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[HOUSTON] — The Houston Rockets played host to the Memphis Grizzlies last night but couldn't manage to leave much of an impact, failing to keep up with their visiting rivals and eventually succumbing in a 109-115 defeat. The loss bumps Houston's record down to 22-9 on the season, while the victory gives Memphis a 20-12 total on the year. It's not overly surprising that the Rockets would end up losing this one consider they did little to establish themselves as dangerous threats. Perhaps the showing can serve as an essential building block for the team in the days to come.

While there were no historic individual performances to speak of, James Harden's 16 points, 7 rebounds, 17 assists, 0 blocks and 1 steals in 36 minutes will serve fantasy owners well. Still, one can't be overly enthusastic about the numbers considering that even Harden himself would presumably trade the solid figures for a different result on the scoreboard. Needless to say, Houston will take any win they can get their hands on considering where they find themselves in the conference but this just wasn't one of them.

Also contributing for the slain Rockets was Ryan Anderson. Anderson's 31 points, 7 rebounds and 0 assists did the team well, but not so well as to change the outcome. Perhaps they'll get more support from the rest of their unit in games to come.

From a personal standpoint, Ryan Anderson made his presence felt from beyond the arc, toying with defenders all night long and connecting on an impressive 8 bombs. Putting a stop to any NBA calibre talent is no easy task, but even more so when they're red-hot from beyond three-point range.

Individual performances aside, if there's one area where the Rockets can improve, it's on the defensive side of the ball. Though Houston wasn't terrible in the ball game, there's no denying that a stricter focus on limiting their opponents could serve them well the next time they collide with a worthy foe.

The loss hurts for the homeside but they'll get their opportunity to regain ground in a pending matchup with the . The Grizzlies, meanwhile, will set their sights on a run-in with the Houston Rockets.

Rockets Stats

Roster P R A B S M
J. Harden167170136
R. Anderson31702035
E. Gordon17241131
M. Harrell16810027
P. Beverley13610233
T. Ariza6430135
N. Hilario4510018
S. Dekker5100016
C. Brewer110004

Grizzlies Stats

Roster P R A B S M
M. Conley24350128
M. Gasol16542134
Z. Randolph16540119
T. Allen9421228
V. Carter14400021
A. Harrison5260019
J. Green7500026
C. Parsons4320114
J. Martin2400214
J. Ennis13100020
T. Daniels510019
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