While some shined at Barclays Center, terrible outside shooting plagued the Houston Rockets again in a 123-116 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.
It’s becoming a broken record, but the Houston Rockets displayed bad outside shooting and terrible defense once again on Friday. While they shot just 41.4 percent from the field overall, their shooting from deep was much worse. Houston was just 12-of-48 (25 percent) from outside against Brooklyn, with the majority of that coming from two players in particular.
It’s still very early in the season and Houston still has two recent MVPs on their roster, but the degree to which the defense is struggling is quickly reaching a catastrophic status. The Rockets were already allowing 127.5 points per game going into the matchup before allowing the 1-3 Nets to score 123 points on 59.4 percent 3-point shooting and 49.4 percent shooting overall.
Many of the stops the Rockets got in the game were due to Brooklyn’s own carelessness, as they committed 10 turnovers in the first quarter alone, with Kyrie Irving being responsible for half of those. The reckless offense by the Nets allowed Houston to take a 33-24 lead after the first quarter, however, things changed once they started taking care of the ball.
The Nets used a 12-0 run in the third quarter to put them ahead after being down by 15 at one point and never looked back. In the end, a monster night from Taurean Prince, along with big nights from Caris LeVert and Irving was too much for Mike D’Antoni’s squad to handle, as they fell 123-116 to the Nets.
Here’s a look at how everyone performed in the Rockets’ fifth game of the season.
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