HOUSTON, TX (WMC) - The Memphis Grizzlies are limping into the second half of the NBA season, down three wing players with both Kyle Anderson and Dillon Brooks out with injuries, and Chandler Parsons on the shelf in a team imposed exile while they figure out what to do with his shaky knees and big contract.
Therefore, it was not a great time to face the rampaging Houston Rockets, who handed the Grizzlies another devastating loss.
The Rockets are expected to miss big man Clint Capella for the next 4-to-6 weeks with a hand injury, they still have the Bearded One, though. James Harden set out to break Kobe Bryant’s incredible record of 16-straight 30 point games and he quickly succeeded.
This game was tied 10 times with 6 lead changes in the first half. Rookie Jevon Carter got his first start and knocked down 8 points, all before the break. Omri Casspi came off the bench with 12 points.
Harden finishes with a whopping 57 points, the second most ever scored against the Grizz. Kobe owns that one with 60.
Rockets break open a close game in the 3rd and run away to win it 112-94.
The Grizzlies, now 19-24, next come back home to face the Greek Freak, Giannis Antetekoumpo, and the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night at FedExForum.