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Houston Rockets Getting Inside 2009-12-01

Houston Rockets Getting Inside 2009-12-01There might seem to be no area in which the Rockets would struggle more than on the boards, especially on the offensive glass.

They have only one player taller than 6-9 -- rookie David Andersen, who has struggled on the boards.

Their starting center is 6-foot-6 Chuck Hayes. After Luis Scola, who was injured in the first minute on Sunday, their next best rebounder is averaging 6.8.

Yet they have spent the season among the league's top teams in second-chance points and dominated the Thunder on Sunday.

"We've been doing a great job being active on the offensive end," Carl Landry said. "We've been missing shots. Shots haven't been falling for us the past couple days, but we've been aggressive, getting rebounds and being able to finish."

The Rockets had a season-high 23 offensive rebounds, scoring 23 second-chance points to stay in the game when they could not shoot straight. It was far from the first time that has happened this season.

"The way we were shooting, we got to get them back," coach Rick Adelman said. "You shoot 40 percent on the road, something has to happen. You got to get offensive boards. You have to do a lot of things to win."

ROCKETS 100, THUNDER 91: Luis Scola came out of the game early when he suffered a freak injury that required seven stitches in his eyelid, but his replacement, Carl Landry, scored 21 points and snared 10 rebounds, nine of the boards and 17 of the points coming after intermission, as the Rockets stopped their two-game skid. Aaron Brooks added 21 points, 18 in the second half, to neutralize Kevin Durant's game-high 25 for the Thunder.

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Added: December 1, 2009


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