Injuries derail Rockets in loss to Suns

Injuries derail Rockets in loss to Suns
December 4, 2013, 9:45 pm
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Rockets lose to the Suns 97-88

(Troy Taormina - USA Today Sports Images)

The Rockets knew they would need something special as they faced Phoenix with just four reserves dressed to injuries. They didn’t get it as they fell behind early and every time they made a charge Phoenix has an answer, beating them 97-88. It’s just the second time all season the Rockets have lost two games in a row.

It’s only fitting, since this game and their game Monday night in Utah were very similar. Both games were played without Chandler Parsons (back) and Jeremy Lin (knee) and both games had the Rockets getting off to a poor start.

Houston shot just 29.6 percent in the first quarter, their worst performance of the season and after trading the lead a few times in the period, they never got the lead back.

Aaron Brooks led the Rockets with 17 points and Dwight Howard added 15 points and 18 rebounds. James Harden coming off back-to-back 30 point games, struggled, scoring just 14 points on 3-of-17 shooting.

Needed a run

Houston opened the fourth quarter on a 10-0 run, to cut a 12-point deficit down to two at 73-71. They closed to within one after Aaron Brooks made a 3-pointer.

But gave up a run

But the Suns got the next 15 points to extend the lead back to 16 with just 3:07 remaining in the game.

It was over when

Former Rocket Marcus Morris hit a 3-pointer in the corner right in front of the Rockets bench to put the suns back on top by 9, 91-82 with just 1:31 remaining. Morris finished with eight points.

Next up

Houston welcomes Golden State to Toyota Center on Friday night for their only trip to Houston this season. The Rockets won three of four from the Warriors last season and have won 13 of the last 16. The teams will meet again the following Friday in Golden State. In the first meeting between the two teams last season, the Rockets set a Toyota Center record for points with 140, in a 140-109 victory.