Instant Replay: Rockets lose lead, then beat Wizards

Instant Replay: Rockets lose lead, then beat Wizards
January 11, 2014, 6:00 pm
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Highlights: Rockets win on wild night in DC

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Even in the NBA, where the saying is "everybody makes a run," normally a 25-point lead is enough to feel safe. Not on Saturday night in Washington for the Rockets, who had to overcome a a five-point deficit in the final five minutes after a 30-point turnaround, to claim a victory they thought they had under wraps.

Houston did just enough defensively late to win in Washington, 114-107.

A huge 10-0 run by Houston after falling behind by five, allowed them to avoid an exceptionally disappointing start to the four game road trip.

James Harden led the Rockets with 25 points, including eight of the Rockets' 10 points during that game-changing run. Terrence Jones had the other two points, part of his 17-point, 12-rebound second half performance. He had a career high 17 rebounds in the game.

Dwight Howard was fed time after time in the first quarter, scoring 11 of his game high 23 points in the opening period, which opened things up for the Rockets 3-point shooters. Houston was 8-of-18 (44.4 percent) from behind the 3-point line. Houston has shot a better percentage than that just once in their last 20 games.

The game was over when
The Rockets put one final run together. A 10-0 run spanning four and half minutes gave the Rockets a five point lead with just under a minute to play.

Highlight of the night
Plenty to choose from tonight from the Rockets, even if it's just limited to alley-oops to Howard, The best of the bunch came from Jeremy Lin who looped a pass way up in the air, and not particularly close to the rim. But the pass was perfectly placed high above the rim for Howard to rise up, grab it and throw it down with authority. The dunk put the Rockets up 70-50 early in the third quarter.

Leaky roof
Two separate delays made this game last well over three hours. Just nine seconds into the second quarter, rain began to leak through the Verizon Center roof and directly onto the court just in front of the scorer's table. That caused a delay of just over a half hour. Then a second delay was warranted when the tarps that were draped underneath the leak, allowed the water back on the court at halftime.

Next up
The Rockets four-game road trip continues in Boston on Monday night for the second of two games against the Celtics. Houston beat Boston 109-85 earlier this season in Houston. They opened that game with an 18-1 run and the Rockets shot 80 percent (16-of-20) in the first period. Terrence Jones posted a career-high 24 points that night. The Rockets have lost their last two games in Boston.

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