Corey Brewer Helps Houston Rockets Defeat Suns – Player Grades

Feb 4, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Houston Rockets guard Corey Brewer (33) drives the ball against the Phoenix Suns defense at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 4, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Houston Rockets guard Corey Brewer (33) drives the ball against the Phoenix Suns defense at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports /

It’s never over, until it’s over!

Despite their early struggles in the first 12 minutes, The Houston Rockets are now on a two game winning streak after they defeated the Phoenix Suns, Thursday, in the Valley.

In a game against the second worst team in the Western Conference, the Rockets took their opponents for granted during the first quarter. Their sluggish start forced J.B. Bickerstaff to pull all five of his starters out midway through the first, as Houston fell behind by 15 points. On a night were James Harden and Dwight Howard struggled offensively, Corey Brewer and Trevor Ariza took over as the Rockets all-star duo.

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Rockets Player Grades

After getting ejected the last two games, Dwight Howard had a solid night against the Suns. I was hoping to see Howard demolish another great defensive center in Tyson Chandler with his offensive game, unfortunately, his teammates did not give him many touches. However, his defense in the second half played a big factor in the Rockets win. As well as another huge night cleaning the glass. 5 points, 16 rebounds, 1 block. . C. Houston Rockets. DWIGHT HOWARD. C+

SF. Houston Rockets. TREVOR ARIZA. A+. Trevor Ariza had one of his best games of the year. Once Brewer helped the team pick up their intensity, Ariza did a great job stepping up in the midst of James Harden’s struggles. While his shots were falling on one end of the court, his defense was great on the other. He held Suns forward Markieff Morris to 14 points on 33 percent shooting. Overall, great night for Ariza. 

 FINALLY! This is the Corey Brewer Rockets fans fell in love with! Brewer did a great job picking up the slack for Houston, while everyone else on the team played with no energy. Although he only scored seven points in the first half, the intensity Brewer played with was a spark plug for the Rockets. The second half was even better. Brewer scored 17 points and made some clutch baskets down the stretch to help seal the deal for Houston. Hopefully this game will give Brewer some confidence that will carry on in the second half of the season. 24 points, 4 steals.. SG. Houston Rockets. COREY BREWER. A+

C-. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but this was one of the worst games I’ve seen Harden play this season. Do not be deceived by his stats this game. He had one of his worst shooting nights of the season. During the first half, the bearded one scored only six points, while shooting a miserable 16 percent from the field. The little defense Harden does possess was a no show. He allowed rookie Devin Booker to light him up for 14 points in the first 24 minutes. Perhaps, this was one of the worst nights of the season for James Harden. 19 points, (21 percent from the field), 6 assists 9 rebounds.. SG. Houston Rockets. JAMES HARDEN

Houston Rockets. PATRICK BEVERLEY. D-. Beverley’s night was so quiet, the only time I heard his name was during the introduction of the starting lineup. 6 points.. PG

Best Reserve

Once again, while everyone else in Red Nation had given up on Lawson, I may be the only fan who has not. This was the Ty Lawson I’ve been dying to see! I love how effective he played this game. Perhaps this will bring second life to Ty Lawson’s career in Houston. 12 points, 4 assists.. PG. Houston Rockets. TY LAWSON. B

Best Opponent:

SG. Phoenix Suns. ALEX LEN. A. Although this is without question the Suns worst season in a decade there is room for optimism given the youthful core. One such stand out is big man Alex Len who has the potential to become a stand out. If he continues to improve he could find his name among the league’s best big men. 12 points, 18 rebounds.

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