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Houston Rockets dismantled by Cavs – Player Grades

Jan 15, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) controls the ball during the first quarter as Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza (1) defends at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 15, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) controls the ball during the first quarter as Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza (1) defends at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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The Houston Rockets hosted for the first and – only – time this season LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers this Friday night.

Looking for their sixth consecutive win, J.B. Bickerstaff’s squad featured the return of Patrick Beverley who missed the previous game against the Timberwolves due to personal matters. As for the Cavs they completed their Texas roadtrip after grabbing a hard fought win against the Mavericks and dropping one to the Spurs on Thursday night.

A much anticipated match mostly thanks to the intensity, drama -and low blows– that surrounded last year’s game at Toyota Center, tonight’s game didn’t quite live up to the hype as it was a more defensive oriented game filled with mistakes and turnovers on the offensive end.

In the third quarter the Cavs turned up the heat and never looked back capitalizing on Rockets bad decisions and Harden’s ineffective ball movement and got the W.

Rockets Player Grades

C+. Tough night for <a href=. SF. Houston Rockets. TREVOR ARIZA

C+. There are a few games where we are able to see how raw <a href=. C. Houston Rockets. CLINT CAPELA

C. Houston Rockets. DWIGHT HOWARD. B+. Great game by <a href=

SG. Houston Rockets. JAMES HARDEN. F. To say that <a href=

Houston Rockets. PATRICK BEVERLEY. B+. The ferocious point guard started the game with a lot of intensity and disposition: making hustle plays, grabbing offensive rebounds, stealing, playing hard on defense. Tonight’s game seemed to fit <a href=. PG

Best Reserve

PF. Houston Rockets. MONTREZL HARRELL. C. The whole Houston Rockets bench tonight was a disgrace. <a href=

Best Opponent:

Well I suppose it’s tough to stop the King on any given night. But what is hard to swallow is that <a href=. SF. Cleveland Cavaliers. LEBRON JAMES. B+

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