Having just lost in Minneapolis (113-104), the Rockets found the Wolves at home this time. Rudy Gobert returned after three games and was limited for two more games due to groin pain. But the Frenchman was supported by Jalen Green.
Because in the last duel between the two clubs, he was a complete failure with just 10 points on 3/13 shooting, this time he exploded and set a career best with 42 points on 15/25 shooting!
D’Angelo Russell (30 points, 7 assists) was more on his feet and Anthony Edwards (31 points) tried to pull away the victory at the end, but Jalen Green and his teammates made baskets and free throws to win. they ended their 13-game losing streak (119-114).
WHAT TO REMEMBER
– Houston’s 13-game losing streak ends. The Rockets’ last win came on December 26th when they visited Chicago. Since then, Stephen Silas’ club have suffered 13 losses. A month of losing that ended even as Houston held the top spot in the NBA (11 wins – 36 losses).
– Monsters in alternating current. Chris Finch continues to scratch his head with this group, managing to alternate the good, the less good and the very bad in the same match. Apathetic at the beginning of the match, interested in the sequence, disconnected from others, clearly hopeless at the end, Anthony Edwards and his friends travel all over the states. And that’s the problem. “You are what you repeatedly do” the coach explains. “We often had problems with concentration in such matches. That’s part of the problem, and then we also didn’t have enough guys playing well. »
– Minnesota’s final position. A funny character depicted at the end of the game, where Jalen Green’s basket and Kenyon Martin Jr.’s interception gave the Rockets a 9-point lead (109-100) in the final minute. Anthony Edwards and his friends will wake up later to attempt a robbery. Very late.
Jalen Green. He had already scored 41 points twice, but went one better with a back-to-back 42. Above all, he lost only one ball and played in the rhythm of the attack, attacking the breaks and not hesitate to circle the ball first to conclude the movement at the end of the chain. As Stephen Silas explained after the match, the last two games between the two teams (by 9 and then 10 points) looked like losing against different Wolves defenses. This time he knew how to attack and punish them.
✅ Tari Eason. Although he missed a layup that allowed Anthony Edwards to laugh at him, Tari Eason was invaluable for the Rockets, especially early in the game. On the rebound, he brings positive energy to the team in the absence of Jabari Smith Jr. (11 points, 9 rebounds).
✅⛔ Anthony Edwards. These worms are very similar to Anthony Edwards as the linebacker/winger is also in AC. Consistently capable of blowing up defenses or taking matches alone on both ends of the court, he can always mentally come out of play, lose possessions and put in the necessary defensive effort. He ends up with the worst +/- in the game (-15), and that’s no fluke.
Houston (11-36): The Rockets will try to chase it down tomorrow night (2:00 p.m.) against the Wizards.
Minnesota (24-25): The Wolves will try to restore balance to the Pelicans tomorrow evening (02:00).