The Houston Rockets took on the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night, and with the Mavs missing their entire starting lineup, the Rockets took advantage, jumping out to a big lead before going on cruise control and getting their own starters some rest in a 122-96 victory.
Houston broke a three-game losing streak on the back of big game from Alperen Sengun, who finished with 22 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists on 8-for-12 shooting in just 25 minutes of action.
Jabari Smith Jr. continues to make tangible progress, following up a career night with 21 points and 8 boards on 8-for-13 shooting, while Jalen Green filled up the stat sheet with 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. He was just 5-for-14 from the field, however, and the guy many people are wanting to see get minutes in his stead came out firing in garbage time. Cam Whitmore played just 14 minutes on the night, but he finished with 14 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. He was 6-for-12 overall from the field but just 1-for-6 from three. Still, it’s not goint to be long before he’s contributing regularly.
Amen Thompson also had a decent all-around game in the most minutes of his career. He played 22 and put up 9 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal on 4-for-9 shooting.
Houston is now 14-12 on the season and will be back in action again tonight. They’ll be heading to New Orleans to take on the Pelicans for their last game before Christmas. The Pels are ahead of the Rockets in the standings, so if they can snag another win over another playoff-contending Western Conference team, particularly on the road where they’ve struggled, it will be a nice holiday gift for all of us Rockets fans.