Eric Bledsoe scored a game-high 20 points and dished out seven assists, Goran Dragic scored 19 points and P.J. Tucker chipped in 18 as the Phoenix Suns defeated the Houston Rockets 97-88.
Aaron Brooks led the Rockets with 17 points off of the bench and Dwight Howard had 15 points and 18 rebounds for the Rockets.
Coming off a loss to the lowly Utah Jazz Monday night, you’d expect the Rockets to bring a different attitude and play a much better game the next time they took the court. That wasn’t the case at all Wednesday. The Rockets shot 31-of-88 from the field (35.2%), nine-of-31 from beyond the arc (29.0%) and turned the ball over 22 times. The loss snapped their six-game home winning streak. It was also just the second time in the young season the Rockets lost back to back games.
Howard came to play on the glass, but shot just four-of-11 from the field (although he did hit seven of his nine free throw attempts). The Rockets’ other superstar, James Harden, was awful. He scored 14 points on three-of-17 shooting and missed all 10 of his three-point attempts.
The win put the surprising Suns over .500 at 10-9 and dropped the Rockets to 13-7.