Watch: Josh Smith Rockets Debut Full Highlights

By Jim Liao
Jim Liao
Jim Liao
December 27, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Josh Smith was immediately effective in his Rockets debut, totaling 21 points, 8 rebs, and 3 assists on 9-of-21 shooting in 31 minutes off the bench.

The Rockets ended up beating the Memphis Grizzlies 117-111 in overtime. The loss was the 4th straight for the Grizzlies, and the win puts the Rockets a half game ahead of the Grizzlies for the #3 seed in the West.

Also for the Rockets, James Harden continued his all-NBA play with 32 points, 8 rebounds, and 10 assists, while Dwight Howard struggled with 6 points and 11 rebounds.

On joining a new team, Smith said, 

“When you’re a professional, and you’ve played a lot of years, it’s not that hard, especially since you know a lot of the guys in the locker room. They helped me out when I was kind of lost our there.”

Harden added, 

“We knew what he brought to the table. All he has to do is go out there and play his game.”

Jim Liao