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Rockets narrowly lose to Grizzlies

English.news.cn   2014-01-25 13:58:56

HOUSTON, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- The Houston Rockets lost to the Memphis Grizzlies 87-88 Friday night at Toyota Center, though its forward Chandler Parsons set an NBA record for 3-pointers in one half.

The Rockets didn't find themselves in element especially in offensive. The team only scored 35 points in the first half and trailed by nine points when they entered half time break.

Parsons began to shine at the opening of the third quarter and helped the Rockets to make an 11-0 run. Houston outscored Memphis nine points in that quarter, tying the score to 64.

Houston continued to struggle in the last quarter and played good defense. Their opportunity came when Parsons' ninth 3-pointer of the half put the Rockets in front, 83-82 with 4:23 left, but they missed their next three shots.

However, they still had their chances when an offensive foul by Memphis gave them the ball back with 8.3 seconds left. But Parsons couldn't free himself from the Grizzlies' defense and shoot the ball. He passed the ball to Pat Beverley who shot an air ball 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

Parsons scored a career-high 34 points and hit 10-consecutive 3-pointers, all in the second half, making a NBA record for 3s in a half and a franchise record for 3s in a game. James Harden paired 10 points with a career-high 13 assists while Dwight Howard added 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Courtney Lee scored 19 points, Mike Conley had 14 points, and Zach Randolph chipped in 15 points and eight rebounds for the Grizzlies.

The loss ended the Rockets' three-game winning streak and the team is 29-16 on the season. The Grizzlies is 21-20.

Editor: Shen Qing
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