Toyota Center was in frenzy tonight as the Rockets welcomed OKC to the “Thunder dome” to the tune of a 118-105 shellacking. The game was really never in doubt as the Rockets led for most of the game and dominated in practically all facets. The momentum seemed to carry over from Friday night’s victory as the good guys were dripping with confidence from their shooting and defense. This is the first game, all season, where it truly felt like we dominated from whistle to whistle. The Rockets beat OKC 118-105 for 2 straight wins: we’re going streaking, baby!
Jalen Green goes god mode Level 4
Jalen Green had a dominant performance as he finished the game with 28 points and a CAREER HIGH of 9 assists. Jalen was in complete control and looked poised to dominate the game. He had 8 assists in the first half and you could tell Jalen was trying to get his teammates involved. His playmaking is one of the most impressive improvements we’ve seen thus far and the growth is playing out in front of our eyes. In addition to his playmaking, Jalen was an absolute sniper tonight as he shot 6/9 from behind the three point line. It felt like no one from OKC could stop him and it rung true all game. We always knew what Jalen was capable and it’s games like these where were proven right. A star is being born in Houston and everyone must prepare for this liftoff!
Alperen Sengun is definitely HIM
We are all blessed to witness the greatness that is Alperen Sengun as he stuffed the box score tonight to a NEAR triple double. He finished his evening with 21 pts, 19 rebs, and 7 assists but we also need to include the 2 blocks and 3 steals. It felt like Sengun was everywhere and with the extra rest, his legs looked a bit more springy. What should be noted, from this impressive statline, is that Al-P got a career high in rebounds. Simply put, he dominated the boards tonight and it made it look easy on that level. His defense always takes the brunt of criticism but tonight he showed flashes of his improvement on that side. He made sure to contest shots at the rim and had hands everywhere. This maybe the most impressive game of Sengun’s young career and, to add insult to injury, he poured it on the team that traded him away. Poetic just like Sengun’s post moves…you got to love it.
Best of the rest
For the team, as a whole, we had full contributions from everyone in the lineup. Jabari Smith Jr. is turning a corner now, in terms of his confidence, as the game is starting to slow down for him. He had 15 pts and 3 boards and shot 5/11 from the field. We even got a few possessions of Jabari leading the break and even pulled up from 3 to hit. It seems that Jabari is now feeling comfortable on the offensive side and is starting to play like the 3rd overall pick we believed we picked up.
We also got the return of Garry Bird aka Garrison Mathews. He played 18 minutes tonight and shot 3/4 from 3pt line and tacked on 11 points. Last nights performance and tonight’s performance is showing that he’s gained his swagger back and Silas has confidence in him once again. Whether he can continue to produce at this level is another story but these performances are what endeared him to Rockets fans in the first place.
For the first time this season the Houston Rockets have a winning streak. Will there more on the horizon that gets added onto this streak? I guess we will all find out when the Rockets fly out and play 2 games in Denver, Monday and Wednesday. The Rockets have no found their swagger but this begs to question if it will carry over on the road. We will see Monday evening but, for now, there’s only one last thing to say…the Rockets beat OKC 118-105 for two straight wins: WE’RE GOING STREAKING, BABY!