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Hornets Beat Fatigued Houston Rockets – Player Grades

Mar 12, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) knocks the ball away from Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin (7) in the first half at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 12, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) knocks the ball away from Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin (7) in the first half at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
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The Houston Rockets faced Charlotte to finish their east road trip, but ended up suffering defeat to an inspired Hornets team who extend their win streak to 7.

After winning three tough away games and breaking a couple home-win streaks, the Rockets went to North Carolina to face one of the hottest teams in the league right now: the Charlotte Hornets.

With the help of Marvin Williams’ sharp shooting the Hornets managed to open up a nice lead that had the Rockets in the backseat for the entire game.

Smartly enough J.B. Bickerstaff soon detected Charlotte’s weakness inside the paint and looked to take advantage of it exploring the strength of Dwight Howard and Montrezl Harrell under the rim.

In the fourth quarter it was pretty obvious the Rockets ran out of gas and Charlotte went in for the kill knocking down an impressive number of consecutive three point shots.

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Rockets Player Grades

B-. Trevor Ariza was in charge of guarding Frenchman Nicolas Batum. And even though he did a great job, limiting Batum to assists, I felt he should’ve been reassigned to Marvin Williams as the veteran power forward benefited from James Harden weak defense. 9 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals. . SF. Houston Rockets. TREVOR ARIZA

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B+. This was <a href=. C. Houston Rockets. DWIGHT HOWARD

D. No made field-goals in the first half. James Harden had a rough night, but I suppose every star has bad nights at the office. Cleverly understanding his cold streak Harden tried to act as a facilitator and swing the ball around earning himself a couple assists in the process. Whether Harden was tired or only had a bad night, he was definitely the missing factor that took Houston out of the game. 12 points (on an unbelievable 2-for-14 shooting), 10 assists, 2 steals. SG. Houston Rockets. JAMES HARDEN

F. I’ll give Patrick Beverley the benefit of the doubt and say he had a terrible game due to fatigue. Beverley had a marvelous night against the Celtics but couldn’t follow up on his performance tonight. Patrick got into foul trouble in the third quarter and the Rockets had to rely on veteran Jason Terry for the rest of the game as well. 0 points, 2 rebounds, 5 fouls. . PG. Houston Rockets. PATRICK BEVERLEY

Best Reserve

B+. I’m still off the “<a href=. SG. Houston Rockets. COREY BREWER

Best Opponent:

A. It’s true that Houston Rockets do struggle to guard stretch fours. Still there’s absolutely no reason for H-town to let Marvin Williams, a dutiful player and a competent shooter score 20 points in the first half alone. Rockets lost the game mostly due to the team underestimating Williams’ abilities. 25 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals  . PF. Charlotte Hornets. MARVIN WILLIAMS

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