The Houston Rockets put forth their worst effort of the season, a dismal 79 point outing. They shot a miserable 32% from the field, including a mere 29% from behind the arc. The Rockets committed 29 team fouls and turned the ball over 20 times against the Timberwolves, a performance that would lose to any team in the league. Despite that, the Rockets still stayed within striking distance through the majority of the game, which Houston has to hope is rock bottom for their season.

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Let’s get this quick and clear for those who did not watch this game: For all purposes and intents, tonight was a blowout.  The Rockets made a late charge at the last minute to make the score much closer than it was for most of the game, but this was one of Houston’s worse performances during this now six-game losing streak.

The Indiana Pacers, the 29th-ranked office in the league, had 83 points by the end of the 3rd quarter.  They tied their season high number of points in the 1st quarter with 31, could not miss a 3 pointer, and outrebounded the Rockets on both ends, blocked shots, and stole the ball pretty much when they felt like it.  The results largely spoke for themselves.

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So this was interesting.  In a recent ESPN interview with Chris Palmer, Kobe Bryant says he’s indeed squared off against Tracy McGrady in a game of one-on-one:

I played T-Mac. I cooked him. Roasted him. Wasn’t even close. Ask him, he’ll tell you. When I was about 20, we were in Germany doing some promotional stuff for that other sneaker company and we played basketball every day. We were in the gym all the time. We played three games of one-on-one to 11. I won all three games. One game I won 11-2. After the third game he said he had back spasms and couldn’t play anymore.

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The Daily Blast – January 18, 2013

Hey Now, You’re Official – The starting line-ups for the All-Star game are in. Jeremy Lin is the third-most popular guard in the West.  Everybody thinks James Harden should get in the game.

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