Again. Is it a coincidence that Shandon Anderson has played phenomenally well with Steve Francis out to injury? Lets hope so, but it's looking doubtful. With Anderson getting the touches and shots, the Rockets are rolling. Shandon made 11-16 shots for 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists, turning it over just twice in 42 minutes of play.
Amazing how a couple of big games can change that perception in a hurry.
Anderson scored 26 points, grabbed 6 boards and dished out 4 assists to lead the Rockets over the Phoenix Suns 105-95 in Houston. The win pushes the Rockets record to 6-12, and snaps the Suns' 7-game winning streak.
Anderson was the primary story, connecting on 11-16 shots (3-5 from long-range) for 26 points. After being quite invisible for the first 15 games, Anderson has stepped up, scoring 53 points in the last two games.
Kenny is suddenly getting playing time and he's taking advantage of it. In 27 minutes of action, Thomas hit 5-9 shots for 15 points -- and went 2-2 from beyond the arc.
The guy is a power forward!
Drew on the other hand connected on just 5-16 (3-8 from three-point territory), but was just 4 rebounds shy of a triple-double.
Yes, Bryce Drew. Yes, that Bryce Drew.
14 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds for Drew, who many thought was a candidate to be cut in the preseason.
Of course lost in all the shuffle is Charles Barkley's 21 points (9-15 shooting) and 4 assists. Probably because Barkley just grabbed 3 boards -- Chuck is usually good for 3 boards in the first minute of play.
Cuttino Mobley, in 24 minutes of action, scored 12 points and handed out 6 assists. Kelvin Cato scored 8 points, grabbed 8 boards, picked 3 steals and swatted a pair of shots in 27 minutes of play.
The Rockets were outrebounded 44-35, but their turnaround in the past few games can be accredited to their shooting. The Rockets hit over 48% of their shots against the Suns, and connected on 46% (11-24) from long-range. That all but outdid the discrepancy in free throws (Suns 29, Rockets 16).