Houston Rockets Face Telling Stretch as Schedule Eases

January 8th, 2010 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
Phoenix Suns Center Channing Frye dribbled up to the three-point line and stopped, with two Houston Rockets defenders waiting to snuff a potential fastbreak drive to the cup. With Luis Scola’s hand in his face and Carl Landry lurking, Frye rose up and drained his fourth three-pointer of the night.

Much of the Suns offense Wednesday had come easier than this, but the shot’s degree of difficulty further explained how and why the Rockets lost a third consecutive game for the first time this season.

Steve Nash piled up 26 points and 12 assists in the seemingly effortless way he usually does. Amare Stoudemire powered past helpless defenders for jams, spinning reverse layups, and plus one finishes. The Rockets could not stop the easy buckets, and because the Suns feed on those running opportunities, they could not force misses on the difficult ones, either.

One of Nash’s makes from outside the paint was so tricky even the best of H-O-R-S-E players would have struggled to connect without Aaron Brooks in his grille.

Frye hoisted 12 three-bombs an ...

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