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Jittery Rockets turn to defense to earn opening win

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Jittery Rockets turn to defense to earn opening win
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The Rockets shot badly for most of the night, but it really didn't matter. They didn't move the ball or themselves, but they didn't need to. The Rockets were barely recognizable, and not just because of the smiling, broad-shouldered celebrity big man gobbling up rebounds inside. They did not look like the team that took the floor last week.

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