NBA

Casspi Scores 19 in Rockets' First Loss of Season

Despite loss, Casspi shows he can thrive as part of a fast-paced offense; 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals to go along with team-leading 19 points.

Even before the NBA season started, Israeli basketball player Omri Casspi knew he would work well within the fast-paced offense of the Houston Rockets. Though his team dropped a game for this first time this season in a 137-118 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers Monday night, Casspi proved just how far he has come this year.

Coming off an ankle injury that kept him sidelined for one game, Casspi stood as the Rockets' leading scorer with 19 points on 6-out-11 shooting from the field. But the Israeli forward also filled the rest of his stat sheet grabbing 9 rebounds, dishing out 4 assists and taking 2 steals.

The Clippers proved even quicker and more aggressive than the energetic Rockets and they scored a staggering 78 points in the first half. Rockets superstar and best defender Dwight Howard got into early foul trouble, allowing Clippers point guard Chris Paul to orchestrate a viciously efficient offensive. He finished with 23 points and 17 assists.

Casspi and the Rockets play their next game on Tuesday evening against the Portland Trailblazers.