The Houston Rockets are inching closer to becoming .500 team, as they were able to overcome a Herculean effort by John Wall to defeat the lowly Washington Wizards 114-106 in the Verizon Center on Monday afternoon.
Kevin Martin put up 25 points and 8 assists to lead the way for the Rockets while the intriguing frontcourt duo of Luis Scola and Samuel Dalembert combined for 38 points. Kyle Lowry also had a fine all-around game with an impressive line of 16 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals.
While Lowry did have an impressive stat line, his defense for the phenom John Wall was less than impressive. Wall had a phenomenal game as his 38 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds virtually kept the Wizards in the game all afternoon by himself. However, the Rockets never wavered and even with the Wizards surge in the fourth quarter, Houston was able to put the game out of reach.
The Rockets are now 6-7 on the season and with upcoming home games over the Detroit Pistons and New Orleans Hornets, there's a good chance Houston could be a game over .500 as they prepare for their showdown with the rival San Antonio Spurs on Saturday.