Houston Rockets Recap: Defeat Raptors 98-76

By John Gove

Feb 21, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Corey Brewer (33) controls the ball during the second quarter as Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) defends at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets Recap: Defeat Raptors 98-76

After Friday night’s disappointing loss to Dallas, the Rockets were able to get back on track with a blowout victory against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday.

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It would be a lie to say that the Rockets played a flawless 48 minutes of basketball. They turned the ball over 23 times, which is something that needs to be fixed if Houston plans on going deep into the playoffs. Luckily for them, the Rockets defense forced the Raptors to cough up the basketball just as many times, and Houston was able to capitalize scoring 24 points off fast breaks.

The big story for the Rockets was the contribution they got from the members of the bench. Corey Brewer recorded a team-high 26 points, and also added 10 rebounds and 5 steals making him my MVP of the game. The rest of the Rockets bench scored a combined 22 points resulting in a grand total of 48 bench points! If Kevin McHale could get that kind of production out of his men from the bench every night, he would be very happy man.

I do need to quickly applaud the play of Raptors forward James Johnson. He scored a season-high 27 points and looked unstoppable every time he touched the ball. Unfortunately for him, the rest of his team put forth an effort not worthy of discussing.

The Houston Rockets currently sit at 3rd place in a tough Western Conference. If they want to stay there or move up in the rankings, they need to limit the amount of turnovers they are committing. On most nights, turning the basketball over is not going to result in a win.

The Rockets will look to get a little winning streak going when the Minnesota Timberwolves come into town on Monday night.

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