Under the bright lights of Los Angeles, Jalen Green did not disappoint.
Green almost stunned the Lakers after hitting a pair of clutch buckets in the Houston Rockets’ narrow 117-119 road loss at the Staples Center on Tuesday, November 2 (Wednesday, November 3, Manila time).
The second overall pick finished with 24 points on a 9-of-15 clip to go with 5 assists as he kept the Rockets within striking distance with back-to-back three-pointers in the final minute.
With the Rockets trailing 111-118, Green took matters into his own hands by drilling in a contested triple off a Jae’Sean Tate inbounds pass to cut their deficit to 4 points with 45 seconds left.
Green then upped the degree of difficulty in the next possession as he pulled off a stepback three-pointer over Anthony Davis from way beyond the arc to make it a one-point game.
His efforts, though, were not enough to give the Rockets their second win of the season, with Kevin Porter Jr. missing the potential game-winning triple with two ticks remaining.
Still, it was one of the best NBA outings for the 19-year-old rookie, who is averaging 13 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal.
Green, who has Filipino roots, had his finest performance in a 97-107 loss to the Boston Celtics, where he erupted for a career-high 30 points after sinking 8 treys.
The Rockets, who have been on rebuilding mode since the departure of James Harden last season, tote a 1-6 record for 13th place in the Western Conference.