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Houston Rockets Game 30 of 2015-16 Season – vs Orlando Magic

By Tamberlyn Richardson
Dec 23, 2015; Orlando, FL, USA; Houston Rockets Interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff reacts and walks on the court at the end of the game against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. Orlando Magic defeated the Houston Rockets 104-101. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 23, 2015; Orlando, FL, USA; Houston Rockets Interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff reacts and walks on the court at the end of the game against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. Orlando Magic defeated the Houston Rockets 104-101. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Houston Rockets Game 30 of 2015-16 featured the Magic in another tough contest between the teams culminating in a loss.

Continuing SCS series of all 82 games from last season next up is the Houston Rockets Game 30 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.

Hopes are these additions and the growth of existing assets will translate into a season similar to 2014-15. While fans wait for opening night on October 26th 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 30 – Orlando Magic

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Pregame Analysis:

Houston and Orlando faced overtime in their first outing and given the tough schedule cued up the pregame focused on the need to not take the Magic for granted.  Harden and company were also looking to extend their win streak to 4 games in a row.

Post Game Analysis:

Taking the Magic for granted wasn’t a wise decision as Orlando took a 20 to 10 lead early prior to the Rockets going on their own 19-3 run. Inevitably the Magic pulled off the win over Howard’s prior team as noted in Coty Davis post game.

Stat Leaders:

In a rare occasion Ty Lawson took top Rockets grade honors while Nikola Vucevic came out on top for the Magic.

While everyone else in Red Nation had given up on Lawson, I maybe 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, and with the pick-and-roll offense the Rockets were unstoppable. Overall, great game for Lawson and hopefully this game is a start of a second chance in Clutch City. 11 points, 3 assists.. PG. Houston Rockets. TY LAWSON. B+

NIKOLA VUCEVIC. A. With all due respect to Tobias Harris, Vucevic was the Magic’s best opponent against the Rockets. Although he does not get a lot of respect, Nikola has become one of the top big men in the league today. Especially relevant was how Vucevic dominated the paint against Howard was kind of embarrassing for Houston. Overall great game for the young center from Switzerland. 21 points, 6 rebounds.. C. Orlando Magic

NBA.com box score

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.

Draft Picks:

Round 1: Domantas Sabonis (11) (traded to OKC)

Round 2:  Stephen Zimmerman (41)

Incoming Free Agents/trade:

Serge Ibaka

(traded on draft night)

More from Space City Scoop

  • Jeff Green1-year $15M exits LA Clippers
  • D.J. Augustin 4-years, $29M exits Nuggets
  • Bismack Biyombo 4-years, $72M exits Raptors
  • Jodie Meeks (acquired in trade from Pistons)
  • C.J. Wilcox and cash in trade fro Marble
  • Exiting Free Agents/traded: 

    Reupping:

    Evan Fournier 5-years, $85M

    More Free Agent News

    Next: Updated Free Agency Report

    Next: Free Agency Profiles for all 30 Teams

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