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Third Quarter Conquest

NBA: Detroit Pistons at Houston Rockets
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This is going to be a quick recap because I’m pinch hitting for it.

This game was billed as a meeting of The Twins, Ausar and Amen for Detroit and Houston respectively. While they played a part, the promised battle never materialized, and what contretemps did happen, the victory went to Amen.

This game was a great way to welcome the New Year. The Detroit Pistons, fresh off their win over the (depleted) Toronto Raptors came into this game with a good spirit and played hard, for about 30 minutes. The Rockets would attempt to pull away in the first half, and Detroit would find a flurry of points, and the Rockets ended the half up by four.

The third quarter started much the same way. Then the Alpie and Jalen show started. By the time the quarter was over Alperen Sengun would have scored 22 points and Jalen Green 17 points in what would be the complete opposite of a third quarter collapse. The Rockets scored an astonishing 47 points in the quarter. Certainly, against the woeful Pistons, but it showed just what the inside out game of the Rockets can do to opponents.

From that point on the game was garbage time, with every available Rocket getting no fewer than the six minutes Boban played. Boban, to the crowds’ dismay did not score, but he did notch an assist. Cam Whitmore immediately splashed a three pointer on entering the game, and had a thunderous dunk a little later as he again had more points than minutes played (9 in 8).

There’s not a lot of deep analysis to be found here. Alpie and Jalen crushed the Pistons in a single quarter, and that was that.



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