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Houston Rockets Win Shooting Contest Against Mavs – Player Grades

Jan 24, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) grabs a rebound against Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) in the first quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) grabs a rebound against Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) in the first quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
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The Houston Rockets hosted a big rivalry this Sunday afternoon at the Toyota Center as the home team hosted the Dallas Mavericks. The teams are jockeying for better placement and are currently in a battle for the 6th seed in the Western Conference.

Both teams had to deal with injuries, and while the Rockets got Patrick Beverley back they were once again without Dwight Howard (ankle), and the Mavs promoted rookie Salah Mejri to replace Zaza Pachulia out with a leg injury.

A high-paced game with either team unconcerned with defensive affairs became a shooting contest in the first half and the Rockets probably should already have learned that is not a good idea.

Surprisingly enough it did work today and Houston Rockets firepower was too much for Nowitzki and his crew. And with Josh Smith anchoring the defense in the last quarter H-town managed to grab a much needed home win.

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Rockets Player Grades

A+. <a href=. SF. Houston Rockets. TREVOR ARIZA

I have no idea what <a href=. SG. Houston Rockets. COREY BREWER. B+

C. I don’t care how young he is, <a href=. C. Houston Rockets. CLINT CAPELA

A+. <a href=. SG. Houston Rockets. JAMES HARDEN

B. It’s always great to have Patrick Beverley back, especially when his play doesn’t seem to have any ill effects from his recent injuries. His three-point shots weren’t in sync today, nevertheless Beverley managed to limit <a href=. PG. Houston Rockets. PATRICK BEVERLEY

Best Reserve

A. Amazing does happen. I don’t know what it is that Houston brings the best out of <a href=. PF. Houston Rockets. JOSH SMITH

Best Opponent:

CHANDLER PARSONS. A. I know, tough, right? I could easily pull the betrayal argument here and go for Salah Mejri for best opponent who also had an amazing game, however time and again the Rockets had no answer for <a href=. SF. Dallas Mavericks

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