Rockets fourth quarter enough to steal win in Memphis
The Rockets entered the fourth quarter down eight points, but were able to take the win against the Marc Gasol‘less Grizzlies. The Rockets put up 38 points in the fourth quarter, and it wasn’t the usual way. Dwight Howard didn’t see one minute and Jeremy Lin barely saw the court in the fourth quarter. The Rockets closed out the game with a lineup consisting of Beverley/Garcia/Parsons/Casspi/Asik, and have now won two straight without James Harden following their 93-86 win over the Grizzlies.
Even with their poor play through three quarter the Rockets were still able to come away with the win. The Grizzlies led by as much as 14 at one point, but they couldn’t score down the stretch. Kevin McHale rode his hot hand in the fourth and it proved to be the right move. The Grizzlies weren’t able to partake in the #HACKATHON with Omer Asik playing in the fourth quarter, and it was Asik’s defense and rebounding helped spark the Rockets run.
Though Francisco Garcia just had 6 points on 2-8 shooting, he led the team with a +14 while on the court. Both Asik and Casspi were +11 while on the court for the big fourth quarter comeback. Howard, Lin, and Jones were the only Rockets players that didn’t register a positive in the +/- category.
Chandler Parsons led the Rockets with 17 points, including 9 points in the fourth quarter. Omri Casspi was a big part of the fourth quarter run as well, and finished with 16 points (2 3′s). Howard finished with just 15 points, 7 boards, and 5 turnovers in a tough battle against Kosta Koufus.
The Rockets looked dazed in the first half without James Harden. The Rockets were just 11/32 (34%) in the first half including just 1/11 (9%) from three point range. 32 points and 11 turnovers in a half won’t win many basketball games but the Rockets were still able to put the game away with a strong fourth quarter.
The Rockets head home to face the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 P.M. and can be seen on CSN Houston.