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Without Yao, Rockets blow out Nets in shocker

December 28th, 2006
by John

Just when you think the Rockets are doomed for another season because of injuries and Yao being out with a fractured leg, they get a huge 25-point 96-71 win against the Nets in New Jersey on the second game of a back-to-back.

T-Mac struggled (17 points only 4-for-16 shooting, 5 turnovers) for the second straight game since coming back from his back spasms Tuesday night, but Shane Battier reminded everyone of the professional he is, picking up the scoring load and scoring 23 points on an amazing 7-of-12 three-point shooting night, along with 9 boards.

What’s also incredible is that the Rockets won by such a big margin while committing 24 turnovers and Luther Head scoring only 6 points. Obviously, the defense was the key to this victory, holding New Jersey to only 33% shooting and outrebounding the Nets 54-32. I had said a few posts ago that the Rockets’ defense will always keep them in games, and it did the job again this time against the Nets.

I loved Jeff Van Gundy‘s saracastic comment after the game when asked what was the key to the game. He replied, “We kept our turnovers under 25.”