Jordan Hill started off the game well with 4 points and a block but picked up two quick fouls and had to sit on the bench. Samuel Dalembert filled in well after replacing Hill with 4 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 block in 7 minutes of action but looked to get winded pretty quickly. The key bigs led the way for both teams with Scola and Howard combining for 16 points. One other thing to watch was the Rockets opening up with zone on defense, it’ll be interesting to watch if that’s a trend this season. The Rockets trailed 27-23 at the end of the 1st quarter.