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Postgame Notes And Quotes: Houston Stays Hot

02/08/13
  1. Written by: sarahhecht

    February 8, 2013   Final Score: Houston 118, Portland 103

    POSTGAME QUOTES
     
    COACH TERRY STOTTS

    On the game
    “Well Houston is shooting the ball well these days. They shot well against us. Obviously the first half, the three point ball was going. They were shooting the ball well inside, outside, and midrange. And were getting to the rim and we didn’t have any answers for them defensively. We probably could have contested (shots) a little better. (Jeremy) Lin is an effective driver and also (James) Harden and the same thing with (Chandler) Parsons. When they’re standing outside you don’t know whether they are going to drive or shoot. When they spread the court like they do and penetrate and find their shooters, they are very hard to guard.”
     
    On James Harden
    “When he is making his three’s, he had a very efficient night. That is as efficient a night as you will see. He had 20 points on eight shots at the half. He doesn’t miss a shot in the first half, doesn’t miss a free throw, and he was efficient with his passes. He had a fantastic night.”
     
    DAMIAN LILLARD
    On the Rockets
    “Houston does a good job of spacing and spreading the floor. James Harden is one of the best playmakers in the league. He can really get to the rim and score. As good a job as Houston does spacing, he’s a great player to have on their team. They make shots and when you over help and they suck you in, they make you pay. They did it to the Warriors and tonight they got a bunch of good looks also. I only defended him (Harden) two or three times and it was tough for anybody who has to defend him. He is so strong and his quickness, his first step is so tough and he can shoot the ball and get to the rim and dunk it. Anytime somebody has a complete game like him, its always tough”
     
    LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE
    On the game
    “The first two games they didn’t make as many three’s as they made tonight. They had a really good rhythm into this game and they had been shooting the ball well and shot it again tonight really well.”
     
    On his game
    “My shot felt pretty good. We ran pick-and-rolls to get me open and my shot felt good tonight and I was making shots.”
     
    On making the All Star
    “It’s my second one and I’m excited about it. It’s a big honor and I look forward to coming back home to Texas and having fun with my whole family here.”
     
    NICOLAS BATUM
    On playing with a new cast
    “I was playing good with the cast because I really couldn’t shoot the ball the last two weeks. I tried a new thing (the cast) yesterday and I think that it really worked out. My hand felt better, I felt more comfortable in the second half and my shot felt good. I started to get going and I didn’t feel any pain so I kept shooting it.”
     
    On the game
    “We’re down fifteen and we feel like we can come back. Houston played good tonight and they’ve played good for the last couple of games. They’ve been hitting their three’s and their getting a lot more confidence. They played well tonight.”
     
    On James Harden
    “This year he is incredible. I don’t know if he’s the best shooting guard in the league right now, but maybe he is. He’s had a great year for them.”

    POSTGAME NOTES
     
    - Houston handed Portland a 118-103 setback tonight, moving the Rockets a full two games ahead of the Trail Blazers in the standings. The Rockets also scored the most points in regulation against the Blazers this season: 119 by Orlando (OT) on Jan. 7.
     
    - The Rockets hit 47-of-79 (.595) from the field tonight, which was Houston’s best shooting night of the season. The previous high for a game was a 46-of-82 (.561) outing at Chicago (12/25/12).
     
    - Houston handed out 27 helpers tonight, giving the Rockets a record of 11-3 this season when the team dishes out 27 or more assists.
     
    - The Rockets also scored 62 first-half points on 24-of-37 (.649) shooting tonight, setting Houston’s season high field goal percentage for a half. The previous best was .605 in the first half at Chicago (12/25/12).
     
    - Over the last three home games combined, Houston has netted 201 first-half points (67.0 ppg) on 74-of-126 (.587) shooting. The Rockets are also a combined 24-of-43 (.558) from beyond the arc in the first half of the last three home outings.
     
    - Houston scored the first points of the game and never fell behind tonight. It was the second time this season that the Rockets did not give up the lead in a game. Houston also went for a wire-to-wire 125-103 victory vs. Philadelphia (12/19/12).

    - James Harden, who was a perfect 8-of-8 (2-2 3FG, 2-2 FT) from the field for 20 points and eight assists in the first half, finished with a game-high 35 points (13-16 FG, 4-5 3FG, 5-6 FT), 11 assists and seven boards. He now has at least a double-double in three of his last four games, including the first triple-double of his career. Harden came into this game off a 36-point, 12-rebound performance at Miami (2/6/13).
     
    - LaMarcus Aldridge led four Blazers with 31 points (14-23 FG) and 11 rebounds tonight. Aldridge has now scored at least 20 points in each of his last 10 regular season visits to Toyota Center, with tonight’s outing being his highest point of any of the 10 games (prev. best: 27 done three times). He has also recorded seven consecutive double-doubles, setting his career long double-double streak (prev. best: six from Jan. 2-11, 2011).
     
    - Nicolas Batum netted 24 points (7-12 FG, 4-8 3FG, 6-6 FT) to go with a team-high three blocks tonight, marking his 15th 20-point outing of the season.

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