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Another game, another loss for the Toronto Raptors. Not only did they drop their fifth straight in Houston on Tuesday, but they were beaten handily by the previously-sub-.500 Rockets, who lit up the scoreboard for 117 points. The Rockets led for nearly the entire game, but they really blew it open in the first couple minutes of the third quarter when a 17-4 run made it a 22-point contest.
As discouraging a defeat as it may have been, a blowout does present certain advantages for a rebuilding club. Looking at this from the perspective of a Raptor fan, you’ve got to be encouraged by the play of number-eight pick Terrence Ross, who spent a career-high 35 minutes on the floor. Ross has been used consistently but sparingly in the early going — he’s appeared in most games, but his average stint lasts the equivalent of one quarter. With Tuesday’s game all but out of reach with so much time remaining, Ross was able to show us a little somethin’ somethin’. Namely, his ups.
With his 19-point showing, maybe Ross will hear Dwayne Casey call his name a little more frequently. If not, a career in Olympic long jumping could be in order. In all seriousness, that last dunk where he takes off from outside the dotted line… that’s about as far as you’ll ever see anyone take off from in an actual game. I happened to be tuning in when the dunk happened and it really caught me off guard. James Harden was only about a step behind Ross, making his decision to jump from long distance a pretty bold one. Had Harden given him a little shove or tripped him up or something the young fella really could’ve wrecked himself. Fortunately that didn’t happen.
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Houston Rockets center Omer Asik is in his third year after coming to the States from Turkey. It hasn’t taken long for him to recognize that ’tis the season for giving. Asik was kind enough to give to those less fortunate Tuesday night during as the Rockets played the Toronto Raptors. Asik went up for a rebound under his own basket and instead of actually securing it, he...
Rolled ankles are a pretty common occurrence in basketball. Toronto Raptors forward Amir Johnson suffered one last night. What isn’t that common is getting a still shot of the roll. The eight-year veteran tweeted a picture of the painful-looking incident that occurred in Wednesday night’s game against the Grizzlies. Despite the 100 degree angle (I used my handy dandy protractor...
Houston Rockets center Omer Asik accidentally scored on his own basket during Tuesday night's NBA game against the Toronto Raptors.
It happened with about 1:23 left as Raptors guard Kyle Lowry missed a 19-foot jumper off the rim. Asik went up for the rebound, but somehow tipped it straight up into the air and into the basket.
Interestingly enough, the ESPN play-by...
Tweet James Harden made his much anticipated return to his old stomping grounds tonight as a member of the Houston Rockets and brought with him a 25.1 ppg average, good for fifth in the NBA. When asked about his return Harden said it would be “just another game” and he may very well believe [...]
James Harden scored 24 points and matched a career high with 12 assists, Patrick Patterson added 22 points and the Houston Rockets beat the Toronto Raptors 117-101 on Tuesday night.
Omer Asik had 13 points and 18 rebounds for the Rockets, who have won four in a row.
Andrea Bargnani scored 21 points and Terrence Ross added a career-high 19 for the Raptors, who have lost five straight...
Following their 117-101 win over the Raptors, the Rockets hopped on a plane for Minneapolis where they will attend Sasha McHale’s funeral today in support of their head coach, Kevin McHale. But that’s not the only reason it will be a long, emotional day. The team will fly to Oklahoma City immediately following the funeral to take on the Thunder tonight in James Harden’s first...
I’m not which scoring-on-own-basket-trying-to-get-rebound hurts more to watch. Was it Rockets’ Omer Asik or Michigan’s Jordan Morgan?The best part is Morgan looking at his hand afterwards probably thinking “why did my hands deceive me?”Via Guyism
Seems despite playing overseas in Turkey and a couple of stops in the NBA, Omer Asik still hasn't learned which basket is the aim when scoring for his team.
In last night's Rockets-Raptors matchup, Asik tipped in the ball for Toronto in the second quarter but what is hilarious is how emphatic he was going headstrong for the rebound but only to fail miserably.
The Raptors are searching for depth at small forward with Landry Fields and Alan Anderson out.
Tomorrow marks exactly a month since the blockbuster trade that sent OKC’s James Harden, Cole Aldrich, Daequan Cook and Lazar Hayward to Houston in return for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb and picks. Now that the dust has settled, the Rockets will take on the Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena tomorrow night in the 1st matchup between the teams this season. So are the Thunder treating...
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Kevin Durant matched his season high with 37 points, and Oklahoma City beat the Houston Rockets 120-98 on Wednesday night in James Harden's first game back in Chesapeake Energy Arena since being traded by the Thunder before the season.
Harden scored 17 points, but was limited to 3-for-16 shooting. He had six shots blocked by the Thunder.
HELLO, OLD FRIEND
James Harden had a rough game against his old team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. He shot poorly, and the Thunder showed that they’re still the dominant team, even without their former sixth-man. Russell Westbrook didn’t make Harden’s night any better with this awesome block from behind on one of Harden’s jumpers: I’m sure James Harden didn’t even know Russell Westbrook...
OKLAHOMA CITY -- It was supposed to be a homecoming for James Harden. After being traded to the Houston Rockets right before the season started, he made his first appearance back in Oklahoma City on Wednesday night. However, Kevin Durant spoiled the party. With another all-around strong game of 37 points, seven rebounds and four assists, he led the Thunder to a 120-98 victory at...
Houston Rockets (7-7) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (11-4)
Oh, hey there, James. Did not even notice you are gone. Why are you wearing red? There is a game tonight.
Huh? You got traded. I thought you looked less beard-y coming off the bench.
Tonight, James Harden returns to Oklahoma City for the first time since the trade at the beginning of the season that...