I wish they all could be the Clippers.
Playing the tail end of a back to back in which the team had to travel to Orlando, the Rockets got clubbed by the Magic 112-96.
The loss is the Rockets' 9th in the last 10 games and drops their record to 25-44.
The Magic, who had 7 players score in double figures, have beat the Rockets now 11 straight times. Ironically in between that streak was the Rockets sweep of the Magic in the 1995 NBA Finals.
Shandon Anderson though was amazing, scoring a career high 35 points, grabbing 9 boards and handing out 5 assists. He undoubtedly was the big bright spot in the game, hitting 11-21 shots, 5-10 from long range and 8-10 free throws.
Of course as stated on the page previously, I'd be lying if I said I saw the game as Kagy and Clutch were invited to the Frank Erwin Center in Austin to watch the Sweet Sixteen games to scout talent for clutchcity.net. The main guy we were there to see, North Carolina's junior center Brendan Haywood, has way too much Kelvin Cato in him. In other words: "Dunk, oh vicious slam, (boy this kid is good, then...) foul, foul, foul, miss anything outside of 3 feet, foul, foul -- take a seat".
As for the real Kelvin Cato, hey about the same type of night!
Cato was 0-4 with 5 fouls in 22 minutes.
Cuttino Mobley scored 19 points, but had to shoot 22 times (making 7) to get that. Steve Francis scored 12 points, having an off night shooting at 2-9, and handed out 6 assists (but turned it over just as many times).
Interesting to note the Rockets' "Big Three" (if you will) at the guard rotation, Anderson, Francis and Mobley, put up 52 of the Rockets' 75 shots.
The guy who has been smoking hot lately, Walt Williams, was forced to sit out due to a deep thigh bruise suffered against the Clippers.
Pig Miller scored 9 points and Moochie Norris added 8 and 6 assists.