HOUSTON (AP) – Christian Wood scored 22 points and tied a career high with 15 rebounds to lead the Houston Rockets to a 132-90 rout of the short-handed Orlando Magic on Friday night.
Houston was up by 29 at halftime and had extended the lead to 81-43 after consecutive 3-pointers by John Wall and P.J. Tucker with about five minutes left in the third.
“Obviously, they were very decimated... so we took advantage,” Houston coach Stephen Silas said. “But we really played hard and it seems like our concepts are really sinking in more.”
The Magic looked nothing like the team that opened the season 6-2. Aaron Gordon sat out with a left hamstring injury in the team’s first game since guard Markelle Fultz sustained a season-ending knee injury in a win over Cleveland on Wednesday night.
A disgusted coach Steve Clifford spoke for only about 30 seconds and left without taking any questions. But it was plenty long enough to get his point across.
“This game had a lot more to do with a lack of readiness and a lack of professionalism and a lack of effort than it did talent,” he said.
He talked about the numerous mistakes his team made before punctuating his remarks with: “So that’s your story, nothing else mattered,” and leaving the podium.
A 3-pointer by James Harden ended his night and left the Rockets ahead by 36 after three, and a 3 by Ben McLemore extended the lead to 103-63 with about nine minutes remaining.