As the Houston Rockets took the court on Friday night, let’s grade the individual performances.
The Houston Rockets were back in action on Friday night, although the setting was much different than anything we’ve ever seen, as there weren’t any fans. As part of the NBA’s restart, the Rockets are amidst a second training camp, which includes three scrimmages.
The first one took place against the defending champion Toronto Raptors, who went 46-18 before league play was suspended. The officiating wasn’t exactly the best, as the Raps consistently got away with offensive fouls while the Rockets weren’t shown the same love.
The Rockets finished the game with 23 fouls compared to Toronto’s 15 fouls while the Raps had 19 free throw attempts and the Rockets had 12 (10 of which James Harden was responsible for).
The Rockets got out to a sizable 26-14 lead early in the game, but the Raps tied it up 49-49 by halftime. The Rockets found themselves down 66-61 late in the third quarter but went on an 8-0 run to seize the lead 69-66, as the game had endless swings.
The Rockets held a 73-72 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but the Rockets’ second unit played mostly during the final period while James Harden and Russell Westbrook sat.
The Rockets lost 94-83, as they made just 37.7 percent of their shots and went 14-of-48 from long-range for 29.2 percent. In addition, the Rockets were dominated by Toronto’s bench, as their second unit scored 41 points compared to the Rockets’ 23.
Here’s a breakdown of how every Rocket performed on Friday:
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