Beverley, D-Mo show they can play in loss

Beverley, D-Mo show they can play in loss
February 23, 2013, 10:15 pm
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It was a bad loss. But it was almost a really good win.

With just nine guys suited up on Saturday night -- and one of them was newcomer James Anderson -- the Rockets almost pulled off a win over the Wizards. They ultimately lost 105-103.

The Rockets' short bench became even shorter when Greg Smith went down with a knee injury in the second half. But still the Rockets almost pulled it out.

What would have made the win even more impressive was that the Rockets' two most notable players didn't have great games. James Harden led the scoring with 27 points but made just 10 of 23 shots to get there and hit just 3 of 11 three-pointers.

Jeremy Lin played just 26 minutes and scored just five points. His plus/minus of minus-11 was a game-worst.

So how did the Rockets stay in the game on Saturday night? How did they even have a chance to win. A couple of guys you wouldn't expect to step up, stepped up.

Aside from Chandler Parsons' 24 points and Carlos Delfino's 12, two other Rockets hit double figures.

Patrick Beverley scored 15 points in 21:44 and Donatas Motiejunas scored 11 points in 23:12. Beverley's 15 points were a career high and his nearly 22 minutes is what might be expected of him more often. With Toney Douglas shipped out because of the Kings trade, Beverley is the only real backup point guard on the roster.

Motiejunas' 11 points were his second-highest in his career. His 23 minutes of playing time is a new career high. He had never played more than 16 minutes in a game.