The Golden State Warriors fell to 13-11 following Friday's 116-112 home loss to the Houston Rockets (16-8), but one positive was a near double-double off the bench from struggling forward/center Marreese Speights.
"He hasn't played well," head coach Mark Jackson said pregame of Speights who entered the contest averaging just 3.8 points and 3.2 rebounds in 23 games.
But with the Warriors trailing in the fourth, Speights sparked a comeback scoring 12 points helping Golden State take a brief lead.
He finished with 16 points and nine rebounds in 15 minutes while shooting 50 percent from the floor.
Despite the loss, Speights finally showed the offensive prowess and work on the boards that the Warriors hoped he would provide when they signed him to a three year, $10.9 million deal this off-season in the wake of Carl Landry's departure.
"I wish we would have got the win," Speights said post-game. "I'm glad coach never gave up on me. It's something to build off of and get better next game."
And with centers Jermaine O'Neal (wrist surgery), Ognjen Kuzmic (broken finger) and Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery) inactive, Speights is sure to pressed into action.
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