Houston Rockets Game 38 of 2015-16 Season versus Pacers

Jan 10, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza (1) attempts to save a ball from going out of bounds during the third quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Toyota Center. The Rockets won 107-103 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 10, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza (1) attempts to save a ball from going out of bounds during the third quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Toyota Center. The Rockets won 107-103 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /

Houston Rockets Game 38 of 2015-16  saw the squad tipping off versus the Indiana Pacers.

Continuing SCS series of all 82 games from last season next up is the Houston Rockets Game 39 of 2015-16 versus the Indiana Pacers..

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 38 – Indiana Pacers.

107. 169. 103. 211.

Pregame Analysis:

SCS opined the continuing win streak in the preview of the game

It’s been an odd week for the Houston Rockets given they’ve only played one team (the Utah Jazz) and had several days off in between. Then again the squad probably needed the practice time as well as the rest for players like Dwight Howard and Donatas Motiejunas who are both on the injured list.

Sunday offers the opportunity for the Rockets to reverse last weeks 4 straight losses by sweeping this week with 3 consecutive victories. The Pacers arrive with 2 wins and a loss under their belts this week and questions surrounding how well they can perform on the road.

Post Game Analysis:

Post game player grades and game analysis offered the following excerpt:

Let’s be clear, this Houston Rockets  overtime victory was the best win of the season and came in spite of James Harden who almost gave the game away repeatedly today. This continues the winning streak to 3 games in a row.

Trevor Ariza was the hero of the day hitting shots to force overtime and holding Paul George in check specifically in the final frame and overtime to ensure the Rockets victory.

Stat Leaders:

Hard to isolate a single Rockets player as top dog in this one as both Ariza and Howard were pivotal to the win. For the Pacers it was far easier to pinpoint just one player given the best player on both ends on this night was Paul George.

SF. Houston Rockets. TREVOR ARIZA. A+. While many have been on Ariza’s back for his lack of offense it seems unfair to expect him to guard the best opponent player while also providing double digit scoring. When the team isn’t playing as a unit defensively it puts so much more pressure on Ariza. Multiple times Ariza did his job on George only for a teammate to allow a Pacer a wide open three because his court mates didn’t close out. Still, Ariza long with Beverley, Howard and Terry were the primary reason the Rockets even got back in this game and ultimately it was his baskets that got them to overtime and also won them the game. 24 points, 5 rebounds, 3 turnovers, minus 1

A+. Returning to the line-up after sitting out the last game Howard was effective immediately with a simple pin down play coupled with a dunk to open the scoring.  Not to steal former Rockets player Clyde Drexler’s thunder, but he has a valid point in that Houston should just keep running that play over and over until the opposition can stop it.  As per above despite not getting a friendly whistle Howard didn’t allow it to effect his performance and on the few occasions the Rockets made defensive efforts of offensive runs it was Howard who was on the floor more often than not. Once again he posted a double-double and brought his A game to the court. 21 points, 17 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals,  3 turnovers, plus 16. C. Houston Rockets. DWIGHT HOWARD

A. George continues to do it all and while he wasn’t shooting well early he upped the ante in the second half when the Pacers turned their defensive effort up a notch and it resulted in George having an amazingly productive day. His 7 steals were a game and career high.  20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 7 steals, 4 turnovers, minus 1. SF. Indiana Pacers. PAUL GEORGE

NBA.com provides full box score which can be viewed via this link.

Rockets Games vs Pacers in 2016-17

  • January 29th in Indiana at the Fieldhouse
  • February 27th at home

Draft Picks and Free Agents

Indiana was one of the more active teams this summer starting with a changing of the guard behind the bench. Veteran coach Nate McMillan will take over from Frank Vogel, an odd decision given Larry Bird wants to run a more up tempo offense. To that end, Bird did add relevant free agents, but the team lost defensive specialists. Suffice to say the question is will the Pacers offensive gains be over shadowed by their defensive regressions.

Draft Picks:

Round 1: N/A

Round 2: Georges Niang (50) Nets trade Thaddeus Young to Indy for rights to Caris LeVert, the 20th pick, and future second-round draft pick.

Incoming Free Agents/trade:

Exiting Free Agents/traded: 

More Free Agent News

Next: Updated Free Agency Report

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