Hack-a-Dwight helped to swing momentum in the Rockets' favor in the final minutes of Tuesday night's win over the Lakers.
The Rockets began the tactic of purposely fouling the Lakers big man at the 3:18 mark until there were about 90 seconds left in the game. Sure enough, Dwight Howard hit half of his free throws as the Rockets gained more and more momentum.
"That was the right time to do it," Kelvin Sampson said. "It gets the ball out of Kobe's hands. There's not a better fourth-quarter player in this league than Kobe. It breaks up their rhythm.
"It comes under the category: you do what you have to do to win the game."
Jeremy Lin added, "It kills the rhythm. It really does kill the rhythm. No one touches the ball, at least on their end. No one's touching it and he's just shooting free throws, and then the play stops, so you've got to walk down. So it definitely kills the rhythm."
By the time, the Rockets stopped fouling Howard on purpose, they still had momentum, maintained it with a few defensive stops, some extremely strong bench play, and the end result was a monumental 107-105 win over the Lakers.