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Omer Asik's Rebounding Lifts Rockets

omer_asik_2013It turns out Omer Asik can still be pretty valuable, after all. Asik had his best game since he was replaced in the starting lineup and asked for a trade, playing the entire fourth quarter and helping the Rockets turn a nine-point deficit into a nine-point lead.

Asik scored just two points, but had 10 rebounds in his 21 minutes. More important, however, he kept Zach Randolph in check, allowing him just two fourth-quarter free throws.

After I came to the West, we played against them six times, Asik said. I know how he plays. I just tried to stop that. Thats it.

Asked if he was surprised that Kevin McHale never returned to Howard down the stretch, Asik said he had not considered it.

I dont think about that, Asik said. I just play whenever I get minutes. I just try to play hard.



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