Rockets claim wild win in Washington

Rockets claim wild win in Washington
January 11, 2014, 9:45 pm
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You would think an NBA game that was stopped twice by a leaky roof, that the delays would be the story line or at least a huge story line of the game. But with what transpired during the Rockets 114-107 victory over the Wizards, that could easily have been forgotten.

The Rockets built a 25 point second half lead, only to lose it all and find themselves trailing by five with less than five minutes remaining. James Harden then led a 10-0 Rockets run to flip that five-point deficit into a five-point lead and Houston's defense forced the Wizards to miss their final 15 shots to secure the wild victory.

"Down the stretch we made good plays," Rockets head coach Kevin Mchale said. "They had all the momentum, then we got a couple of stops. (We) got out and scored on the break a little bit and kept attacking.

"It was a crazy game, we just had to fight back and win. Our guys fought back, James had a big fourth, had some big drives. (We) got some stops, Terrence was huge and had a huge block."

The Rockets remain perfect in their back-to-back games this season in games played on the road on both nights. They are now 0-5 on the first night and 5-0 on the second night of such back-to-backs.

Houston and Washington were tied at 29 just nine seconds into the second quarter, when the first delay occurred. Water began leaking onto the court and stalled play for over half an hour. Coming out of that delay, the Rockets caught fire outscoring the Wizards 34-13 over the next ten and a half minutes.

The lead was still 21 points for the Rockets at 92-71 with just 2:02 remaining in the third quarter. But the Wizards then made 12-of-17 shots and came all the way back to take a 102-97 lead with five minutes remaining. Houston had a scoring drought that lasted 6:08 in the fourth quarter.

"We could have floded but we found a way to stick together and get some stops when we needed it," Dwight Howard said. "I think Terrence Jones did an excellent job of changing shots and blocking shots late in the game and I think that's the reason we got a good win."

Jones had a pair of blocked shots in the fourth quarter during the Rockets 10-0 run including a block on Bradley Beal at the rim with Houston clinging to a three point lead with under a minute remaining. Jones was huge in the second half with 17 points and 12 rebounds. For the game he scored 19 points and grabbed a new career high 17 rebounds.

Harden led the Rockets with 25 points and Dwight Howard added 23 points. Jeremy Lin was the catalyst for the Rockets when they built their 25-point lead and finished with 18 points and eight assists.