Houston coach Jeff Van Gundy was critical of his team's
"We struggle against the best defenses and again our passing is
poor," Van Gundy said. "It's hard to shoot off a bad pass and we
also missed 10 free throws."
Taylor agreed with Van Gundy.
"We weren't hitting open shots," Taylor said. "It wasn't
anything they were doing, we just missed a ton of layups and open
shots that usually come easy."
Houston pull within three at 59-56 with 8:52 left, but the
Pacers scored 12 straight, including five by Artest, to take a
71-56 lead with 4:59 left.
The Rockets made another late charge with nine straight points
to cut the deficit to 75-69 with 51 seconds left, but couldn't get
Indiana fell behind 6-0 to start the game but then outscored
Houston 15-1, including six points by O'Neal, to lead 15-7 with
4:02 left in the first period. The Rockets cut their deficit to
22-20, before the Pacers moved ahead 39-28 at halftime.
Houston was never closer than five in the third period and
trailed 57-49 going into the final quarter.
Game Notes: Houston is 12-2 when leading after the first quarter. ...
Houston is 10-2 when scoring 80 or more, and 1-8 when scoring less
than 80 points. ... The Rockets are 14-4 when Steve Francis has
more than five assists and 5-10 when he has five assists or less.
... Indiana hasn't lost two consecutive game this season. ...
Houston activated guard Mike Wilks from the injured list Tuesday
and placed forward John Amaechi on the injured list with an
intestinal virus. ... Houston is 2-10 after trailing in the first