Despite playing at the breakneck pace they normally prefer, the Houston Rockets fell to the Indiana Pacers, 105-95. The loss was Houston's sixth in a row.
The Rockets pushed the tempo all night, forcing the normally plodding Pacers to run with them, but Indiana proved surprisingly capable of matching Houston's pace. And for what it's worth, Houston basically ran into a buzzsaw, as the Pacers hadn't lost a home game in any of their previous 11 tries.
On an individual basis, Paul George was too much for any Rockets defender, as he poured in a game-high 31 points on just 19 shots. David West also had his way with Houston's interior defenders, pumping in 20 of his own.
On the positive side for the Rockets, Omer Asik had yet another double-double, as he led Houston with 22 points and 12 rebounds. He gave a good effort against a much bigger, tougher Indiana front line, but his work inside wasn't enough to offset the Pacers' 41-36 advantage on the boards.
Sloppy play led to 18 turnovers, which combined with 41-percent shooting to doom the reeling Rockets.
Houston fell to 21-20 in defeat, while the Pacers improved to 25-16 at the season's midway point.
The grades in this one are all over the map, as the Rockets played poorly as a whole, but still had a few very nice performances peppered into their disappointing defeat. Let's check them out, shall we?