NETS DON'T QUIT

Rockets make costly mistakes in fourth, OT that give game away

It doesn't matter how many rotation players you take away (trust me, they've tried), James Harden continues to destroy, but down the stretch, the Rockets looked out of gas.

Harden poured in 58 points and the Rockets set a new all-time NBA record by launching 70 three-pointers, but the Brooklyn Nets pulled off a series of miracles to beat the Rockets 145-142 in overtime Wednesday night.

Spencer Dinwiddie hit three three-point shots in the final 26.2 seconds of regulation to force overtime. Late in OT, the Rockets seemed to have control of the game, but they collapsed, giving up a 10-0 closing run (remember Orlando?) to give the game away.

Fatigue is a factor here. Harden looked especially tired late in the game. But free throws were huge as well. The Rockets missed four freebies late in regulation.

To make matters worse, Eric Gordon, who returned from a knee injury, left late in the game with a sore knee. The Rockets are in desperate need of bodies right now.

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