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.
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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.