Turnovers killed the Houston Rockets as they dropped Friday night’s matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies by a 93-85 margin. In fact, they turned it over a season-high 20 times en route to blowing an early 10-point first-quarter lead.
James Harden had five of those 20 turnovers himself and also struggled from the floor, shooting just 1-of-6 from the three-point line and 4-of-18 overall from the field. He’s made just two of his last 17 three-point attempts over the past three games after starting out red-hot for the Rockets.
The Grizz shot just 37 percent from the field but improved to an impressive 4-1 thanks to solid performances by Zach Randolph and Rudy Gay.
Memphis also had a great effort from their bench who played tenacious defense and outscored the Rockets’ bench, 29-15.
For a complete look at the box score, check out NBA.com.
Player of the Game: Zach Randolph
Randolph, sporting an American flag headband for Veterans Day weekend, wasn’t the high scorer for the Grizz but he made the biggest impact with his presence down low.
He finished with 15 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks.
Up Next for Houston
The Rockets won’t have much time to think about their disappointing Friday night loss as they return home to host the slow-starting Detroit Pistons at the Toyota Center on Saturday night.
Up Next for Memphis
The 4-1 Grizz will stay home and host the Miami Heat on Sunday night at the FexExForum.
Mike Hoag Jr. is a Breaking News Team writer and NFL featured columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter: