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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