Houston Rockets’ rookie Jalen Green is slowly living up to the hype that came along with being a second overall draft pick.
Coming off relatively quiet first two games, Green erupted for 30 points against the Boston Celtics on Monday, October 25, in a game where he set a Rockets record and tied an NBA mark.
The 19-year-old sizzled for 8 three-pointers in the 97-107 loss to the Celtics to tie Minnesota Timberwolves’ Anthony Edwards for most triples in a game by a teenager in NBA history.
It was an offensive masterclass for Green, who finally breached double digits after debuting with 9 points in a loss to the Timberwolves and tallying 9 points in a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Green, who also had 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals, shot a scintillating 61% from the field and missed just two of his three-point attempts.
One of the few bright spots in the loss to the Celtics, Green became the first teenager in Rockets history to have a 30-point game.
He also tied Chinese great Yao Ming for the most points by a Rockets rookie in the last 20 seasons, according ESPN Stats and Info.
“I felt real comfortable. After I hit my first three, I felt good. I did not see a shot I did not like,” said Green, who has Filipino roots.
Green, though, said there was no conscious effort for him to put up big numbers as long as the Rockets win.
The Rockets currently tote a 1-2 card.
“I’m not trying to force. I want to win over anything. If that is me going to get 30 or 15 or 20, I’ll do whatever it takes.” – Rappler.com