Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – The Memphis Grizzlies win close games, it’s what they do and Friday night was no exception as they beat the Houston Rockets 110-105.
It was the tale of two halves for the Rockets.
Hot three-point shooting helped them jump out to a double-digit lead. But the shots the team was making earlier stopped falling in the second half.
“All the shots we took we normally make, and we just didn’t tonight,” Patrick Beverley said. “You got to give them a lot of credit when you play half court agasdint them they’re real tough, they’re one of the best defensive teams in the NBA.”
The Rockets free-flowing offense which scored 64 points in the first half, was pretty much shut down in the final two periods as the Grizzlies defense them to only 12 field goals.
James Harden finished 27 points but he only made one shot in the fourth quarter.
On the game, the Rockets only shot 24% from deep making 10 of 41 three-pointers.
“I thought we got good looks,” head coach Mike D’Antoni said. “It’s just one of those night’s.”
Not only could the Rockets not close out the Grizzlies, the loss also marks the first time all year the Rockets have had back to back losses.
“I didn’t think we were going to go all year without any kind of problems or any kind of tough spot,” D’Antoni said. “It’s a tough spot, ok. This is two halves right, it’s 41 games the first half and we were 31 and 10, and we started off the second half losing the first game, all we got to do is just repeat what we did and we’ll be fine.”