The Rockets started off the game a bit sluggish but turn it around after the first quarter. The Rockets had a 47-45 lead at the half but broke the game open in the 3rd quarter after a beautiful performance by the two Rockets superstars. Let’s take a look at the Rockets 109-92 win against the San Antonio Spurs.
James Harden was 2-10 after two quarters but picked up his game in the second half on his way to a game-high 22 points, 11 assists, and 3 steals. Dwight Howard was equally as lethal going for 16 points and 15 boards in just under 30 minutes. Chandler Parsons continues to quietly contribute for the Rockets and had 16 points, 2 boards, and 2 assists.
Coach McHale continues to experiment with different lineups and Patrick Beverley was given the start tonight. Beverley had just 6 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal in 28 minutes. Jeremy Lin was played with aggression in his 23 minutes and ended the night with 11 points, 4 boards, and 6 assists. The two point guards will likely share time throughout the season and also be given time together.
Omer Asik received his second start this preseason alongside Dwight Howard and the results tonight were better than the other night. The Rockets used several pick-and-roll combinations with the two centers and controlled the glass. There were still times when the offense suffered from a lack of spacing but the combination looked a lot better tonight. Asik finished the night with 1 point and 6 rebounds.
The Rockets mostly went with an 8-man rotation tonight with Francisco Garcia and Omri Casspi being the second and third men off the bench. Garcia had likely his “worst” game of the preseason with just 8 points (2-6 from 3) on 3-7 shooting from the field. Casspi fared better from the field shooting 6-11 (4-8 from 3) for 16 points. Both Casspi and Garcia have earned significant playing time this season.
With around 8 minutes left in the game the Rockets cleared the bench. Greg Smith (2), Donatas Motiejunas (7), and Aaron Brooks (3) combined for 12 points in their 8+ minutes each in the fourth quarter. Ronnie Brewer and Isaiah Canaan saw playing time with just 6 minutes left in the game. Canaan was 0-4 from the field and is likely headed to the D-League.
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The Rockets head to Memphis to play the Grizzlies tomorrow night at 7:00 PM. You can catch (maybe?) all the action on CSN Houston.