NBA Game Summary - Phoenix at Houston|
(Wednesday, March 13th)
Final Score: Houston 111, Phoenix 81
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Donatas Motiejunas scored a career-high 19
points to lead six Rockets in doubles figures in their 111-81 pasting of the
Phoenix Suns at Toyota Center.
James Harden chipped in 18 points for Houston, which avenged Saturday's two-
point loss at Phoenix.
"D-Mo played well tonight," said Houston head coach Kevin McHale. "I was happy
for him. After a couple of stints where he got in foul trouble a little early
in a couple of games, it was nice to see him get a little rhythm. Overall,
that was a good game for us. We defended well and did some good stuff."
Wesley Johnson had 15 points to pace the Suns, who have lost four of their
last five -- the only win coming against Houston.
"That's probably the first time I felt we didn't compete as a unit and that is
just unacceptable," said Phoenix head coach Lindsay Hunter. "It's
embarrassing. These are the situations you get put in when you really find out
who's going to be with you and who isn't. Nothing is promised for none of us
here so our guys have to compete like everyday is our last and I didn't see
The Rockets began pulling away late in the second quarter, as they scored 20
of the final 22 points to take a 58-45 lead into the break.
Phoenix led, 43-38 midway through the second before the start of the game-
altering run, which began with a string of 15 straight points capped by an
Omer Asik dunk.
Markieff Morris briefly stopped the run with a layup, but Harden's deuce and
3-pointer inside the final minute had the Rockets comfortably ahead at
The margin was cut to 11 before 13 consecutive Rockets points -- seven coming
from Motiejunas -- essentially put the game away.
Greg Smith's slam put the exclamation point on the five-minute stretch for an
80-56 cushion, and Houston's 90-62 lead heading to the fourth was never
threatened in the final 12 minutes.
The teams combined for 45 turnovers, 23 coming from Houston ... The Rockets
made 10 3-pointers ... Asik scored 14 points, while Jeremy Lin (13), Thomas
Robinson (12) and Chandler Parsons (11) rounded out Houston's top scorers ...
Luis Scola, who spent his first five seasons with the Rockets before they
designated him as their amnesty player last year, had four points for the
Suns ... Phoenix was outscored in the paint, 50-32 and had four second-chance
points to Houston's 19.
03/14 01:19:17 ET