The Houston Rockets were on its way to a third consecutive loss to end Summer League.
While these wins and losses don’t count, it sure doesn’t feel good to lose at any level.
The Rockets could have easily mailed it in down seven with 1:11 to go in the game.
But quit they did not.
Rookie Josh Christopher and second-year pro Armoni Brooks led a ferocious 12-2 run at the end of the game to win the Summer League finale 95-90.
Christopher, who logged the most minutes for the team in Vegas, had his best game of the week shooting 8-14 from the field to score 20 points in the game, including six in that final 1:11 that tipped the scales in the team’s favor.
Unfortunately, Christopher’s strong performance was overshadowed by Brooks, who scored a game-high 30 for the team. 27 of those points came from beyond the arc.
Brooks, who started the week on the outside looking in from the roster, may have just won himself a spot on the team that the Rockets may have to make for him.
The incredible performance comes after a week of difficulties for Brooks in and out of health & safety protocols and struggling to get his shot going. All of his misfortunes ended when it mattered most.
Justin Anderson also had a nice game for himself, dropping 19 points and four blocks. He might have played himself back into the NBA with that performance.
Overall, the week for the Rockets had its fair share of ups and downs with the incredible potential oozing from the rookies and a few too many turnovers along the way, but the Rockets got a good litmus test as to where the future of the team looks like.
Dare I say, the future looks bright.