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02/09: Dallas Mavericks vs. Houston Rockets Open Thread

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Yao Ming has missed the last 21 games for the Rockets. McGrady missed seven games in December and one in January. Despite that, Houston is only a game and a half back of San Antonio right now. I'm impressed.

Their method - defense. Houston's allows only 90.3 ppg and they don't just do it with a slowed down pace. They also lead the NBA in points allowed per 100 possessions at 96.1. They don't allow second chance points by rebounding 76.6% of their opponents missed shots, also best in the league. And opposing teams only shoot 42% against them -- best in the league by 1.5%.

Pretty much any defensive stat there is Houston is at the top. Of course, none of that stopped Dallas from scoring 109 on 49% shooting when they last played Houston in January.

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