The Rockets gave a great effort last night as they led this game 62-51 at the half. They just couldn’t sustain that level of play in the second half. The Rockets hit the boards hard in this game outrebounding the Lakers 53-44 which gave them a good chance to win this game right until the end. The starting guards were outstanding in this game. Kevin Martin (26 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists) and Aaron Brooks (24 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists) gave the Lakers fits all night long. Luis Scola was an absolute beast inside for the Rockets last night as he finished up with 18 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists in 33 minutes on the floor. Chase Budinger was very solid off the bench for the Rockets in this game with 13 points and 5 rebounds in only 22 minutes on the floor. But the sight for sore eyes was seeing Yao Ming on the floor. Sure, he fouled out in 23 minutes and he only shot 4 of 11 from the floor but he still finished up with 9 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocked shots which is pretty impressive in his first regular season game in over a year. The Rockets are 0-1 despite looking pretty darn good in this game.
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