The Houston Rockets’ first lead was at 9-7 at the 8 minute mark in the first quarter, and ended when Eric Gordon made one of the many layups he got throughout the game on the way to a season-high 35 points.  They would not regain the lead until there was 57 seconds left in the 4th quarter, when James Harden made two free throws to put the Rockets up 100-99.  A New Orleans without Ryan Anderson, Tyreke Evans, and Jrue Holliday led for nearly the entire 48 minutes and by as much as 17 points in the second quarter, the Rockets missed 16 free throws, and Houston’s bench became even more depleted than usual with injuries to Aaron Brooks and Greg Smith (again).  But a general offense in the latter part of the second quarter, Terrence Jones in the third quarter, and James Harden to close out the stretch grasped victory from the jaws of defeat.

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The win against Boston was the first ‘good win’ the Rockets have had in quite a while. They kept the ball moving (most assists the team has registered since Christmas Day against the Spurs) and were able to generate the shots they wanted (Dwight Howard’s shot chart was a thing of beauty). The key now is sustaining that momentum and finishing off the road trip strongly against a depleted but nevertheless dangerous Pelicans team. And if they could somehow manage to do that and rest the starters for their first game back home that would be great, since they are going to be up against the Thunder tomorrow night.

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The Rockets Daily – January 15, 2013

Half Way There – Ultimate Rockets broke down the good and the bad of the Rockets now and moving forward as the Rockets approach the midpoint of the season.  First, some of the good.

3. Big ‘Three’: The Rockets might not have a Big Three that has marked many recent champions, but forward Chandler Parsons, playing the “three,” has emerged in his third season as the ideal third man in, ranking third among the Rockets in scoring, rebounding and assists, while bringing the ball movement and cutting to complement Howard and James Harden. [read more…]






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