Houston 121, Memphis 96

Boxscore | Recap
Saturday, December 22, 2012 8:00 PM
Location - Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Officials - #6 Tony Brown, #77 Karl Lane, #9 Derrick Stafford
Attendance - 18029

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Memphis 32 22 24 18 96
Houston 33 31 30 27 121

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Memphis 18-7 12-2 6-5 L1
Houston 14-12 11-5 3-7 W3

Recap


Rockets 121, Grizzlies 96: James Harden scored 31 points over the first three quarters before sitting out the fourth as host Houston ended Memphis' four-game winning streak.

Harden added eight assists, Marcus Morris scored 16 points and Jeremy Lin registered 15 and 11 assists for the Rockets, who had seven players score in double figures en route to their 13th straight home victory over the Grizzlies. Houston was 12-of-28 from 3-point range and outscored Memphis 33-3 in fast-break points.

Mike Conley scored 16 points, Quincy Pondexter added 14 and Zach Randolph notched his league-leading 21st double-double with 10 and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who allowed 100 points for just the second time and first since the season opener against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Harden poured in 11 points in the first as Houston ended the quarter with a 33-32 edge. He hit a pair of 3-pointers in the second and contributed 13 points in the third as the Rockets entered the final period with a 94-78 advantage.

Houston began the fourth with a 12-2 run that opened a 106-80 lead. Morris scored six points during the burst after recording 10 over the first three quarters.

GAME NOTEBOOK: A jump shot by Daequan Cook with 24.4 seconds remaining gave Houston its biggest lead at 121-94. ... The Rockets scored 64 points in the first half, marking the 10th time this season they have scored at least 60 in a half. ... Memphis F Rudy Gay finished with six points after scoring a team-high 26 in a victory over Dallas on Friday. ... Since 2008, Houston is 28-4 at home in December.

Top Game Performances

Memphis   Houston
Mike Conley 16 Scoring James Harden 31
Mike Conley 6 Assists Jeremy Lin 11
Zach Randolph 10 Rebounds Omer Asik 12
Marc Gasol 3 Free Throws Made James Harden 10
Mike Conley 3 Steals James Harden 3
Tony Allen 1 Blocks Marcus Morris 2

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Memphis 96 53.2 2-13 10-14 23 37 5 7 19
Houston 121 53.7 12-28 21-26 32 38 5 11 16

Upcoming Games

  • Houston will play their next game on the road against Chicago. The Rockets have a W/L % of .571 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Memphis will play their next game at home against Philadelphia. The Grizzlies have a W/L % of .778 after a win and .571 after a loss.