Motiejunas and Ariza help Rockets to 130-81 win over Memphis
HOUSTON (AP) Donatas Motiejunas scored 18 points, Trevor Ariza had 16 and the Houston Rockets coasted to their most lopsided win of the season, 130-81 over the injury-ravaged Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.
The Rockets, who never trailed, were up by 24 at halftime and used a 32-point third quarter to extend the lead to 97-54. Houston cleared the bench to start the fourth quarter with the game well in hand.
The largest margin of victory in franchise history is 52 points and the Rockets almost tied it on Monday, but JaMychal Green made a 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left to cut the lead to 49.
Lance Stephenson missed the game with a sprained right wrist, joining a bevy of other players sitting out with injuries including Mike Conley, Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, Chris Andersen, Brandan Wright and Vince Carter.