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Green-less Rockets escape Blazers in Summer League finale

Martin Mendoza
Green-less Rockets escape Blazers in Summer League finale

SIDELINED. Fil-Am Jalen Green sits out for the second straight game.

HOUSTON ROCKETS

Despite the absence of No. 2 pick Jalen Green, the Houston Rockets wrap up their NBA Summer League campaign on a winning note

The Houston Rockets finished their NBA Summer League campaign on a high note as they took down the Portland Trail Blazers, 95-92, on Tuesday, August 17 (Wednesday, August 18, Manila time) at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Despite the absence of No. 2 overall pick Jalen Green and other key players, the Rockets completed a come-from-behind win and snapped their two-game losing streak.

With high-scoring guard Green out for the second straight game due to a sore right hamstring, the Rockets started slow and trailed by as many as 14 points late in the first period, 23-9.

Still down by 7 points, 90-83, with a minute left in the game, the undermanned Rockets went on a furious 12-2 run to take their first lead since the opening frame and secure their third victory in five outings.

Armoni Brooks, who came up with the crucial go-ahead three-pointer with 40 seconds remaining, led the way for the Rockets with 30 points and 6 rebounds, while rookie Josh Christopher added 20 points, 5 boards, and 6 dimes.

Antonio Blakeney topscored for the Blazers with 23 points, while veteran forward Michael Beasley chipped in 16 markers in the loss. 

Green, the Filipino-American rookie sensation, finished the Summer League with averages of 20.3 points on 51.4% shooting along with 4.3 rebounds and 2 assists. – Rappler.com

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