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Houston Rockets vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

Andy Bailey@@AndrewDBaileyFeatured ColumnistDecember 26, 2014

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The Houston Rockets knocked off the Memphis Grizzlies, 117-111, in an overtime thriller that featured the debut of Josh Smith for the Rockets.

Smith wasn't shy in his first action with Houston, leading the team with 21 field-goal attempts. He made nine of those shots, and finished with 21 points. His biggest contribution may have been on the boards, where he grabbed four offensive rebounds.

James Harden led the way in the scoring department, with 32 points on 10-of-17 shooting, and in the assists department, handing out 10 dimes.

Trevor Ariza also registered a double-double, scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds.

For the Grizzlies, a furious fourth-quarter rally came up just short. Two clutch threes by Vince Carter helped erase a late nine-point deficit and send the game to overtime, where the Rockets took over.

Memphis was led by Marc Gasol's 29 points, eight rebounds and four assists. In the 29 minutes Dwight Howard played, Gasol dominated him.

The Grizzlies' bench was also great, as a trio of reserves reached double figures. Beno Udrih had 17, Quincy Pondexter had 14 and Carter had 10.

Memphis's next game will be Saturday, against the Miami Heat at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Rockets will play the Spurs, Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.

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