Rockets beat Cavaliers in 105-103 OT

hand dunking basketball through hoopSunday the 1st day of March 2015 the Cleveland Cavaliers 37-24 (2nd in Central Division) played game 2 of a 2 game series with the Houston Rockets 41-18 (2nd in Southwest Division) and the game was played at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas with tip-off at 3:30 PM and the game was see on ABC TV.

The scoring in this game took place in a flip-flop manner as in the first quarter the Cavaliers of Cleveland scored 26 points and were outscored by the Rockets of Houston with 29 points. In the 2nd quarter both teams scored 21 points, thus the game went to half-time with the Cavaliers 47 and the Rockets 50 and the Cavaliers ended the 1st half with 3 point deficit. In the 3rd quarter of the 2nd half the Rockets outscored the Cavaliers 32-27 thus the final 3rd quarter score was Cavaliers 74 and Rockets 82. In the 4th quarter the Cavaliers defense came alive, and then they outscored the Rockets 24-16 to tie the score at 98-98 and took the game to OT. In OT the Rockets came back to life and outscore the Cavaliers 5 Rockets 7 to win the game Houston 105 Cleveland 103.

The top 5 performers for the Cavaliers of Cleveland was forward-James-37 points 8 rebounds 4 assists, forward-Lowe-21 points 6 rebounds 3 assists, center-Thompson-14 points 19 rebounds 1 assist off the bench, center-Mosgov-10 points 4 rebounds and forward-Jones-9 points and 1 rebound off the bench.

The 5 leading performers for the Rockets of Houston was guard-Harden-33 points 8 rebound 5 assists, forward-Jones-19 points 7 rebounds, forward-Motiejunas-16 points 2 rebound 1 assist, guard-Beverley-12 points 5 rebound 5 assists and forward-Smith-10 points 3 rebounds and 4 assists off the bench.

In the game statistics the Cavaliers scored 103 points as they attempted some 98 field goals completing 40 for 40% completion, made 12 of 40-3 pointers for 30% completion, and made 11 of 21 foul shots for a 52 % completion rate. The Rockets score the winning 105 points as they attempted 74 field goals for 45% completion, made 11 of 30-3 pointers for 36% completion and made 26 of 33 foul shots for a 78% completion rate.

In game action the Cavaliers had 53 total rebounds (22 offensive & 31 defensive), 19 assists, and 5 blocks. 11 steals, 16 turnovers and committed 29 fouls in the game. The Rockets had 36 total rebounds (8 offensives & 28 defensive), 21 assists, 5 blocks, 11 steals, 23 turnovers and committed 20 fouls in this game.

The leading scorer in the NBA is the Rockets James Harden who had 33 points in this game and what’s amazing is that he made 15 of his 33 points from the foul line, and that goes along with his season statistics which have him scoring 30.6% of his total points on foul shots.

The Cavaliers in the 1st half of the game certainly were struggling as they actually missed 15 of their 3 point attempts in that 1st half. That along with the fact that LeBron missed 11 of his field goal attempts, and those 11 missed shots tied for the most missed shots in a game in his career. That along with it’s the 1st time in his career that he has missed a game tying, or a go ahead in the game free throw in the last 10 seconds of any game.

The Cavaliers loss in this game halted their 10 win streak with Western competitors and will keep them from moving up to 1st in their division. Recently they have managed 18 wins in 22 games, and now have lost 2 consecutive games. If you Bet on NBA basketball at an Online sportsbook, the next game for both the Cavaliers and the Rockets is on Tuesday with Cleveland hosting the Celtics of Boston and the Rockets playing at the Hawks of Atlanta.