Pho 25 20 17 19 81
Hou 30 28 32 21 111
Date of game: 3/13/2013

Recap: Houston vs. Phoenix

Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Donatas Motiejunas scored a career-high 19 points to lead six Rockets in doubles figures in their 111-81 pasting of the Phoenix Suns at Toyota Center.

James Harden chipped in 18 points for Houston, which avenged Saturday's two- point loss at Phoenix.

"D-Mo played well tonight," said Houston head coach Kevin McHale. "I was happy for him. After a couple of stints where he got in foul trouble a little early in a couple of games, it was nice to see him get a little rhythm. Overall, that was a good game for us. We defended well and did some good stuff."

Wesley Johnson had 15 points to pace the Suns, who have lost four of their last five -- the only win coming against Houston.

"That's probably the first time I felt we didn't compete as a unit and that is just unacceptable," said Phoenix head coach Lindsay Hunter. "It's embarrassing. These are the situations you get put in when you really find out who's going to be with you and who isn't. Nothing is promised for none of us here so our guys have to compete like everyday is our last and I didn't see that tonight."

The Rockets began pulling away late in the second quarter, as they scored 20 of the final 22 points to take a 58-45 lead into the break.

Phoenix led, 43-38 midway through the second before the start of the game- altering run, which began with a string of 15 straight points capped by an Omer Asik dunk.

Markieff Morris briefly stopped the run with a layup, but Harden's deuce and 3-pointer inside the final minute had the Rockets comfortably ahead at halftime.

The margin was cut to 11 before 13 consecutive Rockets points -- seven coming from Motiejunas -- essentially put the game away.

Greg Smith's slam put the exclamation point on the five-minute stretch for an 80-56 cushion, and Houston's 90-62 lead heading to the fourth was never threatened in the final 12 minutes.

Game Notes

The teams combined for 45 turnovers, 23 coming from Houston ... The Rockets made 10 3-pointers ... Asik scored 14 points, while Jeremy Lin (13), Thomas Robinson (12) and Chandler Parsons (11) rounded out Houston's top scorers ... Luis Scola, who spent his first five seasons with the Rockets before they designated him as their amnesty player last year, had four points for the Suns ... Phoenix was outscored in the paint, 50-32 and had four second-chance points to Houston's 19.

Snowstorm cancels Buffalo-Kent State football

The University of Buffalo's 2014 home football finale against Kent State rescheduled for Friday has now been cancelled due to the massive snowstorm that has leveled upstate New York.

NASCAR News
Kahne gets three-year extension from Hendrick

Kasey Kahne will continue to drive for Hendrick Motorsports through the 2018 Sprint Cup season, signing a three-year contract extension on Thursday.

Jets-Bills to play Monday in Detroit

Heavy snowfall this week in the Buffalo area has forced the NFL to move Sunday's scheduled game between the Jets and Bills to Monday night in Detroit.

Dodgers acquire Peralta from Rays

The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired right-handed pitcher Joel Peralta and left-handed pitcher Adam Liberatore from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for right-handed pitchers Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris.

Featured Partners
www.eastridgeretirementcenter.com
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
www.ameripriseadvisors.com/james.m.scotchie
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.