Brooks twists ankle
The bad news is Aaron Brooks was forced to leave the game after he twisted his ankle badly in the third quarter on Thursday night against Memphis. With Pat Beverley already on the shelf for four-to-six weeks following surgery on his right hand, the Rockets can ill afford to lose Brooks for any amount of time.
The good news is Brooks returned to the bench just a few minutes later and was ready to go if needed. He said after the game, he just went to the locker room, got it re-taped and let it calm down a bit. He’s not sure how it will feel in the morning, but seemed confident he’d be ready for their game Saturday versus New Orleans.
Lin closes strong
Jeremy Lin was just 2-of-7 with four points and four turnovers through the first three quarters against Memphis. He then scored 14 points and had zero turnovers in the fourth quarter.
“Jeremy did something that is hard to do. He took a tough game through the three quarters and really put in a big performance in the fourth quarter which we needed,” Rockets Head coach Kevin McHale said. “The 34 points (for the Rockets in the fourth quarter) and getting out and attacking them was huge for us.”
Harden joins Floyd atop Rockets all-time list
James Harden connected on 22 of his 25 free throw attempts to tie Eric “Sleepy” Floyd for the most free throws made in a game in Rockets history. Floyd was 22-of-27 from the free throw line on Feb. 3, 1991 versus Golden State. Harden was asked if he wanted to break the record or if he was okay sharing the Rockets mark. “Yeah, I would’ve liked to break it,” Harden said. “I don’t like missing free throws at all, I missed three of them. I’m just happy we won the game.”