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Harden and Kemba duel ends with Rockets escaping

Houston Rockets 100 Final
Recap | Box Score
94 Charlotte Bobcats
Hakim Warrick, PF 24 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | 0

Still a weak effort on the boards, and he may like the contested midrange jumper as much as Tyrus Thomas – but for the Bobcats 10 points on 9 shots is good production from a big man (again, for the Bobcats).

Bismack Biyombo, PF 36 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 7 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +3

9 rebounds and 7 blocks for Bismack. That will do. Bismack did a good job of rotating and going straight up when he lept to contest shots. The 1 of 5 shooting was a bit disappointing, but the defensive showing more than made up for it.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 24 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -3

At some point, MKG needs to realize that sometimes you have to give up layups. 5 fouls in just 24 minutes tonight for the rookie, but decent production while he was on the court, with 9 points and 4 boards.

Kemba Walker, PG 39 MIN | 12-21 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 35 PTS | +4

5 assists against 4 turnovers keeps this from being an A+, but Kemba was brilliant today. He kept the Bobcats battling with 6 makes from long range, plus put up a respectable 6 of 14 inside the arc as well.

Gerald Henderson, SG 26 MIN | 3-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | 0

Off shooting day for the shooting guard. Gerald couldn’t get it going (same for Ben Gordon, who went 0 of 4 in his 8 minutes) and that forced Kemba to carry a larger burden.

Jeffery Taylor, SF 17 MIN | 3-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +6

Taylor provided solid defense on James Harden while he was on the court – I was particularly impressed with him forcing into a 18-foot fadeaway to close the 3rd quarter matched up one on one. Taylor also had a couple of big dunks in the first half, but injured himself slightly on the second one, and left the game briefly, though he did return after halftime.

Ramon Sessions, PG 29 MIN | 6-15 FG | 7-8 FT | 8 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | -16

Always in attack mode for Ramon Sessions, the backup point guard/shooting guard dropped 19 points in just 29 minutes today. However, Dunlap’s decision to play him along with Kemba for significant minutes put the Bobcats in a tough spot on defense, as either one of those two had to guard James Harden, or Taylor/MKG would slide over to Harden from the 3, leaving Kemba/Ramon on Chandler Parsons/Carlos Delfino. Not optimal.

Three Things We Saw

  1. The Bobcats performed respectably on the boards and turnovers, so that was a victory (of the non-official kind). And the Rockets only shot 34.5% from long range, so a shade under their season average. Another good sign.
  2. But, the Bobcats surrendered 10 threes to the Rockets…and 41 free throw attempts. James Harden went to the line 21 times, as the Bobcats just could not keep him out of the lane. Gerald Henderson and MKG both finished with 5 fouls, and Bismack wound up with 4.
  3. The Bobcats took the lead 94-93 off a Kemba Walker jumper with 2:11 remaining in the game. And the Rockets would score the rest of the points from there on, with Carlos Delfino converting an open look from three after the Bobcats collapsed on a James Harden drive with little time remaining on the shot clock. Gerald Henderson got called for a charge, then a couple of free throws for Harden, 3 missed shots for the Bobcats on a single possession, before a couple of more free throws to make the final margin from The Beard. Disappointing end to a good performance from the team, but encouraging signs at least

3 comments to Harden and Kemba duel ends with Rockets escaping

  • SirGladiator

    I missed today’s game, but obviously with the other team getting 41 free throws its not hard to figure out the refereeing was the same today as it usually is, no doubt that was the single biggest factor in the game. I’m way beyond minding seeing us lose, especially so long as its close and we ‘should’ have won, its a real good sign for next year. Word is we’re gonna be active at the trade deadline, between that and the draft, we should easily go from close losses to close wins next year. So sure, let the refs give the other team 100 free throws, screw us out of game after game, this season’s over anyway in terms of any chance of making the playoffs, all that matters now is our young guys improving, as they clearly are doing, and then its all up to Cho to keep making awesome trades and draft picks so we can be a strong team next year. I have confidence that both things will keep happening, Kemba will continue becoming Elite, our other young players will keep getting better, and I expect us to improve via the trade and of course hugely via the draft. Hopefully then the refs will give us the respect we deserve, and stop blatantly screwing us.

  • charlottean

    It was a great game. Taylor and MKG and henderson did a great job forcing jordan – i mean harden into 5 of 20 from the field.

    Biyombo was what you drafted him to be. He got 7 on the stat sheet, but he forced a couple horrible misses AND had 2 clean blocks that got phantom calls for jordan – i mean harden. 1 on biyombo 1 on someone else. The guy dominated the game from the defensive standpoint. Loved seeing it. We saw that much more last year than we have thus far this year. Hope it ignites a fire in him.

    That dunk early by taylor was very very very impressive.

    Kemba had beyond a career night. 35 points on 28 possessions is nothing to sneeze at. 6 3′s is something I would have never imagined him capable of doing. Let alone on 7 shots. Once biyombo becomes a finisher on that pick and roll, that is going to be a DEADLY combo. seriously. He gets to the point where he’s knock down shooter from the elbow or able to finish the alley oop or even just able to cut hard and draw fouls……he is VERY good in those pick and roll situations with kemba. Kemba is elite in that for a 2nd year player. having mullens outside for that will make that even more deadly.

    great game by the guys against a very good young rockets team. They are someone to try to mirror next year.

  • charlottean

    Forgot re: kemba………that it’s really about 46 points on 33 possessions when factoring in the assists. You get 30+ and 5 assists…..you can live with the 4 turns. another steal or 2 and you completely forgive it.