With Howard watching, Rockets beat Memphis

With Howard watching, Rockets beat Memphis
December 26, 2013, 9:30 pm
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Rockets rally past Grizzlies

Playing against the Memphis Grizzlies is rarely pretty and Thursday night’s game was no different for the Houston Rockets. But pretty or not, they’ll gladly take the win and their first two-game winning streak since beating Golden State and Orlando.

The same thing that plagued the Rockets when they faced the Grizzlies the first time was offensive rebounds. They were a huge issue again tonight in the first half with Memphis grabbing 14 of them. But they allowed just six in the second half and outscored Memphis by 17 points after Dwight Howard went to the bench with five fouls and just over 20 minutes remaining.

Back to back

The Rockets have now completed their eighth set of back-to-back games this season with a remarkable record. Even more remarkable is they have lost only one time on the second night of a back-to-back. Even more remarkable is Thursday night’s game against Memphis was their first home game on the second night of a back-to-back. They are 7-1 on the second night of a back-to-back.

The game was over when

Jeremy Lin corralled Tayshaun Prince’s errant 3-point attempt, got fouled and made two free throws to extend the Rockets lead to eight points, 96-88, with 36.4 seconds remaining.

Highlight of the night

Donatas Motiejunas got a lot of minutes with Dwight Howard I foul trouble and made the play of the night on both ends. He blocked Mike Conley’s drive on one end and after James Harden dove to the ground to secure it for the Rockets, Jeremy Lin found a streaking Motiejunas for the fast break slam.

Numbers of the night

James Harden was 22-25 from the free throw, which tied the Rockets all-time record for free throws made in a game of 22. Sleepy Floyd set the mark on Feb. 3, 1991 versus Golden State going 22-of-27 from the free throw line.

Next up

The New Orleans Hornets will be at Toyota Center on Friday night for the first of their four meetings with the Rockets. Houston has won four of the previous five games and has swept New Orleans in Houston each of the past two seasons. Ryan Anderson (20.4 ppg) and Anthony Davis (19.3 ppg) would be one of the league’s highes scoring duos, but both have had injury issues. Anderson missed the first nine game of the season with a foot injury and Davis missed seven games with a broken left hand.

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