Highlights: Rockets' comeback falls short
The Rockets made a late run, but the Grizzlies withstood the challenge to send Houston out with their third straight defeat. Final score? 93-85.
The Rockets made it a two-point game at 87-85, but they didn't score any more after that. Chandler Parsons led the way with 19 points, 12 of which came in the third quarter. Parsons really stood out for the Rockets in the second half.
James Harden had a tough night, shooting 4-for-18 and turning the ball over five times. However, he did have 18 points because of his ability to get to the free throw line.
Jeremy Lin scored the Rockets' first five points, then was quiet until the Rockets made their last stand with a 10-0 run. Lin had eight of those 10 points to bring the Rockets back into the game.
The offensive glass was where the Grizzlies dominated the Rockets, although Houston did a much better job on their defensive glass in the second half. Still, when the Rockets absolutely needed a stop, down 90-85 with around 1:35 left in the game, the Grizz repeatedly got the ball back after missed shots by getting offensive boards. Eventually, the possession and pretty much the ballgame were ended when Rudy Gay converted for a seven-point lead.
From the field
The Rockets shot 31-for-76 for a 40.8 percent rate. Not only was Parsons 8-for-13 (3-6 from three-point land), Omer Asik was 4-for-6 from the field and had his second consecutive double-double.
At the line
Out of 15 attempts, the Rockets only missed one free throw -- 93.3 percent. That's pretty outstanding.
This section's pretty much the Parsons/Lin show. Parsons with all sorts of hustle plays in the third quarter, with the one sticking out where he dove on the floor to intercept the ball and chucked it at a Grizzlies player to have the ball go out of bounds and the Rockets retaining possession.
Lin's eight points out of the Rockets 10-0 late run were memorable mainly because he had two hoops off the fast break after turnovers, one of which was a three-point play.
No rest for the Rockets. They're back Saturday night at the Toyota Center to host the still-winless Pistons. Detroit lost to Oklahoma City on Friday evening 105-94. Rookie Andre Drummond led the Pistons with 22 points.