Rockets Claims NBA Victory Over Pacers


Published on January 11 2016 6:25 am
Last Updated on January 11 2016 6:26 am

Trevor Ariza routinely has big defensive games for the Houston Rockets. He had another one Sunday night in slowing down Paul George, but Ariza also starred on offense this time to help the Rockets rally past the Indiana Pacers.

Ariza scored a season-high 24 points and Corey Brewer hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime to give Houston a 107-103 victory.

James Harden and Ariza spoke to the media at the same time after the game. Houston's bearded star tried to shift the spotlight to Ariza by telling reporters they were missing out on the key figure in this game.

"I think you all should go over there and talk to him," said Harden, who had 21 points. "He plays so hard no matter what. If the shots are going in or not, he still plays hard. ... He led the team in scoring after guarding a (tough) guy on defense -- shows a lot of character about the guy."

The Pacers scored the first six points of overtime before Houston scored the next six to tie it at 99 with about 2 minutes left.

Monta Ellis made two baskets after that to put the Pacers up twice, but each time Houston responded with a 3-pointer. Ariza hit the first one and Brewer made the second to make it 105-103 with 40.9 seconds left.

Ariza added a dunk with 2 seconds left to secure Houston's third straight victory.

Sunday, January 10 Scoreboard

Los Angeles 114, New Orleans 111 (OT)

Dallas 93, Minnesota 87

Cleveland 95, Philadelphia 85

Memphis 101, Boston 98

Houston 107, Indiana 103 (OT)

New York 100, Milwaukee  88

Denver 95, Charlotte 92

Portland 115, Oklahoma City 110

Utah 86, Los Angeles 74

Monday, January 11 Schedule (All Times Central)

San Antonio at Brooklyn, 6:30 p.m.

Washington at Chicago, 7 p.m.

Miami at Golden State, 9:30 p.m.