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Scola has double-double, Rockets beat Memphis

Nov 12, 2009 - 4:56 AM By CHRIS DUNCAN AP Sports Writer

HOUSTON(AP) -- Houston Rockets coach Rick Adelman ripped his team after a sluggish first half against Memphis on Wednesday night.

The Rockets got the message and then routed the lowly Grizzlies.

Luis Scola had 22 points and 15 rebounds and Carl Landry scored 20 points in the Rockets' 104-79 victory. Trevor Ariza scored 17 points, Kyle Lowry had 10 assists, and rookie Chase Budinger had 15 points for the Rockets, who've won the last seven meetings against Memphis in Houston.

Houston led by five at halftime, and Adelman wasn't happy.

"Coach gave us a good talking to and we all got into each other," Lowry said. "This is the type of game where we said, 'Let's show what kind of team we're going to be.' And we responded really good."

The Rockets opened the second half with a 16-5 run, forcing turnovers and repeatedly beating the Grizzlies down the floor for easy baskets. Memphis missed seven of its first nine shots in the third quarter before O.J. Mayo's three-point play cut it to 59-46.

But the Rockets seemed to chase down every loose ball after the break and took a 74-57 lead to the fourth. Memphis went 7 for 20 from the field in the third quarter and gave up nine fast-break points.

"If we play like we played in the third quarter," Scola said, "we're going to be able to beat anybody."

Mayo scored 19 points, and Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph added 18 apiece for the Grizzlies, who've dropped seven straight games overall.

The Rockets matched a season high with 30 assists, finished with 27 fast-break points and shot 50 percent from the field (44 of 88).

"They did everything they wanted to do to get the win," Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said. "Their will was stronger than our will."

The Rockets saved their best highlights for the final quarter.

Lowry led a fast break early in the quarter and flipped a pass to Ariza for an alley-oop dunk, prompting the loudest cheer of the night. Lowry picked up a steal on the Grizzlies' next possession and found Scola for a layup and an 82-62 lead. Budinger converted another alley-oop pass from Lowry into a dunk two minutes later.

"It was very contagious," Lowry said. "One guy gets a lob, the next guy wants a lob, the next big guy wants to get a fast-break dunk. We get the crowd into it and that's what happened tonight. Once we got it going, we kept it going."

The Rockets led only 20-17 after an ugly first quarter for both teams.

Houston had chances to build a wider margin early, but missed 12 of its first 16 shots from 3-point range. The Grizzlies also stayed close by outrebounding the Rockets 26-19 in the first half.

"At halftime, we talked about the fact that we didn't come out with the energy we needed to," Adelman said. "The first half, we didn't come out with a spark. The third quarter, we really turned it on."

Both teams came into the game wondering when their respective All-Star guards would be back in uniform.

Allen Iverson missed his third straight game after leaving the team over the weekend for "personal reasons." Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace said he had "nothing new to report" on Iverson's status or immediate future with the team.

Meanwhile, Houston's Tracy McGrady was on the bench in street clothes after setting Nov. 18 as a "target" date for his return from offseason knee surgery. The Rockets have said that there is no firm timetable for McGrady's return.

NOTES: Hollins said C Hasheem Thabeet could possibly return for Saturday's game against Minnesota after fracturing his lower jaw in Tuesday's loss to Portland. Doctors repaired the ridgeline fracture in Memphis on Wednesday, and Hollins said Thabeet may not even wear a protective mouth guard when he returns. ... Adelman earned his 865th career victory, breaking a tie with former mentor Jack Ramsey for 11th place. ... Retired Rockets C Dikembe Mutombo walked into the arena midway through the third quarter and sat down in a front-row seat next to team owner Les Alexander.






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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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    MEMPHIS 17 21 19 22 79
    HOUSTON 20 23 31 30 104 FINAL

    HIGH SCORERS: MEM - O.J. MAYO 19, RUDY GAY 18, ZACH
    RANDOLPH 18
    HOU - LUIS SCOLA 22, CARL LANDRY 20,
    TREVOR ARIZA 17

    Nov 11 10:50 PM


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    MEMPHIS 57
    HOUSTON 74 END, 3RD QTR

    Nov 11 10:17 PM


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    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    MEMPHIS 17 21 38
    HOUSTON 20 23 43 HALFTIME
    HIGH SCORERS AT HALFTIME
    MEM - O.J. MAYO 11, RUDY GAY 9, ZACH
    RANDOLPH 8
    HOU - CARL LANDRY 11, TREVOR ARIZA 8, CHASE
    BUDINGER 8

    Nov 11 9:34 PM


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    MEMPHIS 17
    HOUSTON 20 END, 1ST QTR

    Nov 11 9:07 PM
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