The Wizards came back by down as many as 19 in the second half but fell to the Rockets in Houston, 113-112. James Harden's layup with .7 seconds to go gave the Rockets the win. Free throw shooting and rebounding were the stories in this one, as the Rockets got to the line 47 times and outrebounded the Wizards 51-35. Trevor Ariza got the Wizards back into the game with the long ball, as he set a new Wizards' franchise record with 10 of them, including seven coming in the third quarter. He finished with 32 points, one off of his career-high. John Wall had an assist to turnover ratio of 14 to zero, and also had 19 points. Nene added 21 points and Beal 20. For the Rockets, James Harden led all scorers with 35 points, shooting 8/14 from the field and 16/16 from the free throw line. Dwight Howard and Chandler Parsons both had double-doubles, with Howard going for 24 points and 16 boards, and Parsons 18 and 12.

Key Moment

James Harden hit a pair of free throws to tie the game with 24 seconds to go. On the Wizards' possession, Wall got fouled by Parsons driving to the hoop and made both of them to give Washington a two point lead with four seconds to go. On the ensuing inbounds play, Trevor Ariza fouled Harden before the ball was thrown in, which gave Harden one free throw and the Rockets the ball back. Harden made the free throw and afterwards, did get the ball in to Harden who drove to the bucket and scored with .7 seconds to go. Kevin Seraphin's long jumper at the buzzer hit the rim and the Rockets escaped with the win.

Player of the Game

Trevor Ariza shot the ball impeccably well in this one, almost singlehandedly getting the Wizards back in the game. With the Wizards down by 19 in the third quarter, Ariza hit five threes in a 2:18 stretch to lead the Wizards on a 20-4 run. He hit 10 in the game for a new franchise record. He ended the game with 32 points, one off of his career-high and added 11 boards for good measure.

Key Number

31. The Rockets took 31 more free throws than the Wizards in this one, 47-16. They made 27 more.

Unsung Hero

On many other nights, Nene would've been the story for the Wizards. He finished with 21 points on a very efficient 75% shooting.

By: Jacob Raim

Field Goal %: 45.4%
3 Point %: 50.0%
Assists: 28
Rebounds: 35
Opponents Field Goal %: 53.1%

Points: Trevor Ariza - 32
Rebounds: Trevor Ariza - 11
Assists: John Wall - 14
Blocks: Marcin Gortat - 2
Steals: Wall and Ariza - 3