Sloppiness deflates Rockets' winning feeling

Sloppiness deflates Rockets' winning feeling
December 13, 2012, 12:00 am
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Sloppy play rules the day for Rockets

The Rockets were happy to end their three-game losing streak. They weren't happy with how they did it.

Houston turned the ball over 18 times for the game, 12 of those in the first half.

"I think our overall first half was very sloppy," Chandler Parsons said. "We turned the ball over way too many times. Our defense wasn't great. We were just doing a lot of little things that add up to losing.

"We've got to come with better energy than that."

Parsons was far from the only one who thought that.

"We had some good looks," Kevin McHale said. "We just didn't make them. That always drags us down a little bit. We've got to learn how to play a little bit better when we're not making shots. Have a little bit more energy."

"Obviously, it's good to win, but the way we won, against the very good teams, it's not going to get it done against those teams," James Harden said. "So we've got to really lock in on what we need to do. Small details we've got to pay attention to."

Added Jeremy Lin, "I think we're being a little inconsistent, but we'll get there. That's just how it is. Some nights are going to be like that, but the key is to try to minimize that."

Multiple Rocket players said this kind of play cannot happen when the Celtics come to town Friday because the players know, if they play Friday like they did on Wednesday, the final result will probably turn out differently than a 99-93 victory.