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Recap (sort of): Hornets 88 - Rockets 79

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I missed this one tonight - it's still the break, so it happens.  Didn't remember to TiVo it either, but from the looks of the stat line, maybe I'm better off having missed it after all.  Here's the stats:

 Houston
 Starters
Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS
PF Pts 
  T. McGrady G 33:45 2-11 0-3 7-9 -11 0 5 4 3 0 0
1 11 
  R. Alston G 31:14 1-10 1-5 0-0 -11 0 2 3 1 0 0 0 3
  Y. Ming C 34:00 6-13 0-0 7-8 -11 3 12 1 2 0 0 1 5 19 
  L. Scola F 34:31 3-9 0-0 4-4 -10 1 8 0 1 2 0 1 5 10 
  S. Battier F 29:12 2-6 1-5 0-0 -14 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 1
 Bench
Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts 
  B. Barry
20:50 2-4 2-4 2-2 +4 1 2 1 1 1 0 0 0
  C. Landry
20:37 4-5 0-0 1-2 -2 2 4 0 2 0 0 0 3
  A. Brooks
16:46 4-6 1-2 0-0 +2 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0
  L. Head
12:13 2-6 0-0 1-2 +3 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 2
  C. Hayes
6:51 0-2 0-0 0-0 +5 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 2
  V. Wafer
DNP - Coach's Decision

 Totals

26-72 5-19 22-27
9 39 13 13 5 0 2 22 79 
 Percentages:   .361 .263 .815   Team Rebounds: 7

 New Orleans
 Starters
Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts 
  C. Paul G 37:28 8-18 2-3 8-8 +14 1 4 10 4 2 0 0 4 26 
  D. Brown G 18:02 0-6 0-4 0-0 +7 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 1
  T. Chandler C 30:49 7-11 0-0 0-1 +6 5 12 0 0 0 1 0 4 14 
  D. West F 43:02 8-19 0-0 7-9 +13 1 6 2 1 1 0 0 3 23 
  R. Butler F 41:32 6-9 1-2 0-0 +9 1 7 2 0 2 1 0 2 13 
 Bench
Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts 
  J. Posey
29:58 1-3 0-2 4-6 +2 0 5 0 2 0 0 0 3
  M. Ely
16:15 2-3 0-0 0-0 +2 1 4 2 2 1 0 0 4
  A. Daniels
10:32 1-2 0-1 0-0 -5 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 2
  M. Peterson
6:28 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
  S. Marks
5:52 0-2 0-1 0-0 -3 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
  R. Bowen
DNP - Coach's Decision
  J. Wright
DNP - Coach's Decision

 Totals

33-74 3-14 19-24
11 47 18 13 6 2 0 23 88 
 Percentages:   .446 .214 .792   Team Rebounds: 4

 

From the looks of things, it's quite obvious that a few things went wrong:

  • Tracy McGrady didn't show up.
  • The real Rafer Alston showed up.
  • Our combined number of assists was 13, the first game in which we hadn't combined for at least 20 assists since the Memphis loss.  Since that time, we had put up 100 points in 5 of our 8 games.
  • Shane Battier still hasn't found his stroke.
  • While Yao Ming had some good numbers, he once again struggled from the field, shooting 6 for 13.
  • We let New Orleans's only two offensive threats in the game lead the game in scoring.  Ron Artest would've been the perfect person to guard David West.
  • They out-rebounded us 47-39.
  • Not sure if we can blame this one on fouls - they had 23 to our 22.  However, not having seen the game, maybe a few key calls didn't go our way.
  • We once again had a poor showing in the fourth quarter, and according to the AP recap:

The Rockets were only 2-of-14 shooting in the fourth quarter and did not hit a field goal in the last 8:47 of the game, stayed within striking distance only because they hit 11 of 13 free throws in the period.

That's just some statistical observations.  If you watched the game, please leave a few comments on what you thought went wrong for us tonight and what you think we need to work on for the Utah game tomorrow night.  I'll be watching that one for sure.