Kevin Martin, Houston Rockets Soar Past Deron Williams, New Jersey Nets

Jim MancariCorrespondent IFebruary 26, 2011

Kevin Martin came into action averaging 23.0 ppg. He scored 30.
Kevin Martin came into action averaging 23.0 ppg. He scored 30.Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Who needs Yao Ming when you have Kevin Martin, Chase Budinger and Luis Scola?

Martin scored 30 points in the Houston Rockets’ 123-108 win over the New Jersey Nets at the Toyota Center.

Coming off a 30-point performance off the bench in his last game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Budinger scored 27 points to aid in the victory. Scola added 23 points.

The Nets have now lost five straight games and both games in the Deron Williams era. Williams had a double-double with 15 points—but on just 3-of-12 shooting—and a season-high 17 assists in the loss.

New Jersey has lost nine straight games to the Rockets and fall to 17-42 on the season.

This game opened with a ton of energy on both sides. The Rockets are used to playing a quick-paced game, as they’ve averaged 105.5 points per game—third in the NBA.

The Nets looked like a rejuvenated team led by Williams, who had six assists in the first five minutes of play. New Jersey also hit their first five shots from the field.

Houston kept up the pace as they went on a 16-3 spurt late in the first quarter, taking a 10-point lead. Scola, Martin and Budinger were unstoppable early, scoring 10, nine and nine points, respectively.

However, the Nets came storming back to cut the deficit to just four—37-33—to close out the first. The 37 points scored by the Rockets was the most allowed in a quarter by the Nets all season.

Houston opened the second quarter just like they did the first. The Rockets extended their lead to 11 while Williams rested on the Nets bench.

After chipping away, back-to-back three-pointers from Anthony Morrow and Travis Outlaw brought the Nets back to within two. The Rockets answered right back with strong bench play from former Nets Courtney Lee and Terrence Williams.

Lee was traded in the deal that brought Troy Murphy—now with the Golden State Warriors—to New Jersey, and Williams was traded in the three-team deal that sent Sasha Vujacic to the Nets.

The Rockets remained hot from the outside as they closed out the first half leading 71-58. The 71 points was the most scored by the Rockets in half and the most given up by the Nets in a half all year.

Budinger led all scorers with 19 points in the first half, with his team shooting 57 percent from the field.

Brook Lopez led the Nets with 15 points. With significant other Kim Kardashian in attendance, Kris Humphries scored 11 points with six rebounds in the half.

Budinger picked up right where he left off in the second half, scoring the first five points. The Rockets continued to pour it on, as they knocked down big shot after big shot.

This game got out of hand late in the third quarter with the Rockets leading by as many as 21 points.

Ben Uzoh knocked in a career-high 18 points, most of which came in mop-up duty. Humphries recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. The Nets have lost five of the six games Kardashian has attended.

New Jersey will continue their search for Deron Williams’ first win as a Net as they head home to host Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns Monday evening.