Houston Rockets suffer second consecutive loss following Howard’s ejection in Oklahoma City
The schedule has not been friendly to the Houston Rockets as they fell for a second consecutive game to a Western powerhouse.
After getting a reality check from the San Antonio Spurs, J.B. Bickerstaff’s squad had to deal with NBA’s most devastating duo: Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder on the road.
Houston repeated the same lineup from last game in the 4-out 1-in style, OKC lined up their usual team.
The Thunder started the game with an impressive sloppy interior defense and allowed Houston to take advantage and get a lot of easy layups. As the game progressed, Billy Donovan made some adjustments in his defense and supported by the “hack-a-Howard” strategy managed to get back in the match.
Tension mounted in the third quarter culminating in Dwight Howard getting ejected then Westbrook and Beverley both committed hard fouls and things got messy for a while.
After Howard’s ejection, Bickerstaff decided Clint Capela was supposed to be in charge of the Rockets entire interior defense while Josh Smith and Terrence Jones quietly sat on the bench for the majority of the fourth quarter, thus allowing the most overpaid one-way player in the league to take over the game: Enes Kanter.
Together with Westbrook and Durant, Kanter ended up paving the way for what became a rather easy home win for the Thunder.
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