NBA roundup: Houston Rockets 112 - Atlanta Hawks 106

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  • NBA roundup: Houston Rockets 112 - Atlanta Hawks 106

NBA roundup: Houston Rockets 112 - Atlanta Hawks 106

Houston Rockets registered their eighteenth victory of the season by defeating the hosts, Atlanta Hawks 112-106 on 15th January 2011, at Philips Arena, Atlanta.

Prominent players

Six Houston players scored points in double figures. Reserve point guard Aaron Brooks played one of his best games in Rockets uniform as he scored team-high 24 points and 10 assists. Luis Scola had a nice night with 20 points, 4 assists, and 5 rebounds for Houston, who snapped a two-game skid. Kyle Lowry and reserve forward-centre Jordan Hill scored 16 points apiece for the winning team. Houston coach Rick Adelman stated, "The last two years, we have been very resilient. As I told them after the game, it just shows that we have the potential to keep winning games, but we have to finish like we did tonight. Aaron had a huge game, a big basket when they cut it to five. I'm really proud of the way they played after the game last night."

Only three players from the dejected side scored in double figures. Joe Johnson led Atlanta with 30 points. In addition, he grabbed 7 assists and 4 rebounds. Al Horford scored 24 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for Atlanta, who lost their fifteenth game of the season. Josh Smith contributed 21 points and 12 boards in their defeat.

Game story

If anybody thought the Rockets were going to fall into a trap the night after blowing a 16-point fourth quarter lead at home in a 110-105 overtime loss to the Hornets, then those people were wrong. After arriving in Atlanta, they shot 54 per cent from the field and outrebounded a bigger Atlanta squad to snap the Hawks' five-game winning streak and 10-game home winning streak. Brooks said with a laugh, "Well, there were a couple of us off the bench that really didn't play too much in the last game. The guys who didn't play too much in the last game had a little bit of energy, so we kind of jump-started the starters."

With the support of 13,420 home basketball fans behind their back, Atlanta got off to a sizzling start leading 31-29 at the end of the first quarter. The first aspect about the second quarter is the pace. Houston and Atlanta began the second phase at a crisp pace, using 27 possessions apiece. Houston's Luis Scola scored 18 of his 20 in the first half. However, Atlanta held a 58-56 lead at intermission. The Hawks, who led 58-56 at halftime, fell to 23-3 when entering the third quarter with a lead. The victors outscored the Hawks by three points, 27-24 in the third quarter, taking 83-82 lead into the fourth.

Atlanta took a one point lead when Al Horford scored on the first possession of the fourth quarter. However, a Brooks’ 3-pointer about a minute later gave the victorious team the lead for good. Houston pushed the lead to 13 points by the middle of the fourth quarter. The winning team made their way to success without being bothered by the lately held 3-pointers by Johnson and Mike Bibby. Atlanta coach Larry Drew expressed, "We settled, we settled, we did not do the things that have been good to us. Driving and kicking, driving the ball to the basket. Tonight we settled for a lot of perimeter shots. Twenty-six 3’s that is too many for us. We are not going to win many games shooting twenty-six 3’s. We've got to pound the ball inside."

 

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