Sorry for the late recap, y’all. It was one of the few nights we had everyone unavailable for various reasons. But here’s the quick version.
The Houston Rockets got their third win of the season versus the Denver Nuggets and their first official road win of the season, holding on for a 114-106 victory.
The Rockets were up pretty big at one point, but the scoring dried up in the fourth quarter, and Houston managed to hold on to this one despite Denver closing the gap down the stretch.
The Rockets were led in scoring by Fred VanVleet with 26 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists, but he shot just 6-for-17 from the field. It was Jalen Green who was more dynamic, as he finished with 25 points on 8-for-17 from the field. He was just 2-for-9 from three, but was 6-for-8 from two and 7-for-9 from the free throw line.
Alperen Sengun once again went head-to-head with his rival Nikola Jokic, and though the former MVP finished with 23 points, 16 rebounds and 6 assists, he was just 9-for-26 from the field, a huge credit to Sengun on the defensive side. Houston’s young center also held himself quite well on the other end, finishing with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists, while shooting 7-for-14 from the floor.
The other two Rockets starters played well also, with Dillon Brooks putting up 16 points on 4-for-10 from deep, while Jabari Smith Jr. had just 9 points but also racked up 10 boards and 5 assists. He’s averaging 11.3 rebounds per night over his last six contestst.
The Rockets have moved back over .500 and now stand at 10-9 on the year. and that’s with playing a difficult schedule. They currently sit at eighth in the Western Conference standings.
They’ll be back in action on Monday at home against the San Antonio Spurs, and rumor has it that Amen Thompson will be back for this one.