Rockets Take Care Of Business Against Charlotte, Win 94-78

SB Nation Houston's coverage of the Rockets-Bobcats game on March 16th, 2011

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Rockets Topple Bobcats, Take Possession Of 10th Place In West

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Kevin Martin finished with 21 points and Chuck Hayes grabbed 17 rebounds as the Rockets topped the Bobcats, 94-78, at the Toyota Center.

Hayes also dished out seven assists and added nine points for Houston, which has won two in a row and split the season series with Charlotte. Chase Budinger added 19 points while Patrick Patterson posted 12 points and 10 rebounds for the victors.

D.J. Augustin paced Charlotte with 22 points and Boris Diaw added 13 points as the Bobcats had a two-game winning streak snapped and lost for the seventh time in nine games.

The Rockets only shot 41 percent from the field in the contest but used a commanding 51-37 rebounding advantage to control the lead for the entire game.

The score remained close in the opening minutes of the first, but Houston took control in the closing moments, taking a 29-19 lead with 25.5 seconds left. Augustin capped the first quarter with a layup and three-point conversion, putting the Rockets’ advantage at 29-22 after one.

Houston held the Bobcats to only 17 points in the second quarter, but due to a subpar 40 percent performance from the field, the Rockets were only able to widen their lead to 49-39 entering the locker room.

Budinger supplied seven of Houston’s 19 third quarter points, extending its lead to 68-57 entering the final stanza. The Bobcats were able to trim their deficit to as low as six, 76-70, just over the mid point of the fourth quarter, but the Rockets ended the game on an 18-8 run to seal the victory.

Game Notes

Jordan Hill added 10 points and six boards in a reserve role for Houston…Charlotte shot 37.2 percent from the field…Hayes’ rebounds tied a season high…The Bobcats committed 15 turnovers that the Rockets turned into 16 points.

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Rockets Host Bobcats As Houston Tries To Crawl Back Into Playoff Picture

(Sports Network) - A pair of teams desperately trying to make a push toward the postseason meet in south Texas Wednesday when the Houston Rockets play host to the Charlotte Bobcats.

The Rockets are coming off a huge win over Phoenix on Monday when Kevin Martin scored a game-high 23 points and Chuck Hayes registered a career-high 21 points to go along with nine rebounds, as Houston held on for a 95-93 win over the Suns.

Kyle Lowry donated 18 points and six boards for the Rockets, who snapped a two-game losing streak and are now 8-3 over their last 11 games. The spurt has enabled Houston to climb back into the Western Conference playoff picture and the Rockets are now in the 11th spot but just three games behind Memphis for the final postseason berth with 14 games left in the regular season.

Chase Budinger and Jordan Hill had 15 and 12 points, respectively, against the Suns.

"It was just a win we had to have," said Houston head coach Rick Adelman. "Fortunately at the end, he (Jared Dudley) missed a good look at it. Our guys hung in there. We gotta get a win where we can get it."

The Bobcats, meanwhile, also won in their last encounter, a 95-90 triumph in Toronto. D.J. Augustin led all scorers with 23 points in that one.

Gerald Henderson ended with 18 points, while Stephen Jackson and Boris Diaw each chipped in with 15 for the Bobcats, who have won two in a row since a season-high six-game slide and are just one-half game behind Indiana for the final playoff berth in the East.

"Every game is important for us and we know that," Jackson said. "We're playing with a sense of urgency."

Charlotte, which halted a five-game road losing streak, shot 51.5 percent from the floor and 5-of-12 from three-point range.

The Bobcats have traditionally struggled in Space City, dropping five straight in Houston by an average over 16 points a game. In fact, Charlotte has won just once at Toyota Center, a 90-87 triumph back on Dec. 22, 2004 during the franchise's first NBA season.

For more Rockets news, check out The Dream Shake.

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