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.
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 Houston Rockets are in the throes of a massive slump, losing a season worst five games in a row. As recently as January 8th, the Rockets and the Pacers shared a 21-14 record, both looking like playoff locks after starting slow. Since then, the Rockets fell into a tailspin and now desperately need to win games and keep their playoff hopes alive. The second highest-scoring team in the NBA faces off against the stingiest team in the league to see if Houston can steal one on the road.