Rockets bench comes up big in loss

Rockets bench comes up big in loss
November 5, 2013, 1:45 am
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The Houston Rockets knew they would see this Los Angeles Clippers team again within a weeks time, since the Clippers will be in Houston to face the Rockets on Saturday. Well, they have a lot to fix between now and then, after the Clippers ran them over on Monday night, 137-118.

There are quite a few numbers that might fool you into the believing the Rockets pulled out a win in Los Angeles on Monday night against the Clippers. The committed a season-low 15 turnovers. Houston shot 50 percent from the floor and their bench scored 56 points.

But don't be fooled, The Clippers still out shot them, connecting on 52.1 percent of their shots and had only 12 turnovers.

The 56 points from the Rockets bench is a season high, easily topping the 39 they had on opening night. Omri Casspi missed the Rockets last game with an ankle injury, but came out very aggressively tonight.

He came into the game a bit early, checking in for Dwight Howard after he picked up two early fouls, about halfway through the first quarter. Casspi wasted no time firing up his shots, hitting three 3-pointers in the first quarter. He led the Rockets with 19 points and he also led the team with nine rebounds.

"Casspi played well," head coach Kevin Mchale said. "But he has been playing well. He's been playing well since camp started."

Houston got their first significant contribution of the season from center Greg Smith as well. He gave the team a lift in the second quarter. Smith grabbed four rebounds and put in a pair of shots at the rim in the first 75 seconds of the quarter and finished with 12 points and seven rebounds in the game in just 11 minutes.  

Aaron Brooks also was a major player for the Rockets, with Pat Beverley still out with his partially-torn rib muscle. Although it looked like Brooks might be joining him on the shelf. He had to leave the game in the second quarter fter injuring his ankle, but he got it re-taped and was able to answer the bell for the rest of the game.

Brooks had 9 points and four rebounds without a single turnover and helped key an 8-0 run to start the fourth quarter with a steal and a pair of layups.

"I think we played them evenly, defensively we were both terrible," Brooks said. "But it's hard to play catch-up with that team. Hopefully we learn from our mistakes and play a little bit better next time."

Next time comes very quickly. Following their game on Tuesday night in Portland and after they host the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night, they will see the Clippers again on Saturday night in Houston