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Doesn't really matter since I'm sure he'll be done in 90 seconds anyway, but this has long since been a lost cause.
Rockets playing 2nd half of back-to-back their 3rd road b-to-b in 1st 11 games. Harden up to 31 mins. Lead at 29. Why is Harden in the game?
In the last three games, the Rockets are a combined 19-91 (20.9%) from three-point range.
Harden's frustration starting to boil over. Just hacked away at Courtney Lee until foul called. Time to call it a night.
With Z-Bo on Canaan, Calvin Murphy keeps screaming "Take him to the basket." Canaan finally did. Three-point play. Good job, Murph.
That's preseason question that remains. What happens when Rockets face Z-Bo, Aldridge, Griffin, Davis, Nowitzki or Duncan in playoff series?
Great catch by broadcast: Zach Randolph both dribbles & steps out of bounds, right in front of the official. No call. http://t.co/atra0a2Y9h
Rockets best option to defend Randolph used to be Delfino. Now, it looks like its James Harden.
Isaiah Canaan starts the second half. Trevor Ariza moves to the four on Z-Bo. Memphis immediately posts him up.
Memphis is 24th in pace. In 1st half, they were 9 of 14 on the break, scoring 22 fast-break points, most kick-started by Rockets turnovers.
HALF: Grizzlies 65, Rockets 42. 15 Rocket turnovers in the first half leading to 22 points for Memphis. Harden just 1-3 FG.
Grizzlies lead 65-40. In other words, they have scored as much in a half as OKC scored in entire game last night.
The Rockets held the Thunder to 65 points last night. Memphis has already scored that in the first half tonight.
In fairness to Harden, Griz swarming to him when he puts ball on the floor. More ball movement should get it back with a chance to attack.
Checking in at the next dead ball. Isaiaaaaaaaah Canaaaaaaaan. Can't say when James Harden's offense will join the fray.
Back to the record book to check on a stat Rockets did not stain last night. Franchise record for most TOs is 34. Have 15 in 18 1/2 mins.
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.
Rockets had 17 turnovers last night in one of the ugliest games ever. They already have 13 tonight in the first 15 minutes of this game.
Kosta Koufos was draped over Dwight Howard like a hoodie. Dwight raised his arms and was called for a technical. Crazy call.
With 4:20 left in the quarter, Rockets led 15-13. It's 34-18 Grizz heading to the 2Q. Defense isn't a luxury with this team. Got to play it.
Grizzlies end quarter on a 21-3 run, almost all fueled by Rockets tos. Had 10 in the quarter. Harden's only shot on an uncontested break.
Grizzlies have made 10 of their last 14 shots, building a double-digit lead at 31-18. Rockets offense continues to look out of sync.
Rockets have 18 points. Grizzlies have 18 points off turnovers or second shots. Griz on 14-3 run in two minutes.
Boos for Tarik Black in his homecoming. He transfered from Memphis to Kansas for his senior year.
This should be interesting. Papanikolaou checks in, matched up against Z-Bo.
Matchup of Trevor Ariza on Courtney Lee pits players Rockets once traded for one another.
Tony Allen picked up two fouls in 3 minutes. Matter of time before he got that T. Did stop a Rockets break, however, as McHale keeps saying.
That said, huge test for D-Mo who has been much better defensively this year. Game vs Z-Bo knocked him out of starting lineup as a rookie.
Expect Tarik Black to play some backup 4 in his homecoming. Important that he avoids foul trouble or Pap would have to give up ton of size.
Important to see Dwight play well tonight. He historically struggles vs Memphis. 9.5 ppg on 44% FG in 4 games against Grizzlies last year.
Told Calvin Murphy that sitting behind him at a game is like old times -- except now I have a stronger throwing arm and better aim.
For those that have been asking, Root Sports Southwest debuts tonight. Channels are 39/639 on Comcast, 674 on DirecTV, 758/1758 on U-verse.
McHale said he's been given no timetable on when Terrence Jones might return. Jones has missed six games with a bruised nerve in his r. leg.
Was thinking about stopping by Bricktown on my way back to the hotel, but after Rockets 69, Thunder 65 that would be redundant.
Golden State up 115-79 vs. Lakers after 3. Warriors could score more points tonight than Rockets, Thunder combined.
Kind of obvious but after tonight, Rockets still lead NBA in defensive rating, opposing fg % and 3-point %. Net rating, however, goes to GS.
If this game was not bad enough for OKC fans to watch, Pat Beverley might have been best player on the floor.
Reggie Jackson launches from 28 feet. Beverley rebound. Looks like Rockets will win with 28.7 % shooting, 20 % on 3s.
Reggie Jackson misses a long three and who else gets the rebound but Patrick Beverley - 12 points, 8 boards, 2 steals for Pat in his return.
With Harden's 3, Rockets surpassed the 66 that still stands as their fewest ever in a game. The game was not stopped to mark the occasion.
Refs got this one right after review, giving the ball to the Rockets.
Harden with a HUGE three straight away, putting the Rockets up three.
More chippiness. Ariza called for a T for a shove of Adams. Tie game with 1:59 left. Rules require that someone win it.
22-77 from the field, 6-32 from 3-pt range, 13-26 on free throws. It's a miracle the Rockets are actually leading. 65-62 HOU, 2:18 left.
Rockets have two points in the paint in the 2nd half. Part of that is because the Thunder keeps sending Howard to line where he's 4 of 13.
With Harden drive, Rockets 5 of 27 in second half, but surge to a 57-56 lead.
These players hate each other. The refs are doing a terrible job. No one can hit a shot. You knew this was going to happen.
After all that, technical foul on Sebastian Telfair. That's it.
Telfair and Beverley jawing, which brings Scott Brooks in and many angry faces all around.
Flagrant-one called on Collison. Clearly the right call ... no way Collison was going for the ball there.
Foul upgraded to flagrant-1 on Collison.
Another video review. This time on a Nick Collison foul to send Howard back to line.
Thunder going with two point guards, which puts Daniels on Ish Smith.
In search of a shot that will go in, Troy Daniels will get some playing time with Pat Beverley in the backcourt.
Season-low 9 points in the third for Rockets, who were 3-18 from the field and 1-10 from long range with 7 turnovers in the period.
Rockets third quarter: 3 of 18 shooting; 1 of 10 on 3s, 9 points. Rockets, Thunder tied at 51 heading to fourth.
Quick word from the great beyond. James Naismith sends his apologies for this game.
Rockets 3 of 17, 0 of 2 from line, with 8 turnovers in third quarter.
OKC takes its first lead, 51-49. Shooting 32.6, 18.2 and 82.5 %, OKC shooting better than Rockets in every way.
In four games against the Thunder since joining the Rockets, Dwight Howard is now 5-22 from the free throw line.
I don't think I'd ever seen a double-technical with one guy on the bench, but have now. Perkins, Beverley get hit.
This game feels like a fight is going to break out soon. Real ugly. The two teams are a combined 6-34 from three-point range.
Rockets shooting: 31 % overall, 17.4 % on 3s, 53.8 % at the line. Harden is 2 of 11, 1 of 6 on 3s with just two free throws.
Beverley is back, by the way. Reggie Jackson is 0 for 6.
OKC calling it a flop. Called a common foul, which means, yes it was a foul, but Beverley flopped it up, too.
Reggie Jackson nails Beverley with an elbow. McHale screaming for a flagrant. Officials will review.
Dwight gets his nightly what was that goaltending. Hey, maybe that is part of discouraging so many shots? Nah.
Steven Adams has six blocked shots. OKC/Seattle franchise record is 10, shared by SuperSonics Shawn Kemp and Calvin Booth.
Record for blocked shots for a Rockets opponent Denver's 20 in 1984. Thunder with 11 in first half.
Pat Beverley put-back with .3 left gives Rockets 42-33 lead at half, their largest. Rockets 3 of 16 on 3s. OKC 9 of 36 overall.
You know OKC loves Beverley. Beautiful tip by Pat just before the half puts the Rockets up 42-33 at the break.
I'm appreciating Leslie Alexander's call for a two-minute limit on replay reviews more all the time.
Thunder with 11 blocked shots in the half. Previous most for a Rockets opponent in a game was eight.