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Rockets 117, Knicks 102: Scenes from a wacky game with a predictable outcome

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Houston won, as they always do.

NBA: New York Knicks at Houston Rockets Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks, without the aid of Kristaps Porzingis (back problems) and Enes Kanter (also back problems), led the Houston Rockets by a lot of points in the beginning of the game (25-5 in the first quarter) then got their asses handed to them in the middle of the (80-40), then lost, 117-102. We knew heading into the game that they were going to lose, and they did. The way we got there, however, was a bit strange.

If there was anything to complain about here, it was the lack of minutes handed out to Frank Ntilikina (15) and Damyean Dotson (9). Yes, Jarrett Jack played a very good game, and managed a positive plus/minus rating in what was otherwise a comfortable Houston win, but the Knicks weren’t winning this game, and were presented a decent opportunity to play the kids in a low-pressure environment.

Anyway, Courtney Lee started out hot early.

And Michael Beasley was absolutely on fire, walking like the Walking Bucket do on his way to 30 points.

Make no mistake, though: Beasley wasn’t good outside of the first few minutes. Whatever. It is what it is.

Recap to come.