Rockets win sixth straight vs. Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- No matter what the circumstances, every time Houston plays the Memphis Grizzlies, the story ends the same: The Rockets wind up winning. Big.

Kyle Lowry scored a career-high 28 points and matched his career best with 12 assists in the Rockets' 127-111 victory over the Grizzlies on Friday night, their sixth straight over Memphis.

All have been by 10 points or more.

"I can't really explain it," Rockets forward Shane Battier (12 points, five assists) said. "It seems like every time we play these guys it's under a different circumstance -- a different motivation or a different injury we're fighting off."

Kevin Martin also scored 28 points for Houston, while Brad Miller contributed a season-high 23 points.

Lowry was 11-of-15 from the field and 4-of-5 on 3-pointers.

"We've got a lot of good shooters, and it shows," Lowry said. "I just got confidence and hit some 3s. We just felt good out there."

Miller made all seven of his shots and the Rockets shot 60 percent in the game, including 16-of-23 on 3-pointers.

Courtney Lee scored 16 points for the Rockets, while Luis Scola added 15 points.

Rudy Gay led Memphis with 29 points, while Marc Gasol had 20. Mike Conley finished with 19 points and eight assists for the Grizzlies, who lost for the third time in four games.

The 127 points was a season-high for a Memphis opponent, and the 16 3-pointers were the most in a game this season for Houston.

"You're always going to be surprised when you have an offense run like that," Houston coach Rick Adelman said. "Especially when we couldn't make a shot in shootaround. So, maybe we saved it for the right time."

The Rockets built an early 14-point lead by hitting their first six shots from outside the arc. Houston led 69-60 at halftime.

Memphis got close early in the fourth, but consecutive 3-pointers by Miller put Houston back up by double digits.

Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said before -- and after -- the game that his team has trouble matching up with the quicker Rockets. Someone asked him about the Grizzlies' defensive effort.

"Did we have one?" Hollins said. "I don't think we even had one. We gave up 127 points. We scored 111 points, enough to win a game. But when you can't stop the other team at any point in the game, you don't have a chance."

Game notes
Grizzlies forward Darrell Arthur returned to action after missing two games with a strained left groin. ... The Rockets had won the previous five games in the series by an average of 15.2 points. ... Battier, who played his first five years for Memphis, still gets cheers in pregame introductions. ... Lee also had a fan base at the game. The Western Kentucky basketball team plays the University of Memphis on Saturday, and some of the WKU fans attended the game to see the former Hilltopper.