8:00 PM ET, November 19, 2013
Toyota Center, Houston, TX
Dwight Howard last time out strong performance from the free-throw line has the Houston Rockets thinking less about the ball being in his hands at the end of close games.
Tonight the 27 year-old will try to further his recently improved foul shooting and help the team to their fourth victory in five games versus the visiting Boston Celtics.
Again subjected to being intentionally fouled, as Howard has throughout the early season, the star center made the Denver Nuggets pay by going 17 of 24 on free throws and finishing with 25 points in a 122-111 win Saturday.
Online sports betting experts consider that allowed coach Kevin McHale to leave him on the floor down the stretch.
Howard is currently shooting 53.1 percent from the line, but he’s gone 27 for 41 (65.9) in the past three games after making 14 of 39 (35.9) in the previous three.
The Georgia native leads the NBA in free-throw attempts with 128.
The Rockets’ Chandler Parsons scored at least 20 points for the fourth time in five games Saturday.
Houston is looking for their their third straight win when they meet Boston (4-7), losers of three in a row since a four-game winning streak. Jeff Green, averaging a team-high 15.5 points, was held to a season-low two in a 106-88 loss versus the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday.
Boston averaged 23.3 assists during their victory streak but are at 15.3 during the three-game skid.
The team has done an excellent job at defending the 3-pointer, holding rivals to 30.2 percent, among the best in the league. The Rockets lead the NBA in 3-point attempts at 26.5 per game, even when they’re making just 32.9 percent of them.