The last night in Texas basketball blog will recap each game played by the Texas NBA teams throughout this NBA season. The Spurs have Wemby, Luka is still doing Luka Magic in Dallas, and the Rockets have hope for the first time since James Harden left town. It’s time for Texas to rule the NBA again.
Last night in Texas basketball added to the Rockets win streak as they knocked off the defending champion Denver Nuggets. The Dallas Mavericks put on a three point clinic en route to a easy win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Lastly, the San Antonio Spurs couldn’t hold off the rally from the Miami Heat and drop to 3-7. Let’s get into last night in Texas basketball.
The Houston Rockets win streak now sits at six games after they were able to hold off Jokic and the Nuggets at the end of the fourth quarter last night in Houston. Not saying that the Rockets did a really good job of containing Jokic because he had 36/21/11 last night. What an absurd stat line to end up going home with a loss.
The Rockets relied heavily on Fred VanVleet and Alperen Sengun to do most of the heavy lifting in the scoring department. Only Dillon Brooks (10 points) and Jeff Green (15 points) were able to get into the double digit scoring as Jalen Green had a rough night from the field.
Late in the fourth quarter the Rockets had a 10 point lead and the Nuggets came roaring back only for Jae’Sean Tate to secure the game winning steal on an inbound pass. Defense came up big in the end and the Rockets are still streaking at six games now.
Houston Rockets Top Performer Last Night
I’m going to give this one to Alperen Sengun or Baby Jokic as the kids like to call him. He had 23/8/5 while having to attempt to play defense on the actual Jokic all night long.
The Dallas Mavericks moved up to 8-2 on the season after soundly beating the Pelicans in New Orleans last night. The Mavs had been relying hard on Luka and some role players to begin the season to secure wins, but in recent games Kyrie Irving has heated up. There was nothing more true than that last night as Kyrie shot 70% from three with 35 points.
Luka added 30/4/9 of his own of course, but the whole team got some run last night since the Mavs were up 20+ points for most of the second half. Dallas made 20 threes in the game, and for the most part after the first quarter it never seemed like a huge contest.
Tim Hardaway Jr. is still continuing his dominance off the bench adding 15 points, and it appeared that Josh Green honed in some confidence and decided to shoot the ball 11 times. It’s about time that we saw that from Green.
Dallas Mavericks Top Performer Last Night
It has to be Kyrie Irving. He had 35/6/7 on 13-20 shooting and 7-10 from three. He was dominating the flow of the game and it was awesome to watch.
The San Antonio Spurs were the only team in Texas to lose last night. They are now 3-7 after beating the Phoenix Suns in back to back games less than two weeks ago. This team is young and still learning how to play together so it’s not really a shocker that they aren’t winning tons of games.
The Spurs had the lead in this game last night against the Miami Heat until about two minutes left in the game. They lead the first quarter off with a 14 point lead then went back and forth with Miami late in the third quarter and all the way through the fourth.
Wemby had a rough go at the Heat Culture. He turned the ball over seven times and only shot 8-22 from the field. He had his moments, but his jump shot wasn’t really falling enough against the stingy Heat defense. San Antonio did have six players in double figures last night, but ultimately it wasn’t enough to keep the Heat out of the win column.
San Antonio Spurs Top Performer Last Night
In a loss where most of the team had similar numbers, this award is a bit hard to give out. I’m going to hand it over to Keldon Johnson with his stat line of 20/12/6 and a +7 +/- last night.
Last night in Texas basketball added to the Rockets win streak.