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Phoenix Vs Houston
2015/16 NBA Championship, 5 February, 2016
|US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ|
|Houston 111 defeated Phoenix 105|
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After a tough run of games on the road, the Phoenix Suns play the second of a seven-game home stand, against the Houston Rockets, who need to start building towards the back-end of the season. Join The Roar for live scores of this match from 1pm (AEDT).
The Suns sit second-last in the Western Conference, only better than the Los Angeles Lakers, having only won 14 of 50 games.
Finals are already looking unlikely – they would have to go on a hot streak very shortly, but entering this game with five straight losses, and only winning one of their last 12 matches, that just doesn’t look like happening.
In this match it wouldn’t be surprising to see James Harden and Brendon Knight match up on each other. Both have been their respective teams’ best so far this season, and the battle between them could decide the winner.
Exacerbating the Suns’ problems is defending Dwight Howard, who has a brilliant combination with Harden.
The Rockets meanwhile, were playing high-quality basketball during the early parts of the season, however with a glut of injuries in the last week they have lost three of their last four. Granted, two of those were on the road to the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs, but a home loss to the Washington Wizards is concerning.
But they answered back in their last game, with a 13-point home win over the Miami Heat, to have them seventh out west, with a record of 26 wins and 25 losses.
The Rockets and Suns met in the pre-season, which Houston won in over-time. Last season, the Rockets won all three meetings between the clubs, and it wouldn’t be surprising if the same were to happen this year.
While the Rockets’ form hasn’t been brilliant, they are determined to pick up a road win and build momentum. The Suns just don’t look like competing down the stretch, even on their home court.
Rockets by 15.
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