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Rockets called up guard Troy Daniels from RGV. Daniels averaged 22.8 ppg this season.
You gotta grind til your eyes closed.
Just finished the practice . Me and Pat did some extra work today ;-)
Tonight Rockets became 7th team to reach 40-win mark this season. Starting Tuesday with Miami, 5 of next 7 games against teams w/ 40+ wins.
Coming into tonight, Harden had faced 81 post-up possessions per Synergy, conceding .481 points per possession (97th percentile) 24.1 FG%.
McHale talked post-game about how Harden has defended in low-post more often of late. Said "He’s been really good in that role."
Dwight Howard, trying to describe his pass, couldn't remember the name of that great Utah point guard (John Stockton). I'm officially old.
With ho hum win against Pistons, Rockets to 40 wins in 2nd fewest gms in tm history, behind only 93-94. Win 18th straight when scoring 100.
Rockets win 118-110. 6 players in double-digit scoring led by T-Jones with 22. Next up: the two-time champs from Miami Tuesday night.
FINAL: Rockets 118, Pistons 110. Harden 20p-12a, TJones 22p-10r, Beverley 19p (5 3's), Dwight 17p, Casspi 16p
I suspect Andre Drummond's wallet will be just a wee bit lighter Monday morning.
Patrick Beverley to the rescue. He hits three triples in just over three minutes and the Rockets are back up 16.
Beverley, by the way has now tied his career-high with 5 triples in this game.
Pistons cut it to 10, Rockets respond with back-to-back Beverley triples. He's 4-7 from deep in 2nd half 5-9 overall and HOU lead back to 16
Nothing going right for Jeremy Lin these days. Pistons can cut this Rocket lead down to 10 with a free throw with 8:48 left.
Rockets still struggling to find mojo that propelled them to monster first half. Pistons keep inching closer. HOU lead down to 11, 8:48 left
Lackluster 3Q for HOU, but Rockets still up 95-80 heading to 4Q. Four good minutes to begin final frame would put Pistons away.
Rockets have gotten sloppy here in the third -- Pistons have cut the 25-point Rocket lead down to 13.
Pistons "cut" HOU lead to 16, Rox respond w/ simple screen-and-roll that nets a TJ dunk. Rox biggest challenge now is just maintaining focus
Howard, Harden and Jones a combined 17-24 from the field, 41 points. Rockets shooting 61%, have 44 paint points, 18 via fast break.
James Harden at the half: 14 points on 6-9 shooting, 7 assists, 3 steals. Dwight Howard has 15 to lead all scorers.
Rox lead 69-46. Hasn't even been that close. Apparently HOU has scored on something other than a dunk, but I can't remember it happening.
Dwight misses the corner three at the buzzer, which shows how much the Rockets are clowning the Pistons. 69-46 Rockets at half.
Oh, and Dwight Howard is now throwing (and completing) alley-oops to Terrence Jones, if you needed a reminder of how this game is going.
Dwight Howard, from the three-point line, throws the alley-oop to Terrence Jones. SWEET play.
Jordan Hamilton's last 14 games with Denver: 8 made 3-pointers. Thought 2 and a half games with HOU, he has made 7 such shots.
James Harden is getting really good at selling the drive and throwing the no-look alley to Dwight. 58-33 Rockets.
Omri Casspi one of several Rockets enjoying exceptional start to tonight's game. He's perfect from the field and has 11 pts in 8 mins so far
Well, it's no wonder Andre Drummond was so good in the Rising Stars. Apparently, has experience in games in which a team plays no defense.
41 points for the Rockets in the first quarter. Harden has 12, 4 assists, 2 steals, Dwight 9p, TJones 8p, Bev 6p-3a. 41-20 Houston.
Terrific 1Q for Houston as Rockets take 41-20 lead. Have nothing family friendly to say about Detroit's effort, however.
38 points (and counting) for HOU here in 1Q. 28 of those have been scored in the paint.
Spurs rang up 120 on DET other day. Rox will almost certainly be on a 160+ pace once this 1Q comes to an end. And that's just on dunks alone
This is too easy. James Harden has coasted to the paint for back-to-back layups. He's got 10, Rockets up 34-18 on 14-18 shooting.
Terrence Jones just went straight up Karch Kiraly on that shot. Sound of his hand hitting leather was jarring.
That makes it 8 out of 11 games in which the Rockets have scored at least 30 in the first quarter. Could pass season-high 42 in 3 1/2 mins./
Good movement will beat most defenses but, holy cow, it will absolutely rip the Pistons' D to shreds.
Figured all TJ needed to snap out of slump was a first quarter at Toyota Center. Always seems to start well here. Already 8 pts, all dunks.
Rockets blowing out Pistons so easily I kind of expect DeMarcus Cousins to throw another tantrum somewhere.
Down 10 early, have Josh Smith launch (and miss) 22-footer out of a timeout, allow T-Jones dunk at other end. Well done, Detroit.
Rockets jump out all over the Pistons early, taking a 14-4 lead before a Detroit timeout. Rockets 6-8 FG, Harden has 6p, 3 dimes, 2 steals.
Rockets making it look oh so easy here in early going. 14-4 lead w/ 10 of those pts coming in paint, mostly on monster dunks.
Rockets just had Aaron Brooks on the scoreboard say, "It's Gametime!" Might want to update that.
Mins away from Rox-Pistons tip. Pretty straightforward tonight for HOU: don't let DET feast on o-boards & TOs, and abuse Pistons' poor PnR D
Rockets are just 2-3 this year without Chandler Parsons, averaging under 100 points a game and shooting just 31.5% from 3-point range.
Detroit coach John Loyer after his interview: "Is Chandler Parsons for sure out tonight? Can he take a couple guys with him?"
Just saw Chandler Parsons leave the arena in street clothes. Rockets now saying he is out tonight.
Chandler Parsons (illness) will not play tonight. Expect Jordan Hamilton to start in his place.
Btw clearly not a great day for me in the hoops scene. Longhorns fall to OU (argh!), Cuse about to go down (argh!). Need a Rockets win 2nite
Jaromir Jagr reachin 700 career NHL goals is a HUGE deal. Makes me think how incredible he & Teemu Selanne (on the cusp of 700) have been.
Smith, who returned from road trip early, has played in 11 games this season. Rockets announced no timetable, other than out indefinitely.
Rockets announce Greg Smith surgery we reported yesterday. Exploratory surgery on Wed. examined ligaments, repaired medial miniscus tear.
Rockets announce Greg Smith out indefinitely after exploratory arthroscopic surgery to repair medial meniscus tear in right knee.
Chandler Parsons not taking part in today's practice; still dealing with flu-like symptoms he's had last few days.
NBA-TV picks up Tuesday's Rockets-Heat game. Usual local blackout rules apply.
Good win tonight VCU...!!!!
Smith, who has played in just 11 games this season because of a variety of issues, has been in out with knee issue since Nov. game in NY.
Rockets center Greg Smith to have arthroscopic knee surgery to address problems that have held him out most of the season, source said.