After winning just one of their first 17 games, the Rockets seem to have gotten into good shape. Silas’s team defeated the Thunder by 114-110 this morning, thus adding their fourth consecutive victory, which, although it does not allow them to abandon the red lantern of the Western Conference, it does bring them closer to teams like Spurs, Pelicans or the Thunder themselves on the table.
In fact, this result gives rise to the curious situation that Houston is right now the third most fit team in the NBA, since its winning streak is only surpassed by the current NBA finalists: the Bucks, with 8 wins in a row. , and the Suns, with 17. This, evidently, is not more than a boutadeIt is not to be expected that the Rockets are going to prolong this moment excessively or that they are going to become contenders for something other than the pick 1 of the draft, but of course it can help the franchise to feel that there are wickers to raise a new project.
The Texans managed to win the game against OKC despite two major difficulties. The first of them was the injury of Christian Wood, who had to head to the locker room with just 9 minutes played due to an ankle injury, which left the locals without their reference center. The second was the huge performance of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who with 39 points signed his best game of the season and was close to leading his team to victory almost alone.
The point guard, even with his mistake from the triple (1/8), managed to do a lot of damage to the Rockets defense thanks to his size and his ability to attack the rim. In fact, except for the single triple he scored, Shai added all his points from the paint or from the free throw, which he went to 16 times thanks to his ability to force fouls on his penetrating attempts. All in all, the former Clippers missed a clear decisive pitch in the absence of 18 seconds that would have kept his team in the game, which prevented him from finishing off his great night and left the crash seen for sentence.
If Gilgeous-Alexander stood out on the road, Jae’Sean Tate did it on the home side, scoring 32 goals that were not only his best score of the course, but of his career. The forward signed a huge performance in many ways, as not only did he achieve numerous baskets, but he did so with great accuracy data (11/15 in field goals), appearing in clutch with a decisive action in the absence of half a minute, and contributing in the rest of the game with 10 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 blocks and 2 steals.
«He’s done everything on both sides of the court,» Silas acknowledged. “He has been aggressive in attack, rebounding and attacking the paint, while in defense he has been constantly changing men and has managed to put in five blocks, which is impressive. When the push came to shove, he was the player we had to look for. «
Tate was joined by five other Rockets players in double digits, most notably Armoni Brooks with 18 points. Garrison Matthews and Kenyon Martin Jr. followed with 14 and 12 respectively, while both Kevin Porter Jr. and Josh Christopher reached 10.
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