Turnovers doom Rockets in OT loss

Turnovers doom Rockets in OT loss
November 14, 2013, 10:30 am
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Parsons after loss: 'Turnovers are killing us'

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Even after the first few games of the season, the Houston Rockets knew that one thing, maybe above all else, needed to be corrected. They averaged 20 turnovers a game over their first three, but they acknowledged that they were not going to be able to overcome that regularly.

They had 21 turnovers in their overtime loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday night with 17 of them coming after halftime.

“Turnovers are killing us,” Chandler Parsons said. “Tonight they scored off turnovers and they converted off turnovers.”

Philadelphia scored 17 points off the Rockets 23 turnovers. They also had 27 fast break points, easily out-pacing the Rockets ten points on the break.

Turnovers, lack of defensive intensity at the onset of the contest and another scoring drought cost the Rockets another victory.

“We had guys open on the perimeter all night long,” Rockets head coach Kevin McHale. “We made the simple play (early in the game), then we started trying to make the tough play. Trying to make too many tough plays, doesn’t work.”

Parsons, who scored 22 points and had seven rebounds, six assists and four blocked shots, saw things the same way.

“Offensively we’re trying to do too much,” Parsons said. “We’re trying to dribble into tight spaces. We’re not shooting the ball when we’re open. Then we end up taking a worse shot than the one we passed up."

Houston shot 50 percent (33-of-66) from the floor and made 13-of-28 (46 percent) of their 3-pointers through the first three quarters. They held a 90-80 lead heading to the final period.

Their offensive performance in the fourth quarter was forgettable. They were 6-of-19 (32 percent) overall and missed all seven of their 3-pointers.

“We were up nine, 10 points with five minutes to go. There’s no way possible we should lose that game,” Parsons said. “I missed free throws. We had turnovers, we didn’t get stops. The last five minutes, it’s like we tightened up and didn’t execute. (That’s a) bad loss.”

They’ll now head to New York to face the Knicks on Thursday night, hoping to have starting guard James Harden back in the lineup. He was out of Wednesday night’s game with his bruised foot.