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Jalen Green struggles as Rockets fall to Raptors in preseason

Martin Mendoza
Jalen Green struggles as Rockets fall to Raptors in preseason

ROOKIE STRUGGLE. Jalen Green fails to find his mark against the Raptors in the Rockets' penultimate preseason game.

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Second overall pick Jalen Green scores just 5 points in the Rockets' 15-point loss to the Raptors

Second overall pick Jalen Green and the Houston Rockets absorbed their second straight loss in the NBA preseason after falling to the Toronto Raptors, 107-92, on Monday, October 11 (Tuesday, October 12, Manila time), at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

After exploding for 20 points in the Rockets’ previous outing, the Filipino-American rookie Green struggled to find his rhythm from the field and was held to only 5 points on 1-of-5 shooting from downtown to go with 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

The 19-year-old Green, who is currently averaging 12.3 points and 6 rebounds for Houston in the preseason, also failed to take care of the ball as he tallied a game-high 7 turnovers in the 15-point loss.

OG Anunoby and Precious Achiuwa delivered 17 points apiece for the Raptors in the victory, while Malachi Flynn and Scottie Barnes, the fourth overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, added 15 and 10 points, respectively.

Armoni Brooks topscored for the Rockets with 15 points, while Christian Wood and Kevin Porter Jr. finished with 13 and 12 markers, respectively, in the losing effort.

Green and the rest of the Rockets will wrap up their preseason on Saturday when they take on the San Antonio Spurs.

The 2021-2022 NBA regular season is set to tip-off on October 20. –