The Houston Rockets took their second straight L on Monday night, falling to the Cavaliers in Cleveland 135-130 in overtime to drop to 13-11 on the season.
The Rockets and Cavs played it tight for most of the night, but Houston ultimately had no answer for Donovan Mitchell, either in regulation or OT, and the Rockets succumbed. Mitchell finished the night with 37 points and 6 assists on 14-for-27 shooting from the field.
As for the Rockets, they once again relied on Fred VanVleet, who led the team with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 17 assists in 45 minutes of action. James asked last week if Houston was leaning too much on Fred. He’s producing, but man, he’s playing a ton of minutes.
The Rockets also got 24 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists from Alperen Sengun, who started off a little slow but got things chugging as the night went on. Houston finished with five other players in double figures, but it still wasn’t enough, with Houston’s highly-ranked defense getting shredded a bit for the second straight night.
Jalen Green and Jabari Smith Jr. also both struggled. They combined to shoot 4-for-19 from the field, with Green finishing with 12 points (7-for-7 from the line), 6 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and 2 blocks, while Smith tallied just 5 points and 7 boards and lost a lot of court time to Tari Eason.
Eason put up 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals, as he continues to shine lately for Houston, while the other double figure scorers for the Rockets were Dillon Brooks with 16, Jeff Green with 15 and Aaron Holiday with 14, as he continues to put in some solid time off of the bench.
The Rockets are now just 2-10 on the road for the season, but will get to head back to the friendly confines of the Toyota Center on Wednesday, where they hold an 11-1 record and will look to get back to their winning ways against the Atlanta Hawks.