Feb 20, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons (25) battles Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) and forward Trevor Ariza (1) for a rebound during the game at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Houston Rockets Recap:
We could blame Friday night’s loss to the Maverick on the All-Star break and rust; but that would be too kind in my opinion. The Rockets were just plain abysmal for most of the game.
After coming out of the gate with an 8-0 run, it was as if the Monstars stole everyone’s talent to go play the Toon Squad at a local park (Space Jam reference). The men in red committed 21 turnovers! Most were caused by sloppy play on offense, not strong opposing defense. It is common knowledge that a team is going to fall behind in the game if they continue to cough up the rock. This proved to be the case for the Rockets as they trailed the Mavericks by as many as 20 points.
The loss to the Mavericks cannot be solely blamed on turnovers however. Houston could not buy a bucket for most of the game. The team went 36/87 from the field and 12/37 from three point range. Although the Rockets started to get hot from behind the arc in the 4th quarter, it was just too little to late as the Mavericks were able to hold off Houston’s attempt at a comeback. James Harden finished the game with 26 PTS 7 REB 5 AST; but could not do it all on his own as the Rockets suffered their 2nd lopsided loss in a row.
The Rockets look to rebound tonight at home against the Toronto Raptors.
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