In first NBA start, Sam Dekker posts career-high 30 in win over Grizz
Sam Dekker's energy has given the team a boost lately, so Mike D'Antoni thought to give the second-year forward out of Wisconsin his first career NBA start. The move paid off. Dekker exploded for a career-high 30 points, hitting six triples, as the Rockets routed the Grizzlies 119-95 in Memphis. The win was Houston's first against the Memphis in three tries this season and improves the Rockets' record to an amazing 11-1 this season in the second game of a back-to-back. Dekker hit 12-19 shots, including 6-11 from three, in his breakout performance -- especially impressive considering he was shooting just 24.1% from beyond the arc in the past 20 games. James Harden was his usual self, scoring 29 points on just nine shots to go with 10 assists. Eric Gordon shook off a very poor start to end up with 21 points.