Halftime: Rockets 66, Cavs 58
* Nothing against Boobie Gibson, but when Byron Scott said during the preseason that he was the team's best perimeter defender, a lot of us raised eyebrows. This is why. The Cavs' perimeter defense has been horrendous all season and isn't getting any better, regardless of what changes Scott makes to the starting lineup.
* The only reason the Cavs are still in this game is because they've managed to find a team as inept defensively as they are. The Rockets are shooting a higher percentage, making more 3s and outrebounding the Cavs. But the Cavs are still in this game, but they won't win it unless they find a way to defend the 3-point line.
* It's getting overshadowed by the poor defensive effort, but Antawn Jamison had a great half with 16 points. He had a couple of rebounds, couple of assists and a steal that led to a fastbreak dunk.
* With 32 points in the half, Kevin Martin is on pace to break the Rockets' franchise scoring record. Calvin Murphy currently holds it with 57 points set in 1981.
End 1Q: Rockets 37, Cavs 26
* Another game, another monster quarter for a Cavs opponent.
* Byron Scott was bragging on Manny Harris defense Friday, but it still needs some work. Houston's Kevin Martin got loose for 22 points in the first quarter, 15 of which came after Harris replaced Daniel Gibson. Not good.
* Scott wanted to keep the Rockets off the 3-point line. So far, that's not happening and it's the difference in the game. Houston is 6 of 8 on 3s. And yes, Martin has three of the six.
* Gibson and Ryan Hollins both are ready to play after missing practice Friday with a stomach virus. The two caught a later flight to Houston and Gibson started, although he was pulled halfway through the first quarter. Even though he's playing, he may not be feeling his best yet.