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Rockets already need a timeout. Nets off to a 5-0 run to start this half.
Second half of Rockets/Nets about to start. Rockets down 4 points.
Rockets back in locker room much longer at halftime than usual. Plenty to go over.
Harden has made 6 of 29 shots in first half of Rockets past 4 gms, 1 of 6 tonight, but has 7 assists. Rockets issue obviously on other end.
Rockets came back from down 13 to lead (for 22 seconds), but trail 57-53 at half. Harden 1 of 6, missing drive at buzzer. Nets shoot 51.2 %.
HALF: Nets 57, Rockets 53. TJones (14p), Ariza (11p) leading Houston. Harden just 1-6 FG, but has 7 dimes. Pablo has 5 assists in 7 min.
Harden finds Ariza in the corner for three then Bev scores on a drive plus the foul. His free throw here can give Rockets their first lead.
Beverley with a strong drive, finish. I wrote before he got sick that he needed to do that more to get his 3 going, too.
Nets lead is down to 3 (46-43) midway through the second quarter. Prigioni has five assists. Harden has six.
Prigioni has been terrific. Don't see traditional point guard play that often anymore.
Pablo knows how to run that pick-and-roll. Rockets within 46-43, 6:11 2Q.
Hollins, asked about Rockets' "speed" group, shot back that starters are pretty fast. They are; rank 4th in pace. Bench is faster, rank 1st.
Pablo Prigioni started the second quarter with a steal, found Brewer on the break for an alleyoop layup. That kicked off a 6-0 Rocket run.
Rockets with a rotation change. Beverley and Prigioni check in to start second quarter. Ariza had been with that group with Brewer at two.
Check that. He had one step-back jumper against the Clippers.
Harden has not made a shot in the first quarter of past three games. Took just one shot tonight against double-teams, getting 6 assists.
Nets with top-scoring 1st quarter against Rockets this season, lead 36-25. Rockets shoot 50 %, but with 6 especially sloppy turnovers.
James Harden already has 6 assists in the first 7+ minutes of the game.
Nets keeping a defender (usually Plumlee) in position to help on Harden on drives at all times. Harden has assists on 5 of Rockets 6 FGs.
Interesting way mismatches are playing out. Motiejunas had trouble with quickness against small Nets lineup. Nets having trouble with Jones.
Rockets have to turn to bench early. Down 19-7, Smith, Terry check in.
Nets jump out to a 12-2 lead on the Rockets.
Rockets need a timeout here. Nets haven't missed a shot (4-4) and Rockets struggling to make one. 12-2 Brooklyn out of the gate.
Rockets courteously making sure they don't do anything until more fans get here. Down 12-2. Nets 4 of 4, Rockets 1 of 4 with 2 turnovers.
The only two active NBA players from the University of Arkansas are on the floor right now - Pat Beverley and Joe Johnson
With Pat Beverley back, Rockets move to lineup No. 12 this season.
Murphy: "This the right time for people to understand who (Lloyd) was in the scheme of where we are today in the game as African Americans."
Chatted with Calvin Murphy about Earl Lloyd, who recruited him to play at Detroit for Dick Vitale. Visited every yr at HOF. Will post soon.
Apologies to those asking. My tweet did not post. Harden, Beverley playing tonight. Beverley likely to have minutes restriction.
Looks good to go. http://t.co/evb5eyAUrA
The new Rockets team mural is up. Pablo on the left side, McDaniels holding up the right. http://t.co/kJ8b16tbyd
James Harden and Pat Beverley are both expected to play tonight barring anything happening in the next hour and a half.
Rockets warming up in black shirts in honor of Earl Lloyd who passed last night. Will be an announcement pregame.
James Harden will play tonight. Beverley will be back also.
Cavs are resting LeBron James tonight. Cleveland plays Houston on Sunday afternoon.
Cavs list Kyrie Irving as day-to-day after tonight's game in Indianapolis. In Houston for a day game on Sunday.
Sad to hear about Leonard Nimoy- used to watch Star Trek reruns with my dad when I was a kid. Spock was my favorite.
Though Harden (ankle), Beverley (flu) both still listed as questionable, both went through shootaround. Beverley practiced yesterday.
Harden and Beverley will be game-time decisions this evening.
Motiejunas praised the Toyota Center crowd on Wednesday night- said it's fun to play in front of a full, intense crowd.
Harden also taking shots this morning.
Pat Beverley is on the floor taking shots. Looks like he is feeling a lot better.
No change in Rockets' injuries- Harden (ankle), Beverley (flu symptoms) are questionable. Howard (knee), Papanikolaou (ankle) are out.
Officials for Rockets-Nets tonight: Bill Kennedy, Brian Forte and Kevin Scott.
Tuesday's Rockets game vs. Hawks in Atlanta picked up by NBA-TV.
That dress is blue and gold bro...
Pat Beverley (flu symptoms) practiced with the Rockets on Thursday. Was more of a walk-through and shooting practice so he was not tested.
James Harden listed as questionable with a right ankle sprain. Pat Beverley (flu) also questionable for Friday vs. Nets.
James Harden is listed as questionable for Brooklyn game Friday with a sprained ankle.
Rockets hadn’t beat Clippers in last 6 meetings. Won tonight 110-105. “It feels a while lot better than getting beat by them,” McHale said.
Harden on his ankle: “It’s pretty sore right now, but I’ll get some rest tonight and ice it… and hopefully be ready to go Friday."
Josh Smith on the Rockets: “We’re very unselfish. The ball is moving from side to side and we are looking for the open man."
Terrence Jones had 5 blocks tonight. He has 14 in the last four games.
McHale: "It looked like he sprained it pretty bad. He's a tough young man. He takes a lot of beating. He's very resilient. He sucked it up."
Harden: "It's pretty sore right now, but get some rest tonight, ice it and get some rest tomorrow and hopefully be ready to go Friday."
Harden limping badly on his way out. Will be a busy couple days of treatment.
FINAL: Rockets 110, Clips 105. BIG W. Harden (21p-10a) gets 1st win vs LAC as a Rocket. Brewer 20p, DMo 18p-9r, Ariza 17p, TJones 14p-5blk.
Harden hit one of two from the line. Rockets up 110-105 with 29.3 seconds to play. Clippers have the ball.
Harden took a Paul right hand jab to the face. Did not seem to like it.
Harden going to the line after a Chris Paul foul.
30 seconds to go… 4 point game.
Harden won't come out, knowing if he does, it will likely tighten up and he will not return. McHale walks out on the court to talk it over.
Harden looked like he was in pain. Grabbed his right ankle, it looked like. Now up, limping it off.
Harden was on the ground, holding his right leg. Up trying to walk it off right now.
Harden down, holding his right ankle. Stepped on Paul's right foot, turned the ankle.
Not a good sign. Harden in clear pain after rolling his ankle.