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Houston Rockets Lose To Spurs and 4th In-a-Row: Player Grades

Jan 2, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket against San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Danny Green (14) during the second half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 2, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket against San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Danny Green (14) during the second half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
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Another night featuring a Southwest rivalry in the Lone Star State with the Houston Rockets losing their fourth consecutive game. This battle occurred in the Alamo City, as the  San Antonio Spurs demonstrated very clearly why they are unbeaten at home this season at the AT&T Center.

This was their second meeting within the past two weeks after Houston’s 88-84 home victory over the Spurs on Christmas Day. The Rockets played well in the first half and it felt more like a game 7 playoff game than a regular season match. Houston played good defense, and clicked on all cylinders on the offensive end. Then just like the past 3 games the Rockets found a way to collapse in one quarter costing them the game.

On this night it was a 36-17 third quarter shellacking which quickly turned the game into a nightmare for the Rockets.

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Rockets Player Grades

When you feed your big man the ball, great things tend to happen for your team! Playing against the Spurs has always brought the best out of Dwight Howard, and tonight was no different. Howard was effective on both ends of the floor. On defense he did a great job keeping Duncan scoreless,<span style=. C. Houston Rockets. DWIGHT HOWARD. A

B. Capela had no chance defending LaMarcus Aldridge (scored 24 points) tonight and I fail to understand why Bickerstaff did not assign Howard to guard Aldridge. Although Aldridge man-handled Caplea on the low block he never backed down which he deserves kudos for. He made some good plays on defensive and had one of his best nights offensively. 8 points, 4 blocks, 7 rebounds.. C. Houston Rockets. CLINT CAPELA

TREVOR ARIZA. D. <span style=. SF. Houston Rockets

C-. It was a tale of two halves for James Harden. In the first 24 minutes it seemed like his new year kiss with Khloe Kardashian gave him some luck heading into San Antonio. Playing more of a mid range game, Harden scored 16 points on 85 percent shooting. It did not matter who defended him, Harden was on fire.  However, the second half featured the Spurs picking up their defense specifically on Harden which resulting in him scoring a single point.  As the “Leader” of the team, I felt Harden gave up on the rockets in the fourth quarter. When the Rockets needed him the most, Harden was a no show. He sat on the bench late in the third and never checked back in the game.  Yeah, Rockets were down big as they headed into the final 12 minutes, but if Howard can play through adversity so can Harden! 17 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds.. SG. Houston Rockets. JAMES HARDEN

Houston Rockets. PATRICK BEVERLEY. C. Perhaps Beverley did not get the memo to play until the third quarter. In the first half, Beverley was irrelevant in San Antonio, I forgot he was playing. Second half was much better, but at that time the Rockets were already down by 15 points. 10 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds.<span style=. PG

Best Reserve

C. I hate knowing that Brewer played one of his best games in a blowout loss. This was the player Rockets fans fell in love with last season. He had a good offensive game, and did a good job slowing Green down on defense. Hopefully Brewer can carry this intensity to the next game. 11 points. SG. Houston Rockets. COREY BREWER

Best Opponent:

LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE. A. This was a tough pick with virtually every Spur meriting the award and though I felt it was a toss up between Aldridge and Leonard I ultimately went with the newest Spur.  I chose Aldridge for his higher efficiency rating of 22 and for routinely taking Capela to school. This is the kind of game fans has come to expect from the four time NBA All-Star. Great game for the Texas native. 24 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals.. PF. San Antonio Spurs

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