Parsons, Grizzlies' bench leads Memphis past Houston
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 29, 2017 11:00 AM
Memphis Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons, center, drives between Houston Rockets forwards PJ Tucker (4) and Ryan Anderson (33) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Chandler Parsons finally gave Memphis fans what they've waited for, scoring 24 points on accurate shooting to lead the Grizzlies to a 103-89 victory over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).
Parsons, who has struggled and battled injuries since signing with the Grizzlies last season, was part of a Memphis bench effort that dominated the Rockets' reserves. By the time Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni cleared his bench with just under four minutes left and Memphis leading by 19, the Grizzlies held a 62-15 advantage in bench points.
That wasn't the only shortcoming for the Rockets, who shot 38 percent for the game, were 14-of-38 from outside the arc (37 percent) and committed 19 turnovers, leading to 24 points.
Ryan Anderson led the Rockets with 22 points, while James Harden added 20 points and eight assists, but was 6-of-19 from the field, including 2-of-9 from three-point range. Clint Capela had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Rockets.
Mario Chalmers scored 15 points, while Tyreke Evans finished with 14 for Memphis, which won its second straight.
The victory marked the second time in six days the Grizzlies have defeated Houston, the only team with a victory over the Rockets thus far this season. Memphis won at Houston 98-90 on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time).
Parsons' three-point shooting fueled Memphis through the first three quarters. He made nine of his first 10 shots, going 6-of-7 from outside the arc. His three-pointer in the waning seconds of the third quarter gave Memphis an 81-72 lead.
Parsons led Memphis with 10 points in the first half, missing only one of his five shots in the half as the Grizzlies carried a 54-49 lead into the locker room.
Rockets: D'Antoni coached the game despite the death of his father, Lewis, earlier in the day. Lewis D'Antoni, 103, was a successful high school coach in West Virginia. ... F Trevor Ariza and C Nene both returned to action after missing the last two games: Ariza with a left midfoot sprain and Nene with left Achilles soreness. However, G Eric Gordon, the team's second-leading scorer, missed the game with stomach problems. ... Luc Mbah a Moute started in Gordon's spot and went scoreless. ... G Isaiah Canaan, signed by the Rockets on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), was waived by the team earlier Saturday (Sunday, PHL time).
Grizzlies: Guards Wayne Selden (right quad injury) and Ben McLemore (right foot injury) were out, along with F JaMychal Green, who injured his left ankle in the season opener. ... Parsons' 24 points were his best in 39 games with Memphis. ... Parsons also recorded a season-high in minutes with almost 19. ... Rookie Ivan Rabb made his first appearance of the season in the closing minutes.
ROCKETS: Host the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time)
GRIZZLIES: Close out a four-game homestand on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) against the Charlotte Hornets