Rockets lose to Pacers, skid continues

Rockets lose to Pacers, skid continues
January 18, 2013, 9:15 pm
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Highlights: Rockets lose their sixth straight

SYNOPSIS

The Rockets dropped their sixth straight contest on Friday night when they went down to the Pacers 105-95.

Omer Asik was impressive with a career high 22 points and also had 12 rebounds for his third double-double in four games. However, James Harden struggled, shooting 5-19 for 17 points, ending his 22-game streak with at least 20 points.

For the Pacers, Paul George not only helped to shut Harden down, but he also shot lights out and finished with 31 points, seven three-pointers, and five steals. His partner in crime, David West, had 20 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, and three blocks.

The Rockets had a few points during the game where they rallied, but they just couldn’t get over the hump.

TURNING POINT

One such rally had the Rockets within 65-61 four minutes into the second half after a Jeremy Lin three-pointer. The Pacers responded with the next eight points to take the game back into double digits. From that point on, the Rockets were kept at a distance for the remainder of the game.

FROM THE FIELD

The Rockets shot 34-for-83 for 41 percent. From three-point land, they were 13-30. The Pacers were more consistent from deep.

AT THE LINE

This was a bright spot. The Rockets were 14-for-16 from the line (87.5 percent), led by Omer Asik’s 6-7 performance. The big man’s now hit 10 of his last 11 freebies and he has been the Rockets’ top free-throw shooter in each of the team’s last two games.

HIGHLIGHT REEL

Asik had a dunk. Carlos Delfino had a driving dunk. Harden had a four-point play.

UP NEXT

The Rockets travel to Minnesota on Saturday to take on a T-Wolves squad that’s lost their last five games by an average margin of 16 points a contest. Minnesota’s slid to the bottom of the Northwest Division with a 16-20 record.