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Jalen Green shines in Rockets’ preseason loss to Heat

Martin Mendoza
Jalen Green shines in Rockets’ preseason loss to Heat

DUEL. Heat star Jimmy Butler and Rockets rookie Jalen Green chase a loose ball in first-quarter action.

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Fil-Am Jalen Green explodes for a team-high 20 points in the Houston Rockets’ second preseason action against the Miami Heat

Filipino-American rookie Jalen Green continues to impress for the Houston Rockets in the NBA preseason as he put up a team-high 20 points in their 113-106 loss to the Miami Heat on Thursday, October 7 (Friday, October 8, Manila time) at the Toyota Center in Houston.

After failing to knock down a three-pointer in his preseason debut for the Rockets on Wednesday, Manila time, Green, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, wasted little time in displaying his touch from deep as he quickly hit two booming triples in the first four minutes of the ball game.

The 19-year-old Green then added two more long bombs in the second period, including a tough four-point play over Heat star Bam Adebayo to finish with 16 markers in the first half of action alone.

Green, who sat out the whole fourth quarter, finished the game on a 4-of-9 shooting clip from downtown, to go with 5 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 assists in 28 minutes of play. 

Tyler Herro led the way for the Heat with 24 points and 9 rebounds, while Duncan Robinson and Adebayo chipped in 20 and 15 points, respectively, in the victory.

Christian Wood backstopped Green with 13 points and 8 rebounds, while Kevin Porter Jr. and rookie Josh Christopher contributed 12 points apiece in the losing effort. 

Green and the rest of the Rockets will look to bounce back in their third preseason match when they visit the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, October 12, Manila time. –