Shown here in NBDL, Scott Machado made second NBA appearance last night in Houston Rockets' 121-96 win over Memphis. (Photo courtesy of NBA.com)
Lost in the shuffle of last-minute holiday shopping and several big games over the weekend, fans of Iona College received a somewhat unexpected Christmas present when the Houston Rockets recalled Scott Machado from their developmental league affiliate early yesterday afternoon. Even better than that, the former Gael made his second appearance as a Rocket, scoring two points in four minutes in Houston's 121-96 rout of the Memphis Grizzlies at the Toyota Center in Houston.
Machado also added two assists, a rebound, and a steal in his limited action after rejoining the Rockets following yet another successful stint with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers; for whom he averages twelve points and over seven assists per contest, seeing the court in a Houston uniform for the first time since his November 28th debut, when he picked up two points off a pair of free throws in a losing effort against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The reigning MAAC Player of the Year's night began when Machado replaced Carlos Delfino with 4:08 remaining in regulation and Houston leading 114-90. Nearly two minutes later, the rookie grabbed his aforementioned rebound off a missed three-pointer by Jerryd Bayless, and picked up his two points on the ensuing possession for the Rockets, forcing a steal off former Kansas star Josh Selby before finishing for a transition layup he spent four years perfecting in New Rochelle.
With the win, the Rockets improved to 14-12, and Machado's next chance to see live game action will come on Christmas night in Chicago, as Houston takes on the Bulls from the United Center. The game can be seen at 8pm Eastern on ESPN, and A Daly Dose Of Hoops will continue to have further updates on Scott throughout his rookie season.