ESPN: Martin, Lowry Rocket-ing toward playoffs

via Martin, Lowry Rocket-ing toward playoffs – TrueHoop Blog – ESPN:

Kevin Martin scored 34 points to lead the Houston Rockets to a 110-108 win over the Utah Jazz, moving them within two-and-a-half games of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Martin was 18-for-18 from the free-throw line, the most free throws without a miss by a Rockets player in the past 25 seasons.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it’s the eighth time in Martin’s career that he shot 15-for-15 or better from the foul line, tying Dolph Schayes for the second-most such games in NBA history. Oscar Robertson did it 11 times.

Martin’s teammate Kyle Lowry chipped in 28 points, a career-high 11 rebounds, and 10 assists for his first career triple-double. It’s the fifth-highest point total in a triple-double in the NBA this season.

Lowry has scored in double figures in 12 straight games, which is double his previous career-long streak. Lowry had just one turnover; he entered the day ninth in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (minimum 125 assists).

The Rockets have won 11 of their past 14 games, moving from 12th to ninth in the Western Conference standings, and have cut their deficit in half in that span.

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