Mar. 18, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Channing Frye (8) makes a pass against the Houston Rockets forward Luis Scola (4) during the second half at the US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Rockets 99-86. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE.

Rockets Vs. Suns Final: Rockets Lose 112-105

The Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns are in a race for their playoff livelihoods.

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Rockets vs. Suns Final Score: Lose 112-105

A small crowd at Toyota Center leaves disappointed as their Rockets turned in another off night. Different night, same story as the Rockets lose back-to-back home games, and lose the tie-breaker to the Jazz and now also the Phoenix Suns. The Rockets rallied late cutting a lead that ballooned to 13 at one point, down to just 5 with 1:30 left, but it was too little, too late. Courtney Lee had an open look at a 3-pointer to cut the lead to just 2 with under 1 minute to play, but missed it, and a Jared Dudley 3 on the other end put the game away.

The Rockets controlled the game throughout the first half thanks to the great play of Marcus Camby who had 10 points, 18 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks at the break. The game turned dramatically in the 3rd quarter though with the Suns outscoring the Rockets 30-14. The Suns beat the Rockets with great ball movement leading to wide-open shots; basic, Suns basketball. In particular Marcin Gortat was great inside with 16 points and 14 rebounds tonight through 3 quarters. The Suns needed that production because Steve Nash struggled to score through the first half and into most of the 3rd quarter. One play that summed up the game perfectly was towards the end of the 3rd quarter; Patrick Patterson lost his shoe on a change of possession, didn't get it back on very quickly, and the Suns hit a 3-pointer while playing 5 on 4 basketball.

Goran Dragic scored in double figures but was held back by foul trouble most of the game. Joining him in double-digits were Luis Scola, Marcus Camby, Kyle Lowry, and Chase Budinger. The most glaring stat for the Rockets tonight; 4 of 19 from behind the arc; they shot 4-20 from 3 vs. Utah on Wednesday.

The Rockets have Saturday off before a home-road, back-to-back against Denver, and a road game at Dallas on Wednesday; they must win 2 out of those 3 to make the playoffs in my opinion.

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Rockets vs. Suns Score Update: Trail 81-69

Suns started the 3rd on 14-6 run and it didn't get any better as they outscored the Rockets 30-14 in the quarter. The effort is starting to look similar to the Jazz game; too bad there's only 5 fans in attendance who care that the season is slipping away. What looked like a lock 3 days ago, the Rockets playoff chances are in serious trouble; a loss tonight would put them on the wrong side of the tiebreaker vs. the Suns and Jazz.

The Suns outplayed the Rockets during the 3rd quarter with classic Suns basketball; great ball movement leading to wide open shots. Gortat was a big part of that, he hit most of his shots and seemed to give more effort than every big on the court for the Rockets.

On the Rockets end, Dragic picked up his 4th foul during the quarter adding to his off night. So far Dragic is just 2 of 6, 0 for 3 on 3's. As a team, the Rockets have shot just 2-13 from 3, shot 4-20 in their last game.

Summing up the quarter perfectly was a play where Patterson lost his shoe, seemed to take his time to get it back on, and the Suns hit a 3-pointer while playing 5 on 4 basketball. 12 minutes left to save their season.

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Rockets vs. Suns Halftime Score: Rockets lead 55-51

Rockets lead the Suns in the battle for one of the final playoff spots by a score of 55-51 at halftime. Both offenses are playing well, both shooting over 45%, most misses have come from simply missed open looks. The Rockets offense performing well despite not hitting much from behind the arc. They didn't hit their 1st three-pointer till about the 4 minute mark in the 2nd quarter and only have 2 overall.

The story of the 1st half has to be the play of Marcus Camby. At the half, Camby is on pace for 20 points, 36 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 steals, and 6 blocks. At the half, Camby has 18 rebounds, the Suns as a team have 23 total. The Rockets started off the quarter playing Dragic and Lowry together but had to take out Dragic later on due to him picking up his 3rd foul on a questionable flop from Gortat. So far Dragic has outplayed his mentor Steve Nash, who was held scoreless during the 1st half. Luckily for the Rockets, Lowry looks to be back to pre-injury form. He's hit his shots, ran the offense well, and delivered a beautiful pass on a alley-oop to Budinger.

Much better effort from the team tonight, they seem to understand the urgency of this game.

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Rockets vs. Suns Score: Rockets lead 28-21 after 1st

Rockets take a 7 point lead into the 2nd quarter thanks to a good defensive effort, some missed shots on Suns open looks, and a great effort from Marcus Camby. The veteran center turned back the clock in the 1st quarter with a great effort. Through the 1st quarter Camby has 8 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks. On pace for 32 points, 44 rebounds, 16 assists, 8 steals, and 12 blocks.

Goran Dragic winning the match-up of student vs. the master against Steve Nash; at least on points. So far Dragic has 4 points to 0 from Nash; the Suns veteran did have 6 assists. Kyle Lowry also saw action but didn't check in until late in the quarter.

Despite the positives of their play, it's very disappointing to see the crowd on hand at the time of tip-off. The lower bowl at most, and I'm being generous, was maybe 40% full at the start of the game.

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