Turnovers plague Rockets again in loss

Turnovers plague Rockets again in loss
December 30, 2012, 12:00 am
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Turnovers doom Rockets in loss to Thunder

One day after setting a new season high with 24 turnovers, the Rockets did it again. And again, the result was a loss.

"I told the guys, I said there's a flow in the game and you've got to recognize that flow sometimes," Kevin McHale said. "You've got to know when it's time to make the extra pass; when it's time to be extra careful with the ball. When teams are making runs, let's get to the line, let's do this, do that. We had none of that tonight."

This was amplified during the final four minutes of the first half, when the Thunder closed it out with a 16-0 run to expand their lead at the half to 68-50. During this stretch, the Rockets turned the ball over five times.

Chandler Parsons said it was just a case of guys trying to do too much.

"I think we've got to go back to making the easy play, being patient, just being solid," he said. "Run our offense. Get stops and get on a break, and not trying to make the spectacular play, but making the easy play."

Of course, the mistakes become that much more critical against teams like the Spurs and the Thunder. Oklahoma City turned those 24 turnovers into 32 points.

And they turned that into the Rockets' second consecutive loss.