In a battle between inter-conference foes, the Houston Rockets took down the Orlando Magic by a score of 111-103. This was a blowout early, but the Magic roared back and nearly pulled off the comeback upset. but Houston held on.
So how did it all transpire?
Houston came out firing, scoring 32 points during the first quarter alone. Greg Smith and Omer Asik anchored a 21-6 run to open the quarter, thus setting the stage for a dominant first half.
The three-point shooting of Carlos Delfino and Patrick Beverly kept Houston out in front with a comfortable lead. Entering the second quarter, the Rockets were up 32-14.
The second quarter wasn't much different.
Orlando managed to match Houston's offensive output, with Maurice Harkless and Andrew Nicholson providing the firepower. Unfortunately, the Rockets were led by Jeremy Lin as they maintained their lead.
At the half, Houston was up on Orlando by a score of 65-43.
Lin continued with his offensive output, facilitating and scoring as the Rockets continued to pile on the points. The Magic managed to come out with an individual quarter lead, however, outscoring Houston by a count of 31-25.
Even still, Orlando trailed 90-74.
During the fourth quarter, the Magic received an offensive onslaught from Nikola Vucevic, Tobias Harris and Beno Udrih. This enabled the Magic to cut the lead to 108-103 with roughly 15 seconds remaining.
With Carlos Delfino converting late free throws, Houston held on for the 111-103 win.
Player of the Game: Omer Asik, Houston Rockets
The Houston Rockets were led by two players with double-doubles, including point guard Jeremy Lin. Lin finished with 18 points and 11 assists, which offers reason to believe that he was the Player of the Game.
The truth of the matter is, Omer Asik was in on virtually every play from start to finish.
Asik was sensational, tallying 22 points and 18 rebounds. He dominated the defensive glass, grabbed five offensive boards and held Nikola Vucevic to 5-of-19 shooting.
Plain and simple, Asik was outstanding.
What's Next for Houston
The Houston Rockets receive one night's rest, with a road game against the Sacramento Kings looming on Apr. 3. A win during that game would push them over the .500 mark as they go for win number 42.
The Rockets are currently 41-33 on the season and 14-22 when on the road. They lost their most recent road game against the Kings on Feb. 10.
What's Next for Orlando
With the loss, the Orlando Magic are now at 19-56 overall and 8-29 on the road. Their next game comes away from home, as they play the San Antonio Spurs on Apr. 3.
The Magic lost their most recent game against the Spurs on Nov. 28.