Notebook: Rockets 100, Hornets 82



Posted Jan 26, 2013 1:34 AM

By Bradley Handwerger, For NBA.com

THE FACTS: The Houston Rockets held the New Orleans Hornets to just 38 percent shooting and won for only the second time in 10 games, winning 100-82 on the road Friday night.

James Harden scored a game-high 30 points and had eight assists while Patrick Patterson pitched in 18 points and 13 rebounds to pace the Rockets (23-22). When these two teams last played in New Orleans, the Hornets (14-29) came back from a 10-point deficit to win by nine. That didn't happen this time.

The Rockets outrebounded New Orleans by 10 and forced 17 Hornets turnovers, which they turned into 18 points. It helped that Houston fired open 3-pointers at will, hitting on 11 of them. Eric Gordon led the Hornets with 20 points while Ryan Anderson had 19. Anderson, the NBA's leader for 3-pointers entering the game, went 0-for-5 from beyond the arc. New Orleans closed an eight-point halftime deficit to four but then allowed Houston to run away. The Hornets were never back within 10 points after Patterson's tip-in with 8:37 to play in the third quarter.

QUOTABLE: "When you mess with the game, it has a way of messing with you and that's where we are right now. We saw that tonight -- giving up points in transition, not being able to guard the ball, breakdowns -- and that's on me. I've got to get the team ready to play."

--Hornets coach Monty Williams

THE STAT: 3 -- That's the number of 3-pointer the Hornets made, or eight fewer than the Rockets. New Orleans entered Friday's game shooting 37 percent from 3-point range, seventh-best in the NBA. But it made only 15 percent of its long-range shots against Houston.

TURNING POINT: New Orleans had cut Houston's lead to 48-44 less than two minutes into the third quarter when Kevin McHale, the Rockets' coach, called timeout. The resulting 16-2 run all but put the game away. It was just two Rockets who made it happen. Harden scored 10 points while Patterson had six as the Hornets had no answer, going 1-for-4 from the floor with four turnovers. Less than four minutes after McHale's timeout, the Rockets' lead was up to 18 points.

QUOTABLE II: "We had one possession where we tried to set the record for dribbles in a 24-second period, and we might have tied it. We had another possession where no one passed it. That was not a good start."

--Houston coach Kevin McHale on calling a timeout less than two minutes into the third quarter after a 4-0 Hornets start

HOT: Patterson went 8-for-11 from the floor and grabbed 13 rebounds, tying a career-high in that category. Friday night kept going his on again, off again trend that has developed over the past five games. Two nights earlier, he was just 2-for-8 and two nights before that, he was 5-for-8. Against the Hornets, his energy and presence helped beef up the Rockets' attack around the rim.

NOTABLE: The Hornets fell to 1-18 when allowing an opponent to score 100 or more points. ... The Rockets held New Orleans to the Hornets' season-low for defensive rebounds with 22. ... Houston's Jeremy Lin had six steals, the most for a New Orleans opponent this season. ... Houston won the season series against New Orleans 3-1.

UP NEXT: For the Hornets, Sunday @ Memphis, Tuesday @ Lakers, Wednesday @ Utah. For the Rockets, Saturday vs. Brooklyn, Monday @ Utah, Wednesday @ Denver.