HIGHLIGHTS: Rockets beat Raptors in 2OT
The Houston Rockets held a 17 point lead in the second half at home on Monday night against the Toronto Raptors, but it wasn’t enough to avoid overtime. The game remained deadlocked after the first overtime. Finally, mercifully, Houston outscored Toronto 15 to nine during the second extra five minutes to win, 110-104.
There were monster nights all the way around for Houston. Jeremy Lin with 31 points and 45 minutes played off the Rockets bench. James Harden had 26 points and 10 assists and Dwight Howard grabbed 24 rebounds, while adding 18 points.
Dwight is right tonight
Fantastic start for Dwight Howard tonight, as he scored nine points, grabbed six boards and blocked two shots in the first quarter. He also helped get both Amir Johnson and Jonas Valanciunas in foul trouble. Each Toronto big picked up two fouls in the game’s first nine minutes. Howard finished the half leading all scorers with 17 points and was the game’s high-rebounder with 11.
No Garcia, no problem
After Sunday’s practice, Rockets coach Kevin McHale thought it was likely he must need to extend the rotation a bit due to injuries. He was right. With Francisco Garcia out sick, Terrence Jones got some quality first half minutes and was very active, grabbing five rebound and blocking two shots. Along with Omri Casspi and Jeremy Lin, the Rockets got a huge push from the bench and took a 14-point lead to halftime.
The game was over when…
When the Rockets were awarded the ball on a replay review after Rudy Gay missed for the 25th time. Pat Beverley got fouled and made one of two free throws, to put Houston up 109-104 with under 20 seconds left. Naturally after 25 misses, the Raptors gave Gay the rock one more time – he missed again.
The Rockets hit the road for their third set of back-to-back games this season. They are in Philadelphia to play the Sixers on Wednesday night and will play New York to face the Knicks on Thursday. Houston has lost eight of their last 11 to the Sixers, including 4 of their last 5 in Philadelphia.