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Rockets fade into sunset with loss to Hornets


By Matt Miller, for NBA.com
Posted Wednesday April 14, 2010 11:57PM

HOUSTON (NBA.com exclusive) -- The Houston Rockets couldn't ask for much more than a winning season, considering they played 82 games without Yao Ming.

But when the big man from China officially returns from left foot surgery next season, their fans will ask for a much-improved defense.

With a winning season already in hand, the Rockets' defense appeared to be "gone fishing" Wednesday and allowed the New Orleans Hornets to torch the nets en route to a 123-115 victory before an announced sellout crowd of 18,191 at Toyota Center.

"We're very happy with the way we played and finished off the season," New Orleans coach Jeff Bower said. "I was pleased with our execution and our passing. David West had a great offensive game, and we scored a lot off his post-up positions."

The Hornets entered Wednesday riding a five-game road losing streak and losers of four straight in Houston, but their offense didn't struggle much. The Rockets had no answers for Darren Collison's penetration and crisp passing or David West's domination in the post, as they allowed New Orleans (37-45) to shoot 63.8 percent overall

In a highly efficient performance, West (game-high 35 points, team-high 10 rebounds) set the tone early by scoring 12 of New Orleans' first 21 points. Because the Rockets couldn't contain West, they often sent an extra man to collapse on West whenever he caught the ball in the post. This later led to six assists for the forward, including three beautiful bounce passes to guards cutting toward the basket.

"We finished the way we wanted to. We wanted to come out with a good effort, and we wanted to feel good about ourselves when we got on the bus to the airport," said West, who made 16 of his 20 shot attempts. "When you miss a guy like C.P. [Chris Paul] for 37 games, it's just too much to be able to make up."

West reclaimed the paint in the third quarter, scoring 12 points to lead the Hornets to a 95-90 lead entering the fourth. In that quarter, he added seven of New Orleans' first nine to push its advantage to 104-96 with 9:07 remaining.

Collison (26 points, game-high 11 assists), meanwhile, continued to set up his teammates with penetration. But he also stepped outside and drained a few daggers, including back-to-back jumpers from the top of the key in the fourth that gave the Hornets a 12-point lead it never relinquished.

"I just wanted to have fun out here and compete," Collison said. "At the end of the day, playoff or not, you still have to be professional about things. I thought today, we showed growth in that aspect.

Despite becoming the permanent starting point guard when Chris Paul officially announced that he would sit out the rest of the season, Collison is looking forward to Paul's return.

"We haven't been worrying about who's the point guard here. Obviously, this is Chris Paul's team. ... Whatever the team wants me to do, that's my role."

New Orleans' defense was also guilty of checking out early, as Houston shot 54 percent from the field. But the Hornets committed only 14 turnovers to keep the Rockets from finding a rhythm in transition. The Hornets also used ob-ball pressure around the perimeter to limit Houston's 3-point opportunities (6-of-19 overall).

New Orleans hopes for better health next season but still has a few questions to answer, which could fall into the lap of a new owner. With the club's majority owner George Shinn negotiating to sell his shares of the team to minority owner Gary Chouest, a man from Louisiana who owns a company that supports the offshore oil and gas industry, the Hornets' future remains cloudy.

"We will begin [evaluating] everything tomorrow, but we won't be in a rush to come to conclusions," Bower said. "There are a lot of things that you have to take a deep, deep look at and we won't be in a hurry to finish."

For Houston (42-40), Wednesday's defeat was a disappointing way to wrap up an otherwise surprisingly successful year. Despite playing every game without its best player and dealing with numerous other injuries, the Rockets finished with a winning record for the third consecutive season. Houston also went 7-3 after they were eliminated from playoff contention, showing other teams around the league it plans to contend for an NBA title when Yao returns.

"It's been an enjoyable season. We tried to stay in the playoff hunt as long as we could, but it looks like you had to win 50 to get there," Rockets coach Rick Adelman said. "They didn't give in to the fact that we didn't have Yao. Not having him there at both ends of the court was a huge challenge for everybody."

"With Yao out there, you can be a much more aggressive team defensively than we've had to be this year. We've had to kind of hold back this year just to keep teams from doing things to us."

All five of the Rocket' starters scored in double figures, including Trevor Ariza, who recorded his first career triple-double with team-highs of 26 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds. Kevin Martin chipped in 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting, while Kyle Lowry came off the bench to dish out seven assists.

But Houston's offensive success couldn't mask one of its poorest defensive efforts of the season. The inside-out combination of West and Collison continually wreaked havoc, making the Rockets' appear as if they were playing a meaningless pick-up game in a park.

"I thought we would come out with more energy than what we did tonight. It's just typical of what happens with this team is that we just have to come out with energy and aggressive, and we didn't do it," Adelman said. "They had two guys who were killing us. West just killed us. Collison killed us."

Hornets
Rockets
     
    • 63.7%

    • 54.0%

    • 60.0%

    • 31.6%

    • 75.0%

    • 60.0%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
NOH HOU
Total Rebounds 4 10
Offensive Rebounds 5 9
Turnovers 14 10
Fast Break Pts: 18 24
Biggest Lead: 15 5
Points in the Paint: 56 60
NOH HOU
p West   35 Ariza   26
rb West   10 Ariza   10
a Collison   11 Ariza   10
s 2 players   2 Lowry   3
b 2 players   1 2 players   2
 
  • 11/03 - NOH @ HOU
  • 01/14 - NOH @ HOU
  • 02/27 - HOU @ NOH
  • 04/06 - HOU @ NOH
New Orleans Hornets (37-45)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
M. Peterson G 24:00 5-7 3-3 0-0 +8 0 4 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 13
D. West F 43:20 16-20 0-0 3-3 +15 0 10 10 6 2 1 5 1 1 35
E. Okafor C 28:05 3-4 0-0 2-4 +4 3 6 9 2 3 1 3 0 0 8
M. Thornton G 31:57 8-12 2-3 2-3 +16 0 1 1 6 4 2 1 0 0 20
D. Collison G 46:18 11-17 2-4 2-2 +7 0 2 2 11 0 0 4 0 3 26
J. Wright   15:15 2-2 0-0 1-2 -6 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 5
A. Gray   07:55 2-3 0-0 0-0 +1 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 4
J. Posey   24:00 3-7 2-5 2-2 0 0 5 5 1 0 2 0 0 1 10
D. Songaila   19:10 1-8 0-0 0-0 -5 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2
S. Marks   00:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. Paul   00:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P. Stojakovic   00:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total   240 51-80 9-15 12-16   5 32 37 28 17 6 14 2 6 123
  63.7% 60.0% 75.0%   team rebs: 4 total to: 14
Houston Rockets (42-40)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
T. Ariza G 38:16 11-18 3-7 1-4 +2 2 8 10 10 0 0 3 2 0 26
L. Scola F-C 36:10 6-12 0-0 3-5 -7 1 4 5 4 4 0 0 0 1 15
C. Hayes C-F 38:02 6-6 0-0 2-2 0 0 3 3 1 3 2 0 2 0 14
K. Martin G 37:31 8-14 1-3 7-8 -4 0 4 4 2 2 2 2 0 0 24
A. Brooks G 28:17 5-10 2-3 0-0 -2 0 2 2 3 2 0 2 1 0 12
J. Jeffries   14:39 3-6 0-0 0-0 -5 2 0 2 1 2 0 1 1 0 6
K. Lowry   19:43 2-6 0-1 0-0 -6 1 1 2 7 3 3 0 0 0 4
C. Budinger   14:09 4-11 0-4 0-0 -11 2 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 1 8
J. Hill   07:09 1-2 0-0 1-4 -4 1 0 1 0 3 1 1 0 0 3
J. Taylor   06:04 1-2 0-1 1-2 -3 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
S. Battier   00:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Johnson   00:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total   240 47-87 6-19 15-25   9 23 32 31 19 8 10 6 2 115
  54.0% 31.6% 60.0%   team rebs: 10 total to: 10

inactive

  • Hornets: Diogu
  • Rockets: Andersen, Harris, Ming

technical fouls

  • Hornets: --
  • Rockets: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 16
  • Times Tied: 7

arena stats

  • Arena: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
  • Officials: #15 Bennett Salvatore, #46 Matt Boland, #75 Eric Dalen
  • Attendance: 18191
  • Duration: 2:4
New Orleans Hornets (37-45) Houston Rockets (42-40)
Start of 1st Quarter
(12:00) Jump Ball Scola vs Okafor (Collison gains possession)
West Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  11:46
[NOH 2-0]
 
  11:27 Ariza Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Okafor (1 ST) 
West Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Thornton (1 AST)  11:19
[NOH 4-0]
 
  11:09 Martin 3pt Shot: Missed 
West Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  11:06  
Thornton Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Collison (1 AST)  11:04
[NOH 6-0]
 
  10:38 Ariza Jump Shot: Missed 
Okafor Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  10:37  
  10:25 Hayes Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Okafor Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  10:25
[NOH 7-0]
 
Okafor Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  10:25  
  10:25 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  10:08 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
Okafor Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  10:07  
  09:56 Scola Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
West Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Thornton (2 AST)  09:52
[NOH 9-0]
 
  09:36 Scola Jump Shot: Missed 
  09:35 Team Rebound 
  09:35 Team Timeout : Short 
  09:31
[HOU 2-9]
Martin Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Ariza (1 AST) 
West Driving Jump shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Collison (2 AST)  09:12
[NOH 11-2]
 
  09:02
[HOU 5-11]
Ariza 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Brooks (1 AST) 
Thornton 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: West (1 AST)  08:42
[NOH 14-5]
 
  08:26
[HOU 7-14]
Scola Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Brooks (2 AST) 
Peterson 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: West (2 AST)  08:12
[NOH 17-7]
 
Thornton Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  08:00  
  08:00
[HOU 8-17]
Martin Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  08:00
[HOU 9-17]
Martin Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
West Fade Away Jumper Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Collison (3 AST)  07:46
[NOH 19-9]
 
  07:26
[HOU 11-19]
Hayes Reverse Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Ariza (2 AST) 
Peterson Jump Shot: Missed  07:05  
  07:04 Hayes Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  06:54
[HOU 13-19]
Scola Turnaround Hook Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Okafor Turnover : Traveling (1 TO)  06:33  
Okafor Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  06:19  
  06:19
[HOU 14-19]
Hayes Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  06:19
[HOU 15-19]
Hayes Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
West Step Back Jump shot: Made (12 PTS)  05:56
[NOH 21-15]
 
Thornton Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  05:45  
  05:45 Team Timeout : Regular 
Thornton Substitution replaced by Wright  05:45  
  05:45
[HOU 16-21]
Martin Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
  05:45
[HOU 17-21]
Martin Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS) 
Okafor Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (3 PTS)  05:28
[NOH 23-17]
 
  05:03
[HOU 20-23]
Ariza 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
West Layup Shot: Missed Block: Hayes (1 BLK)  04:49  
  04:47 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  04:43 Martin Layup Shot: Missed 
  04:42 Ariza Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  04:42
[HOU 22-23]
Ariza Tip Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
Okafor Jump Shot: Missed  04:23  
  04:22 Brooks Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  04:10 Ariza Jump Shot: Missed 
Peterson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  04:08  
  04:00 Brooks Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Collison Driving Layup Shot: Missed Block: Hayes (2 BLK)  03:48  
  03:47 Brooks Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
Peterson Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  03:43  
  03:43
[HOU 23-23]
Martin Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS) 
  03:43
[HOU 24-23]
Martin Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS) 
Okafor Dunk Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Collison (4 AST)  03:27
[NOH 25-24]
 
  03:09 Scola Jump Shot: Missed 
West Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  03:07  
Okafor Turnaround Hook Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Collison (5 AST)  02:59
[NOH 27-24]
 
  02:43
[HOU 26-27]
Hayes Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Scola (1 AST) 
Wright Reverse Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: West (3 AST)  02:29
[NOH 29-26]
 
  02:19 Brooks Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
West Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  02:17  
Peterson Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Collison (6 AST)  02:13
[NOH 31-26]
 
  01:56
[HOU 28-31]
Martin Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Ariza (3 AST) 
West Foul : Offensive (1 PF)  01:42  
West Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  01:42  
Team Timeout : Regular  01:42  
  01:42 Scola Substitution replaced by Jeffries 
  01:42 Brooks Substitution replaced by Lowry 
  01:32
[HOU 30-31]
Martin Jump Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Jeffries (1 AST) 
Peterson Running Jump Shot: Missed  01:13  
  01:11 Hayes Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  00:59.5
[HOU 32-31]
Jeffries Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Lowry (1 AST) 
Collison Jump Shot: Missed  00:41.9  
  00:40.9 Martin Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Okafor Foul : Personal (2 PF)  00:36.5  
  00:36.5 Ariza Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  00:36.5 Team Rebound 
  00:36.5 Ariza Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Peterson Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  00:36.5  
Collison 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS)  00:26.4
[NOH 34-32]
 
  00:04.9
[HOU 34-34]
Hayes Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Lowry (2 AST) 
End of 1st Quarter
New Orleans Hornets (37-45) Houston Rockets (42-40)
Start of 2nd QuarterBack to Top
  11:51 Hill Foul : Offensive (1 PF) 
  11:51 Hill Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
West Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Martin (1 ST)  11:36  
Gray Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  11:31  
  11:31 Hill Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  11:31 Team Rebound 
  11:31 Hill Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Posey Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  11:31  
West Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:Lowry (1 ST)  11:08  
Gray Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  11:03  
  11:03
[HOU 35-34]
Hill Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  11:03 Martin Substitution replaced by Taylor 
  11:03 Hill Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Posey Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  11:03  
West Hook Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Posey (1 AST)  10:42
[NOH 36-35]
 
  10:24 Hill Jump Shot: Missed 
  10:24 Team Rebound 
Thornton Foul : Personal (3 PF)  10:18  
Thornton Substitution replaced by Collison  10:18  
  10:02
[HOU 37-36]
Hill Slam Dunk Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Budinger (1 AST) 
Gray Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  09:43
[NOH 38-37]
 
  09:32 Budinger 3pt Shot: Missed 
Posey Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  09:31  
Gray Layup Shot: Missed Block: Jeffries (1 BLK)  09:23  
  09:21 Lowry Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:16 Jeffries Layup Shot: Missed 
Collison Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:13  
West Layup Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Wright (1 AST)  09:09
[NOH 40-37]
 
  08:41
[HOU 39-40]
Lowry Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Collison Pullup Jump shot: Made (5 PTS)  08:35
[NOH 42-39]
 
  08:17
[HOU 41-42]
Jeffries Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Taylor (1 AST) 
West Jump Shot: Missed  08:02  
Gray Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  08:00  
Gray Putback Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  07:58
[NOH 44-41]
 
  07:41 Budinger Jump Shot: Missed 
Wright Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  07:39  
Posey Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  07:23
[NOH 46-41]
 
Team Violation : Delay Of Game  07:20  
  07:10 Jeffries Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:West (1 ST) 
  07:10 Lowry Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Timeout : Regular  07:10  
West Substitution replaced by Songaila  07:10  
Songaila Jump Shot: Missed  06:48  
Wright Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  06:46  
Wright Tip Shot: Made (4 PTS)  06:46
[NOH 48-41]
 
  06:27
[HOU 43-48]
Taylor Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
  06:20 Hill Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
Collison Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Hill (1 ST)  06:10  
Wright Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  06:05  
  06:05
[HOU 44-48]
Taylor Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  06:05 Jeffries Substitution replaced by Scola 
  06:05 Taylor Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Gray Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  06:05  
Songaila Jump Shot: Missed  05:51  
  05:50 Taylor Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  05:37 Taylor 3pt Shot: Missed 
  05:36 Budinger Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  05:30 Budinger 3pt Shot: Missed 
  05:29 Hill Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  05:18
[HOU 46-48]
Scola Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Lowry (3 AST) 
  04:59 Lowry Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
  04:59 Team Timeout : Regular 
  04:59 Budinger Substitution replaced by Martin 
  04:59 Taylor Substitution replaced by Ariza 
  04:51 Hill Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
Posey Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  04:51
[NOH 49-46]
 
  04:51 Hill Substitution replaced by Hayes 
Posey Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  04:51
[NOH 50-46]
 
  04:34
[HOU 48-50]
Hayes Reverse Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Ariza (4 AST) 
Songaila Jump Shot: Missed  04:22  
  04:21 Martin Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
Songaila Foul : Personal (1 PF)  04:05  
  04:05 Lowry Substitution replaced by Brooks 
Gray Substitution replaced by Okafor  04:05  
  04:05 Scola Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  04:05 Team Rebound 
  04:05
[HOU 49-50]
Scola Free Throw 2 of 2 (7 PTS) 
Posey 3pt Shot: Missed  03:51  
  03:50 Scola Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  03:42 Martin Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Posey (1 ST) 
Posey Layup Shot: Missed Block: Brooks (1 BLK)  03:39  
  03:36 Scola Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  03:31 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
Songaila Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  03:29  
Collison Jump Shot: Missed  03:25  
  03:23 Ariza Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  03:17
[HOU 51-50]
Martin Jump Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Ariza (5 AST) 
  03:02 Martin Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Wright Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  03:02  
Team Rebound  03:02  
Wright Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS)  03:02
[NOH 51-51]
 
  02:47
[HOU 53-51]
Brooks Pullup Bank shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Songaila Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  02:30  
Team Timeout : Regular  02:30  
Wright Substitution replaced by West  02:30  
  02:15 Brooks 3pt Shot: Missed 
Collison Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  02:14  
Collison Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO)  02:11  
  01:54
[HOU 56-51]
Brooks 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) 
Collison Driving Jump shot: Made (10 PTS)  01:33
[NOH 53-56]
 
  01:26
[HOU 58-53]
Ariza Alley Oop Layup shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Brooks (3 AST) 
Songaila Layup Shot: Missed  01:15  
  01:13 Team Rebound 
  00:57.9 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:56.3 Team Rebound 
  00:47.9 Brooks Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Missed 
West Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  00:46.4  
West Fade Away Jumper Shot: Missed  00:32.8  
Okafor Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  00:30.5  
Collison 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Okafor (1 AST)  00:28.2
[NOH 56-58]
 
  00:17.0 Scola Jump Shot: Missed 
  00:17.0 Ariza Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  00:17.0
[HOU 60-56]
Ariza Tip Shot: Made (12 PTS) 
  00:02.9 Hayes Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
Okafor Free Throw 1 of 2 (8 PTS)  00:02.9
[NOH 57-60]
 
Okafor Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  00:02.9  
  00:02.9 Ariza Rebound (Off:2 Def:4) 
End of 2nd Quarter
New Orleans Hornets (37-45) Houston Rockets (42-40)
Start of 3rd QuarterBack to Top
  11:47 Brooks Running Jump Shot: Missed 
Okafor Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  11:45  
Okafor Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Martin (2 ST)  11:41  
  11:36 Martin 3pt Shot: Missed 
West Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  11:36  
  11:27 Scola Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
Thornton 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Peterson (1 AST)  11:16
[NOH 60-60]
 
  11:00 Scola Jump Shot: Missed 
Peterson Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  10:59  
West Reverse Layup Shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: Collison (7 AST)  10:52
[NOH 62-60]
 
  10:32
[HOU 62-62]
Martin Jump Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Ariza (6 AST) 
West Jump Shot: Made (20 PTS) Assist: Collison (8 AST)  10:21
[NOH 64-62]
 
  10:00 Ariza Pullup Jump shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  09:58  
Thornton 3pt Shot: Missed  09:37  
  09:37 Team Rebound 
Okafor Foul : Loose Ball (3 PF)  09:37  
  09:21
[HOU 64-64]
Ariza Running Jump Shot: Made (14 PTS) 
Peterson Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  09:21  
  09:21 Ariza Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed 
Okafor Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  09:21  
West Step Back Jump shot: Made (22 PTS)  09:08
[NOH 66-64]
 
  08:47
[HOU 66-66]
Scola Jump Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Ariza (7 AST) 
Peterson Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  08:47  
  08:47
[HOU 67-66]
Scola Free Throw 1 of 1 (10 PTS) 
Peterson Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS)  08:25
[NOH 68-67]
 
  08:06
[HOU 69-68]
Martin Jump Shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: Ariza (8 AST) 
Collison Jump Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Thornton (3 AST)  07:47
[NOH 70-69]
 
  07:33
[HOU 72-70]
Brooks 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Scola (2 AST) 
Peterson 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Okafor (2 AST)  07:01
[NOH 73-72]
 
  06:52 Brooks Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
Collison 3pt Shot: Missed Block: Ariza (1 BLK)  06:36  
Okafor Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  06:34  
Collison Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Thornton (4 AST)  06:30
[NOH 75-72]
 
  06:30 Hayes Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
Collison Free Throw 1 of 1 (15 PTS)  06:30
[NOH 76-72]
 
  06:12
[HOU 74-76]
Ariza Jump Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Hayes (1 AST) 
West Fade Away Jumper Shot: Made (24 PTS)  05:47
[NOH 78-74]
 
  05:32 Martin Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Peterson Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  05:30  
  05:27 Scola Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
  05:27 Team Timeout : Regular 
Thornton Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  05:27  
Team Rebound  05:27  
Thornton Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS)  05:27
[NOH 79-74]
 
  05:12
[HOU 76-79]
Hayes Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Martin (1 AST) 
West Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) Steal:Hayes (1 ST)  04:52  
  04:48 Brooks Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
  04:47 Scola Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  04:47
[HOU 78-79]
Scola Tip Shot: Made (12 PTS) 
West Fade Away Jumper Shot: Made (26 PTS) Assist: Collison (9 AST)  04:30
[NOH 81-78]
 
  04:09 Scola Jump Shot: Missed 
Okafor Rebound (Off:2 Def:5)  04:07  
Peterson 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Collison (10 AST)  04:01
[NOH 84-78]
 
  03:36
[HOU 80-84]
Brooks Running Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Ariza (9 AST) 
Collison Running Jump Shot: Made (17 PTS)  03:21
[NOH 86-80]
 
  03:21 Brooks Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
  03:21 Scola Substitution replaced by Jeffries 
Collison Free Throw 1 of 1 (18 PTS)  03:21
[NOH 87-80]
 
  03:09
[HOU 83-87]
Ariza 3pt Shot: Made (19 PTS) Assist: Martin (2 AST) 
Thornton Jump Shot: Missed  02:47  
  02:46 Ariza Rebound (Off:2 Def:5) 
Team Timeout : Regular  02:45  
  02:45 Brooks Substitution replaced by Lowry 
  02:34 Martin Jump Shot: Missed 
  02:33 Jeffries Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  02:33
[HOU 85-87]
Jeffries Tip Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Collison Jump Shot: Made (20 PTS) Assist: West (4 AST)  02:06
[NOH 89-85]
 
  01:47 Martin Turnover : Traveling (2 TO) 
  01:47 Martin Substitution replaced by Budinger 
Thornton Pullup Jump shot: Missed  01:35  
Okafor Rebound (Off:3 Def:5)  01:33  
Okafor Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:Lowry (2 ST)  01:31  
  01:30
[HOU 87-89]
Ariza Driving Layup Shot: Made (21 PTS) Assist: Lowry (4 AST) 
West Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  01:30  
  01:30
[HOU 88-89]
Ariza Free Throw 1 of 1 (22 PTS) 
  01:15 Lowry Foul : Personal (3 PF) 
West Free Throw 1 of 2 (27 PTS)  01:15
[NOH 90-88]
 
West Free Throw 2 of 2 (28 PTS)  01:15
[NOH 91-88]
 
  01:01 Jeffries Jump Shot: Missed 
Okafor Rebound (Off:3 Def:6)  00:59.9  
Thornton Pullup Jump shot: Made (11 PTS)  00:54.7
[NOH 93-88]
 
  00:47.5
[HOU 90-93]
Budinger Reverse Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Lowry (5 AST) 
Thornton Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  00:32.0  
  00:25.9 Budinger 3pt Shot: Missed 
Thornton Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  00:24.9  
Collison Driving Layup Shot: Made (22 PTS)  00:04.8
[NOH 95-90]
 
  00:00.0 Lowry 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 3rd Quarter
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West Jump Shot: Made (30 PTS)  11:40
[NOH 97-90]
 
  11:15 Jeffries Layup Shot: Missed 
West Rebound (Off:0 Def:6)  11:13  
  11:08 Hayes Substitution replaced by Scola 
Thornton Reverse Layup Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: West (5 AST)  10:59
[NOH 99-90]
 
  10:45 Lowry Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
West Rebound (Off:0 Def:7)  10:44  
Songaila Driving Layup Shot: Missed  10:38  
  10:36 Ariza Rebound (Off:2 Def:6) 
  10:31
[HOU 92-99]
Budinger Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Lowry (6 AST) 
West Layup Shot: Made (32 PTS)  10:06
[NOH 101-92]
 
  09:50
[HOU 94-101]
Budinger Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Ariza (10 AST) 
Posey 3pt Shot: Missed  09:32  
  09:31 Ariza Rebound (Off:2 Def:7) 
  09:27
[HOU 96-101]
Budinger Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Lowry (7 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  09:22  
  09:22 Ariza Substitution replaced by Martin 
West Jump Shot: Made (34 PTS) Assist: Thornton (5 AST)  09:07
[NOH 103-96]
 
  09:07 Jeffries Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
West Free Throw 1 of 1 (35 PTS)  09:07
[NOH 104-96]
 
  08:49 Lowry Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
  08:48 Lowry Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  08:37 Budinger 3pt Shot: Missed 
  08:36 Jeffries Rebound (Off:2 Def:0) 
  08:25 Budinger Layup Shot: Missed Block: West (1 BLK) 
  08:21 Budinger Rebound (Off:2 Def:0) 
  08:20 Budinger Layup Shot: Missed 
West Rebound (Off:0 Def:8)  08:19  
Thornton Driving Layup Shot: Made (15 PTS)  08:19
[NOH 106-96]
 
  08:19 Jeffries Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
  08:19 Jeffries Substitution replaced by Hayes 
Thornton Free Throw 1 of 1 (16 PTS)  08:19
[NOH 107-96]
 
  08:09 Budinger Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Thornton (1 ST) 
  08:09 Martin Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
Posey 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Thornton (6 AST)  07:56
[NOH 110-96]
 
  07:38
[HOU 99-110]
Martin 3pt Shot: Made (21 PTS) Assist: Budinger (2 AST) 
  07:20 Scola Foul : Personal (4 PF) 
Songaila Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  07:10
[NOH 112-99]
 
  06:49 Martin Jump Shot: Missed 
Posey Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  06:47  
Collison Turnover : Traveling (3 TO)  06:39  
  06:39 Budinger Substitution replaced by Ariza 
Thornton Foul : Shooting (4 PF)  06:31  
  06:31
[HOU 100-112]
Martin Free Throw 1 of 2 (22 PTS) 
  06:31 Martin Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
West Rebound (Off:0 Def:9)  06:31  
West Turnover : Lost Ball (5 TO) Steal:Hayes (2 ST)  06:14  
  06:11
[HOU 102-112]
Lowry Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Thornton Layup Shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: West (6 AST)  05:53
[NOH 114-102]
 
  05:36
[HOU 104-114]
Hayes Driving Slam Dunk Shot: Made (14 PTS) 
Collison Step Back Jump shot: Made (24 PTS)  05:13
[NOH 116-104]
 
  04:56 Lowry Jump Shot: Missed 
West Rebound (Off:0 Def:10)  04:55  
Collison Turnover : Lost Ball (4 TO) Steal:Lowry (3 ST)  04:44  
  04:39 Timeout : Regular 
  04:39 Lowry Substitution replaced by Brooks 
  04:30
[HOU 106-116]
Ariza Layup Shot: Made (24 PTS) Assist: Scola (3 AST) 
West Step Back Jump shot: Missed  04:09  
  04:07 Scola Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  03:54 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
Songaila Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  03:53  
Collison Jump Shot: Made (26 PTS)  03:42
[NOH 118-106]
 
  03:39 Brooks Turnover : Traveling (2 TO) 
Posey 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Collison (11 AST)  03:28
[NOH 121-106]
 
  03:11
[HOU 108-121]
Scola Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (14 PTS) 
Songaila Jump Shot: Missed  02:48  
  02:47 Ariza Rebound (Off:2 Def:8) 
Songaila Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  02:39  
  02:39 Team Timeout : Regular 
  02:39
[HOU 109-121]
Scola Free Throw 1 of 2 (15 PTS) 
  02:39 Scola Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Posey Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  02:38  
Thornton Running Layup Shot: Missed  02:20  
Team Rebound  02:19  
Collison Layup Shot: Missed Block: Ariza (2 BLK)  02:08  
  02:06 Scola Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  02:04
[HOU 111-121]
Ariza Driving Dunk Shot: Made (26 PTS) Assist: Scola (4 AST) 
Posey 3pt Shot: Missed  01:42  
  01:41 Hayes Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  01:35 Scola Layup Shot: Missed Block: Songaila (1 BLK) 
  01:34 Team Rebound 
  01:32 Ariza Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Thornton (2 ST) 
Thornton Driving Slam Dunk Shot: Made (20 PTS)  01:29
[NOH 123-111]
 
  01:14 Ariza Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Posey (2 ST) 
Songaila Jump Shot: Missed  00:57.9  
  00:56.9 Martin Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  00:36.8
[HOU 113-123]
Brooks Running Bank shot: Made (12 PTS) 
Collison 3pt Shot: Missed  00:17.9  
  00:16.9 Martin Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  00:12.9
[HOU 115-123]
Martin Driving Layup Shot: Made (24 PTS) 
End of 4th Quarter
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standings
w
l
l10
h
a
NOH
5th Southwest
37
45
3-7
24-17
13-28
HOU
3rd Southwest
42
40
6-4
23-18
19-22
 
ppg
rpg
apg
bpg
spg
NOH
West 18.8
Okafor 9.0
Paul 10.7
Okafor 1.6
Paul 2.1
HOU
Brooks 19.7
Scola 8.6
Brooks 5.3
Battier 1.1
Ariza 1.8

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