Ariza said he learned more about the Dallas-Houston rivalry tonight. “I see what it means. The good guys won tonight."
Trevor Ariza: “When all else fails, all you can do is try to turn up the intensity defensively, and that’s what we did."
Ariza makes two free throws, Rockets up by three, 21.3 seconds left.
Harden closes to Monta Ellis, forcing bad pass, stolen by Ariza. He goes to line with 21.3 left.
Ariza, Parsons playing to a draw. Ariza 2 of 7, 1 of 5 on 3s; Parsons 2 of 8, 0 for 5 on 3s. We now return you to Beverley vs. Nelson.
Trevor Ariza and Mark Cuban chatting during warm ups for the second half.
Half: Rockets 60, Mavs 51. Trevor Ariza: 5 points, 2-6 FG, 2 rebounds, 1 assist. Chandler Parsons: 4 points, 2-6 FG, 2 rebounds, 1 assist.
Trevor Ariza cuts to take a Terry pass for a slam w/ 37.4 left in half. Rockets first points in the paint other than put-backs or on breaks.
That also brings in Isaiah Canaan to play the point. He's matched up on Jameer Nelson so that works with Harden on Parsons, Ariza on Ellis.
Ball was knocked out of bounds by… looks like Ariza. Is likely going to be Lakers ball.
LAL are double-teaming Harden hard out of the time out, which resulted in Ariza's driving dish to T. Black, who hit 1 of 2 FT's. 92-89.
A tough pull-up J from just inside the 3-point line goes down for Kobe, plus the PF on Ariza. LAL within 2, 1:43 to play. Kobe has 27.
Kobe was 2 of 15 in the 2nd half until hitting that 20-footer with Ariza's foul for the and-1. ... HOU 91, LAL 89 with 1:43 left.
Tough call on Lin in transition, Ariza not allowing him to land, but Beverley continues to give him problems. Blocked his shot on next trip.
Papanikolaou's huge half keeps Rockets in game, and in front 51-49 at half. But Harden has to score. Has 4p, 4a. Ariza with 10, but 3 of 9.
Kobe used to go at Ariza all the time in practice as teammates, and he just hit him w/a turnaround J to reach 11 points on 5 of 10 FG's.
Yeah, Trevor Ariza is everything I hoped Wes Johnson would be. Which version of Wes Johnson will be able to make threes and play defense?
Dwight Howard (18.8 PPG) and Trevor Ariza (14.6) are 2 of 3 former Lakers averaging at least 14 PPG for other teams (Pau Gasol, 18.6 PPG).
Trevor Ariza: "They just straight up beat our ass."
Rockets going super small to start the second half. Ariza at the 4, Canaan and Beverley in together. That’ll be interesting.
Isaiah Canaan starts the second half. Trevor Ariza moves to the four on Z-Bo. Memphis immediately posts him up.
Conley leads all scorers with 15, Q has 13, Zbo 8 & 5. Ariza leads Rockets with 12, Howard 9 & 8, Beverly 8, Harden 6
Rockes 14 turnovers by far the biggest issue but Harden and Ariza have played 15 and 13 minutes between them and have each made 1 shot.
Matchup of Trevor Ariza on Courtney Lee pits players Rockets once traded for one another.
Grizzlies announced starters are Allen, Randolph, Gasol, Conley, Lee. Rockets starters are Ariza, Montiejunas, Howard, Harden, Beverly
More chippiness. Ariza called for a T for a shove of Adams. Tie game with 1:59 left. Rules require that someone win it.
Steven Adams just got Trevor Ariza for a critical tech with 1:59 left.
Trevor Ariza is doing a fantastic job on Reggie Jackson, which thereby is completely detonating OKC's offense. Can't get anything initiated.
Rockets finally seem to have something going. A few defensive stops, made free throws by Harden, a 3 from Ariza…
Nerlens Noel almost got knocked out by Trevor Ariza's backside.
What were they thinking. The Sixers were walking back on defense, which led to an easy basket by Ariza.
Bad pass by Noel led to Ariza steal. He was fouled on his way to the basket by MCW. Makes both to knot the score at 37 with 4:15 left n half
FINAL: Rockets 113, TWolves 101. Harden 23p-10a, Howard 22p-10r-4blk, Ariza 19p. Pap, Terry a combined 7-7 3P. Rockets now 7-1.
Harden: 23 points, 10 assists, 4 boards, 3 steals Howard: 22 points, 10 rebounds, 4 blocks Ariza: 19 points, 5 boards, 2 steals Rockets: 7-1
Harden gets his 10th assist on a slick dish to Ariza on a break. Rockets lead by 21, 6:07 left. Thinking he might be done.