Another Lackadaisical Second Half Leads To Rockets Downfall

SBN Houston's coverage of the Rockets-Bobcats game on November 26th, 2010

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Rockets Stumble Down Stretch Again, Clawed By Bobcats 99-89

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) –  Boris Diaw scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Gerald Wallace also had a double-double with 21 points and 14 boards as the Charlotte Bobcats topped the Houston Rockets, 99-89, at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Stephen Jackson added 16 points and D.J. Augustin dished out 11 assists with five points for the Bobcats, who stopped a two-game skid.

Chase Budinger led Houston with 19 points and Kevin Martin added 16 as the Rockets lost for the fifth time in six games.

Luis Scola added 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Jordan Hill supplied 14 points in the loss.

The Rockets held a 26-22 lead after a back-and-forth first quarter.

Hill hit two from the line at 7:51 of the second quarter to put Houston up by 11 at 39-28. However, the Bobcats were able to trim the Rockets' advantage to 52-45 heading to the half.

Charlotte opened the third with a 15-2 run that stretched to the seven-minute mark. Houston cut the lead to as little as one, but Matt Carroll hit a jumper at 2:44 to put the Bobcats up 70-65.

Wallace scored 11 in the quarter, including two free throws with a minute left, to give Charlotte the 72-68 advantage heading into the fourth.

Jackson's three with 2:41 left put Charlotte up 93-82, and after Tyrus Thomas blocked a Budinger layup, the Bobcats added a fastbreak Wallace alley-oop dunk to extend the lead to 13 -- their largest of the game.

Houston never got closer than the final margin after that.

Game Notes

Charlotte shot 62 percent in the fourth quarter...Houston is still without Aaron Brooks and Yao Ming, who are out with ankle injuries... Nazr Mohammed finished with 13 points and 7 rebounds for Charlotte... Shaun Livingston added 10 points in the win.

Commiserate with fellow Texans fans at The Dream Shake.


Rockets Try For Two In A Row

(Sports Network) - The Houston Rockets have a good chance at staying in the win column when they pay a visit to the Charlotte Bobcats Friday night.

Houston has won eight of the last nine meetings with Charlotte and is coming off Wednesday's 111-101 victory versus Golden State at the Toyota Center. Kevin Martin scored 25 points and Luis Scola finished with 24 points and a game-best 12 rebounds for the Rockets, who ended a four-game losing streak.

"They're small and if we move the ball we had a chance," Houston head coach Rick Adelman said of the Warriors. "We felt we could attack them at the basket. That's all we worked on [Tuesday in practice], keeping the movement going."

Adelman's squad led by a 36-23 score after the first quarter and got a career- high 16 points from Chuck Hayes. Kyle Lowry scored 14 points and dished out a game-high 10 assists to post his second double-double in the last three games.

The Rockets are still playing without injured center Yao Ming and guard Aaron Brooks due to ankle ailments. They are just 2-6 away from home this season.

Charlotte has dropped two straight and three of four games, including Wednesday's 99-95 setback to the New York Knicks at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Tyrus Thomas led Charlotte with 26 points and 11 rebounds in his first start of the season, while Stephen Jackson added 18 points for the Bobcats, who lost both games of this recent home-and-home set with the Knicks. D.J. Augustin chipped in 14 points, eight boards and seven assists in a losing cause.

"Our effort in the fourth quarter has been so much better than over the course of a game," said Bobcats coach Larry Brown, whose squad outscored the Knicks, 24-18, in the fourth period. "We play like a bunch of strangers, no ball movement, too many guys standing around. When you have to fight uphill all the time, you have to play perfect."

The Bobcats fell to 2-5 at home this season and had 11 shots blocked in the recent loss. They also had a 47-38 edge on the glass.

For more on the Rockets check out The Dream Shake.

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