|Posted by Houston's Finest on December 5, 2012 at 4:00 PM|
The Los Angeles Lakers lost yet another close game due to Dwight Howard's late game free throw percentage. This season in the 4th quarter alone Howard has missed 42 Free Throws in the 4th quarter. Despite going 8-16 from the line last night and missing a lot of late game free throws in the Toyota Center Howard says the loss "was not his fault." He may have a point although Howard was not effective from the line, the Lakers did have bad turnovers at in opportune times. Kobe was being held by Delfino in the corner and dribbled the ball right off of his foot, in another play Metta World Peace threw the ball right past Jodie Meeks throwing the ball into the first row of the crowd. The Houston Rockets are leading the league in turnovers per game, but last night they won the turnover battle. Lakers had 18 turnovers to the Rockets 10 which is probably one of the main reason why they couldn't put the Rockets away.
2nd year player Greg Smith had a career night against the Lakers last night. Smith came off the bench and played 24 minutes and boxed 9 boards (4 offensive and 5 defensive) and scored 21 points. Including a critical AND 1 play which was the backbreaker in the Lakers late game really. The starting 5 for the Rockets did not come ready to play last night, and the bench led with Delfino, Douglas and Smith had to lead the Rockets to clutch basket after clutch basket. Bill Worrell on James Harden, "He has never been effective against the Lakers" had really scared me watching the game last night. Thankfully for Rockets fans Smith, Douglas and Delfino don't care about the name on the front of the jerseys or else the Rockets would have gotten blown out the gym. After defeating the Lakers last night Rockets extend their win streak to 6 games at home after a shaky start to the season the team finds themselves 9-8 (above .500). With Houston having to play in San Antonio on Friday night a win like this to build team chemistry and confidence going forward will surely help.
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