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Phoenix Suns vs. Houston Rockets: Postgame Grades and Analysis for Houston
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The Houston Rockets, with the help of Jermain O'Neal, stole one from the Phoenix Suns

Literally. They won 101-98 after goaltending was called on a James Harden three that didn't look as if it had any chance of going in. Again, thanks, Jermaine.

After building various double-digit leads in the first half, it appeared as if the Rockets were poised to run away with a lopsided victory. But then the Suns went on an 11-4 run to close out the half and we had ourselves a ballgame.

Nothing changed in the second half. Phoenix actually had the lead in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter as the Rockets, courtesy of an uglier than ugly three-point clip, seemed on the verge of a meltdown.

One big shot and two enormous free throws by Jeremy Lin later, and Houston had tied it up. One monstrous defensive stop later, and the Rockets had a chance to win the game. And one botched three-pointer that turned into a game-winner later, they had won.

It wasn't pretty, but the Rockets got the win and remain hot on the heels of the Golden State Warriors for sixth place in the Western Conference. 

Sometimes ugly yields results.

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