Houston Rockets Game 5 of 2015-16 featured the Orlando Magic in what began the teams first win streak of the season.
Continuing SCS series of all 82 games from last season next up is the Houston Rockets Game 5 of 2015-16 versus the Orlando Magic.
The Houston Rockets added draft picks and signed free agents to improve upon an especially mediocre 41-41 campaign. Big man Dwight Howard left for Atlanta while free agents Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon, Nene Hilario and Pablo Prigioni joined Houston in free agency.
Therefore Houston hopes their free agent additions and the growth of existing assets will translate into a season similar to 2014-15. While fans wait for October 26th opening night versus the Lakers hopefully this series will appease your cravings.
To that end, this series showcases the Rockets 82 games noting the pregame analysis, post game grades, and relevant video. Furthermore, SCS will highlight significant changes made by their opponents this summer. So, here it is – – enjoy all 82 posts as SCS takes you back over the 2015-16 season.
Game 5 – Orlando Magic
After notching Houston’s first win of the season the Rockets built on the momentum in a nail biting overtime win over the Magic.
Following the Rockets first win of the season the team was anxious to extend the momentum into a streak. Examining the young talent of the Magic pregame made one wonder how much coach Scott Skiles had improved Orlando’s defense.
The full write up can be viewed via this link.
Post Game Analysis:
Houston fans were treated to a James Harden bobble head as they entered the Toyota Center. The Rockets had stumbled to start the season, but with their first victory were intent on starting a winning streak. Standing in the Rockets way was the young upstart Magic crew who began the season with an air of invincibility. Following a tightly contested first quarter the Rockets entered half time leading by 9 points. But, the Magic stormed out of the lockers to tie the game forcing overtime.
The final frame belonged to the Rockets and James Harden. Despite a hard fall and off shooting night Harden put the Rockets on his back scoring 7 of Houston’s 9 points for the win.
NBA.com box score can be reviewed via this link.
Ty Lawson gave hope the H-Town faithful with a second consecutive solid effort scoring 16 points while dishing 8 assists. Harden was the high scorer with 28 points in addition to 7 rebounds. Both guards coughed up the ball however with 5 and 7 turnovers respectively.
Evan Fournier continued to show his prowess with a game leading 29 points in addition to 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
Clutch City fans got a preview of All-Star weekend when youngster Aaron Gordon scored 19 points, and grabbed 8 rebounds.
Rockets Games vs Magic in 2016-17
- January 6th in Florida at Amway Center
- February 7th at home
Draft Picks and Free Agents
Following another trip to the lottery Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan made his intentions clear to start the offseason. As a result Frank Vogel was hired as the new head coach. Every move Hennigan made thereafter spoke to the Magic’s intent to establish a defensive mind shift. Draft night followed with a surprising trade that brought Serge Ibaka to Orlando. Not surprisingly Hennigan added more defensive minded individuals like Bismack Biyombo in free agency.
Round 1: Domantas Sabonis (11) (traded to OKC)
Round 2: Stephen Zimmerman (41)
Incoming Free Agents/trade:
(traded on draft night)
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Exiting Free Agents/traded:
- Victor Oladipo (trade)
- Ersan Ilyasova (trade)
- Domantas Sabonis (trade)
- Andrew Nicholson 4-year, $26M from Wizards
- Brandon Jennings 1 year at $5M
- Jason Smith 3-year, $16M deal exits to Washington
- Dewayne Dedmon on 2-year $6M deal, to Spurs
- Devyn Marble and a 2020 second round (trade) C.J. Wilcox and cash
Evan Fournier 5-years, $85M
Next up Game 6 of 2015-16 season versus Sacramento Kings