The Houston Rockets take charge in the second half to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-100. Rockets improve to 37-38 and Cavs fall to 52-22 on the season. Kyrie Irving had a game high 31 points on 9 of 23 from the field, dished out five assists, and nailed five three-pointers. Kevin Love posted a double double with 13 points on merely 5 of 14 from the field, and grabbed 11 rebounds. Love only scored three points in the second half. Tristan Thompson recorded a double double off the bench with 16 points on 4 of 8 from the floor, plucked 10 rebounds, and blocked one shot.
Iman Shumpert put in 11 points on just 4 of 14 from the field, and blocked two shots. James Jones added 10 points on 2 of 5 from the floor off the bench in eight minutes. The Cavaliers struggled shooting in this game as they shot an awful 36 percent from the field, and shot 35 percent on 14 of 40 from three-point range. The Cavaliers had a 59 to 40 lead at halftime, but they got out-scored 66 to 41 in the second half. The Cavaliers did not execute well enough offensively to win this game and they were settling for too many jump shots when they needed to make baskets in the second half.
Even though the Cavs did not shoot well from the field, they gave up 66 points in the second half which they could not afford to give up that many points to win this game. The Rockets did out-rebound the Cavs 55 to 38. Meanwhile, LeBron James did not play for the Cavs in this game to rest, and the Cavs offensive flow just looked terrible without him. Cavs will look to bounce back next game at home tonight against the Brooklyn Nets.
Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyron Lue said “they got stops and we couldn’t make a shot. They were able to get out in transition and that kind of got James Harden going. That got him feeling good about himself.”
For the Rockets, James Harden had a team high 27 points on 8 of 16 from the field, gathered six rebounds, and gave out eight assists. Harden started to take over this game in the fourth quarter. Trevor Ariza scored 15 points on 5 of 10 from the floor including six rebounds, and three assists. Patrick Beverley pitched in 10 points on 4 of 10 from the field, picked up seven rebounds, handed out six assists, and stripped away two steals. Dwight Howard chipped in a double double with 11 points on 2 of 3 from the field, and snagged 11 rebounds. Howard shot a horrid 7 of 22 from the foul line.
Michael Beasley managed 17 points on 8 of 15 shooting, and picked up eight rebounds off the pine. Clint Capela put up nine points, 10 rebounds, blocked one shot, and had two steals off the bench. The Rockets shot an exceptional 48 percent from the field, but they really struggled from the free throw line as they only shot 50 percent on 21 out of 42 attempts. Rockets shot 36 percent on 9 of 25 from three-point distance. The Rockets did a great job getting back into this game after they were losing by 19 points at halftime. The Rockets out-scored the Cavs 35 to 16 in the fourth quarter. This was a big win for the Rockets on the road as they are battling to make the playoffs in the Western Conference.