett. In the end the excitement about the match-up lasted less than a quarter when an altercation between the two resulted in a head butt, an open slap, technical fouls and Garnett’s ejection.

James Harden registered his league leading sixteenth 30 point scoring night within three quarters. The game in fact was over by the end of the third resulting in Houston racking up their fourth straight win and Brooklyn registering their sixth consecutive loss. To that end here are the player grades:

THE STARTERS

A. <p><a href=. SG. Rockets. JAMES <STRONG>HARDEN</STRONG>

B.  <strong><br /></strong><p>Beverley’s contribution to the night had more to do with holding Jarrett Jack in check early allowing for the Rockets to build the necessary lead to take the wind out of Brooklyn’s sails. </p>. PG. Rockets. PATRICK <STRONG>BEVERLEY</STRONG>

Ariza was hot early hitting from the outside and had a nifty drive into the paint, but I was really impressed with his defense on Joe Johnson. Living in Toronto I’m only too familiar with how difficult it is to stop Joe Cool (ask any Raptor fan), so seeing how easily Ariza handled Johnson reminded me of what an upgrade he has been at the small forward over Parsons.  <strong><br /></strong>. SF. Rockets. TREVOR <STRONG>ARIZA</STRONG>. A

<div class=. PF. Rockets. DONATAS <STRONG>MOTIEJUNAS</STRONG>. B

The zebras don’t often give him the benefit of the doubt, but I’m impressed by his tenacity. He plays much better in the starting role and while Smith may be the one playing in fourth quarters in close games Kevin McHale seems to have found the right combination using Demo to start and Smith to finish.

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The zebras don’t often give him the benefit of the doubt, but I’m impressed by his tenacity. He plays much better in the starting role and while Smith may be the one playing in fourth quarters in close games Kevin McHale seems to have found the right combination using Demo to start and Smith to finish.

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