|Luis Scola, PF 31 MIN | 8-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 18 PTS | +12
Another game by the Houston Rockets, another rock hard performance by their starting power forward.
|Chandler Parsons, F 29 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 8 PTS | +11
Chandler Parsons assisted on three of Houston’s first four baskets. He also did the near impossible by swatting a John Wall-in-transition shot into the stands. Solid game from the rookie, who continues to play unafraid, difference-making basketball.
|Samuel Dalembert, C 31 MIN | 9-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 20 PTS | +7
Monster game from Sammy. He was awesome on the defensive end, very active and fear inducing. On the other end, he nearly finished the game perfect from the field. The Rockets are a MUCH different team when he plays like this.
|Kevin Martin, SG 42 MIN | 7-16 FG | 10-10 FT | 4 REB | 8 AST | 25 PTS | +15
A throwback Kevin Martin performance. He was a quiet assassin, tip-toeing to the free-throw line 10 times and making all his attempts. Martin also finished with 8 assists—I watched the game and can’t remember a single one. It’s the type of invisible impact he has on basketball games.
|Kyle Lowry, PG 32 MIN | 4-14 FG | 6-6 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 16 PTS | +20
Lowry started slower than slow, but still managed to put up a solid, albeit subpar to the bar he’s set for himself, performance. His decision making on the fast break is one positive I’ll take away from this game, though. He always makes the easy pass with such lay-up abiding precision. His teammates must wake up loving the fact he’s on board.
|Goran Dragic, PG 22 MIN | 2-5 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 9 PTS | -19
Thank goodness for Dragic. While Lowry was playing inconsistent basketball, the Rockets’ backup point guard stepped in and was brilliant. He attacked the lane and created for his teammates better than we’ve seen in most of his appearances this season.
Four Things We Saw
- I’d like to start things off with John Wall, a player so fast he’s exhausting to watch while laying on a couch. The sophomore had a career high 38 point performance to go along with eight assists, six rebounds, and two turnovers. With the Rockets up 19 in the third quarter, Wall cut the lead down to five single-handedly. It was the first time this season I’ve seen him take over a basketball game.
- Maybe it was the quality opponent (yea, that’s probably it), but the Rockets defense looked outstanding today, swarming the ball and smothering every Wizards opportunity…apart from those unstoppable John Wall one man fast breaks.
- If you didn’t see Chandler Parsons’ put back dunk on JaVale McGee, please go watch it.
- After attempting just four free-throws in the first quarter, the Rockets ended the game going 25-26 from the line.