Was able to make it to some early-morning Black Friday shoe shopping before Rockets-Clippers shoot arounds this morning. :)
I know tonight was rough with no NBA games on, but there's 12 tomorrow including Mavs-Raptors, Clippers-Rockets, Kings-Spurs, Grizz-Blazers.
Conversely, Rockets teammate Dwight Howard is the only qualifying player with a worse TS% (.563) than FG% (.575).
Rockets first in points allowed per game and 3-point shooting % defense; 2nd in overall shooting % defense.
Holding the Kings to 89 pts on 43.7 % shooting, Rockets regained the top spot in defensive rating, allowing 94.5 points per 100 possessions.
That means that Ish Smith will remain on the roster. He's a player OKC liked during the summer but he was under contract with the Rockets.
Another win for the Houston Rockets! What a fun game
Canaan had 6 3-pointers, the fourth Rockets player with at least 6 in a game (with Harden, Ariza, Beverley). No other team with more than 1.
Rockets NBA's most turnover-prone tm. Had 4. Ranked 27th in def rebounding %, playing No. 1 off reb tm, gave up 0 2nd chance pts in 2nd 1/2.
Maybe I've underestimated the Rockets.
Tarik Black played tonight with an eye infection because Rockets were short on bigs.
FINAL: Rockets 102, Kings 89
FINAL: Rockets 102, Kings 89. Harden struggles shooting, but posts 26p-8a-7r-3blk-2stl. Career-highs Canaan (24p), D-Mo (21p). Rockets 12-3!
Kings had everything going their way, but the Rockets had their two stars -- Motiejunas and Canaan. Career high for both.
Harden with a drive, a steal and a breakaway. Rockets up 95-85, 2:07 left. He's 9 of 30, but has 24-8-7.
Harden with the steal and dunk that might seal this one. Rockets up 95-85, 2:07 to play.
Papanikolaou misses the first and makes the second free throw, ending the Rockets charity stripe skid at 9.
Rockets might have to get Black back in to match up with Cousins. Motiejunas with four fouls with 4:50 left.
Harden misses the wide open three, but gets a second chance and nails the corner three! Rockets up 9, 4:54 left.
Bad foul for Cousins to take. Rockets are in the penalty now.
Rockets up 6 with Cousins back in. He'sd matched up with Motiejunas.
The 3-4 min starting stretch of fourth when Harden sits has been tough for Rockets lately, but they kept the 4-pt lead as Harden returns.
Rockets have no Dwight, Jones, Beverley. Harden's shot missing since 1st q. They are 5 of 13 from line. Somehow, still up 4.
The Rockets have missed their last 8 free throw attempts.
Rockets lead 77-73 heading into 4th. Have some time before Kings in bonus, go to hack-a-Joey/Tarik. First few minutes with Cousins in key.
Rockets cling to a 77-73 lead over Sacramento heading to the 4th. DeMarcus Cousins' 8th straight double-double: 23pts, 14rebs
Isaiah Canaan really bailed out Houston in the third, scoring 14 of his 21. Rockets clinging to a 77-73 edge heading to the 4th.
Rockets get a time out to get Motiejunas into the game before Dorsey could miss any more free throws. But that puts D-Mo on Cousins.
Harden 1 of 15 with 1 assist since the first quarter. For some reason, with his shot, 3 starters out, Rockets having trouble scoring.
The Rockets and third quarters don’t seem to be getting along well these days.
Rockets not just missing 3s. Actually, that's all they've made for awhile thanks to Canaan. Harden short on 2 drives, an 18-footer.
But the Kings can't stop Isaiah Canaan who now has 16 points. Rockets lead 68-60.
Similar to Rockets game, Knicks putting together some nice runs in Melo's absence. Have to finish, but have 77-71 lead here in Dallas.
Former King Joey Dorsey (remember him) will take his turn on Cousins. Rockets can't stop him and will throw everyone at him.