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Jeremy Lin going against your team is so much more fun to watch than Jeremy Lin on your team. 42-23 Rockets.
Capela misses an alley oop, but I still think he'll get those first NBA points tonight.
30-15 Rockets after one. James Harden in the first quarter: 5-6 FG, 13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists (but 4 turnovers).
Clint Capela can't miss in the D-League, can't make anything in the NBA. Great start for Rockets though, now up 30-15.
Harden drove nearly to the rim, but chose to set up Capela instead. The rook lost the ball a Harden turnover.
Capela fouled on his first time down the floor. Misses both fts, the second badly. Still think he'll have a career high scoring night.
Early Clint Capela sighting!
Clint Capela checks in for Dorsey. (Motiejunas had two early fouls.)
With two minutes left in 1st quarter, Harden has scored or set up 23 of the Rockets 27 points. Has 13p, 4a.
Jeremy Lin checks in to a good round of applause. Matched up with the guy that replaced him in Rockets rotation, Jason Terry.
Floyd Mayweather and many very large people walking with him just arrived.
Lin did not play at all on Friday, his first healthy scratch since the game before Linsanity began. Just guessing this DN POd a few fans.
Byron Scott, when asked if Lin would play, said he has an idea about his rotation, but would determine who plays off bench during the game.
As expected, Joey Dorsey to start with Dwight Howard out,
No Kobe. No Dwight. But Clint Capela us here.
Dwight Howard officially ruled out tonight.
Byron Scott is so late I'm wondering if Jeremy is giving him a DNC-player's decision.
Terrence Jones remains out, but when I asked about a Wed. return, McHale did not rule it out. Said "sooner than later" and "within a week."
Clint Capela, who was recalled from D-League today, was not in LA in time for Rockets shootaround, but he is expected to be here tonight.
Howard said he was "sad" to learn of Kobe Bryant's injury. Harden used the same word, "sad," and called Bryant "my favorite player."
Dwight Howard said he expects to be out tonight. Sounds confident about Wednesday. "I'll be fine. "
McHale:"I'm not hopeful for Dwight tonight."
Dwight Howard did not participate in shootaround with sprained right ankle. He's a game-time decision.
Rockets have recalled Clint Capella from the RGV Vipers, their D-League affiliate.
This is just the beginning. Jim Harbaugh's gonna absolutely kill it in recruiting.
I wish we would've stayed in New Orleans for a while so I could go to the Memphis game..would love to see the young boys do work.
Dwight Howard has a right ankle sprain and is questionable tomorrow against the Lakers.
Rockets center Dwight Howard is listed as questionable to play against the Lakers on Sunday with a sprained right ankle.
In clutch situations, (up or down by 5 or fewer w/ 5 or fewer mins left), Harden ave. league leading 4.7p, making 48.9 %, 55.6 % of his 3s.
Game-winner was Harden's 2nd career buzzer beater, both v Suns, the 1st to actually go in. (The first was on Jermaine O'Neal's goaltending.)
Howard on his ankle: “It feels a little better. We’ll see how it feels tmrw. My foot just twisted. I couldn't put any pressure on it."
PatBeverley: "That’s James Harden doing his thing. The shots he makes nothing surprises you. In my eyes he’s the best player in the league."
Dwight Howard said he's already feeling better. Obviously too soon to know about Sunday.
Actually, right after I typed that, Howard is out of the boot and singing.
Dwight Howard in a walking boot. McHale was unsure about whether Howard will be out.
Harden at the buzzer. Jumper from 20 feet. Rockets 113-111.
HARDEN AT THE BUZZER! GAME OVER!!!!
Bad, bad foul by Joey Dorsey, and the Phoenix Suns have tied it. Rockets ball, 16.6 sec left.
Morris rolls in his free throw. Tie game with 16.6 left.
Rockets did everything possible to take away 3-pointers. Instead, Dorsey fouled Markieff Morris as he put in a layup.
James Harden makes a pair of free throws, putting the Rockets up three with 26 ticks left.
Suns quickly put Harden on the line. He made 1 of previous two. Is 12 of 15 for the night.
The Rockets led 102-86 with 6:11 left. It's now 109-108 Houston with 27.2 sec left. Not the first time this has happened late.
Rockets were taking away the 3-point line, allowing Bledsoe to get to rim. He missed but Marcus Morris put in rebound. One-pt gm, 27.2 left.
Suns went on a 14-2 run before the Rockets finally got a basket by Harden (28 points). Rockets now lead 106-100, 1:25 left.
Rockets had their largest lead of the game midway through the fourth. Suns ansewer with a 9-0 run, are back with 7 with 4:17 left.
This has been Donatas Motiejunas' quarter: He's 4-4 from the field for 8 points and a steal in the period. 102-88 Rockets, 5:46 left.
Jason Terry gives Papanikolaou a pep talk and a smack on the butt. McHale sticking with him for a few more minutes.
Harden had an open 3. Passed instead to a wide open Papanikolaou to try to get him going. Didn't work. Next time down, set up Ariza instead.
Rockets will take a 10-point lead into fourth. Harden with 7a in the third. Still think Rockets will need something from Motiejunas inside.
Rockets take a 10-point lead to the fourth, up 87-77. Harden has 24, 9 assists, 5 boards. Brewer, JSmith each with 14 off the bench.
Josh Smith up to six turnovers. Rest of the Rockets with five.
Pat Beverley is having one of his best games in awhile. Besides 12 points and four assists, strong defense against outstanding Suns guards.
Despite the early turnovers, Josh Smith is having a strong game. He's now 7-10 from the field for 14 points.
Dragic bumped official Scott Wall. Automatic T. Dragic takes a seat.
Rockets give up three layups in a little over a minute. McHale gets an early time out. Rockets seem to be missing some rim protection.
Tucker picked up a T in first minute of the half and Hornacek benched him. Marcus Morris matched up with Harden.
Dragic visits with Motiejunas and now Harden at halftime. Working on Rockets' goal of all lefty lineup?
James Harden just completely smoked PJ Tucker with a crossover, threw down a dunk and landed on Tucker's back. 60-52 Rockets at half.
P.J. Tucker's defense is no joke, but Harden burned him badly to end the half with a drive and dunk. Harden with 18. Rockets up 60-52.
With Josh Smith collecting turnovers, Motiejunas in foul trouble, Papanikolaou checks in at power forward. Matched up with Tucker.
This is shaping up as a night McHale would love to point at Terrence Jones and tell him to get in there. Likely soon.