NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Washington 25 18 28 37 108
Houston 30 28 23 22 103
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5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 PM CTNaN:� , January 25, 2023
Toyota Center, Houston, Texas  Attendance: 15,302

Red-hot Jalen Green, Rockets welcome Wizards

According to STATS
According to STATS

Washington Wizards at Houston Rockets

  1. The Rockets are 3-1 (.750) against the Wizards since 2020-21. Washington is one of three teams that Houston has a winning record against over the last three seasons (also Orlando and Oklahoma City).
  2. The Wizards got a 127-126 win in Dallas on Tuesday. It was the first time that Washington went on the road and won despite allowing 120+ points since a 133-132 win over Indiana on May 8, 2021.
  3. Monte Morris has dished out five or more assists without a turnover in three straight games, his second such streak this season. Prior to Morris, the last Wizards player to have such a streak was Tyronn Lue in November 2002.
  4. The Rockets snapped a 13-game losing streak with a 119-114 win over Minnesota on Monday while shooting 50.0 percent from the field. Houston is 4-2 (.667) when making at least half of its shots this season and 7-34 (.171) in all other games.
  5. Jalen Green, who will turn 21 years old on February 9, had his third career 40-point game on Monday. In NBA history, only LeBron James (8), Anthony Edwards (5), Kevin Durant (4) and Luka Doncic (4) had more 40-point games before turning 21.
  6. The Rockets are getting 15.0 percent of their made field goals this season from dunks. That is the second-highest mark in the NBA, trailing only Cleveland (15.5%).

Houston Rockets guard Jalen Green enjoyed a second consecutive home game of rampaging an opposing defense, torching the Minnesota Timberwolves for a career-high 42 points on Monday.

Green will look to build on that effort when the Rockets play host to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.

Against Minnesota, Green shot 15 of 25 and made six of his 2 3-point attempts. That followed a 16-for-24 shooting display against the Charlotte Hornets on Jan. 18 when Green matched his previous career high of 41 points. Fits and spurts have defined this season for Green, the second overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. But when he excels, the potential is blinding.

"Again, 20 years old," Rockets coach Stephen Silas said of Green, whose 21st birthday is Feb. 9. "We shouldn't expect him to be 100 percent polished. He's just coming along."

The Rockets snapped a 13-game losing skid on Monday behind Green, who added four rebounds and four assists to his ledger. As noteworthy as his individual brilliance was the cohesion he shared with second-year center Alperen Sengun, who continued his recent uptick with 21 points (on 8-of-12 shooting), seven rebounds and seven assists.

Rockets point guard Kevin Porter Jr. missed his sixth consecutive game with a foot injury on Monday. During that stretch, Sengun is averaging 21 points (on 69.3 percent shooting), 10.7 rebounds and 6.5 assists with increased offensive orchestration duties.

Without Porter, who averages 19.2 points and 5.6 assists, siphoning shots, Green is averaging 28.6 points (on 49.5 percent shooting) and 3.6 assists.

As Houston continues to trudge along in its protracted rebuild, questions continue to arise over which players should set the foundation for the future. While the sample size is small, the simultaneous growth Green and Sengun is creating optimism.

"They've had a connection most of the season," Silas said of Green and Sengun. "They've done a good job. Yeah, those two 20-year-olds are finding their way."

The Wizards opened a five-game road trip with a 127-126 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, doing so without Kristaps Porzingis, who is week-to-week because of a sprained left ankle.

Washington won a third consecutive game despite missing its second-leading scorer, Porzingis, and trading its fourth-leading scorer, Rui Hachimura, to the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday.

Without Porzingis and Hachimura, the Wizards had to dig a bit deeper into their bench.

Reserve forward Deni Avdija, who stands to benefit the most with Hachimura in Los Angeles, posted a double-double (15 points and 10 rebounds) while adding three assists and three steals in 32 minutes on Tuesday. The Wizards went small on occasion with Porzingis unavailable, and they were able to generate timely defensive pressure down the stretch against the Mavericks.

For one night, the Wizards unlocked a winning formula, with Delon Wright's steal in the final second sealing the victory over Dallas. The goal is to do so again in Houston.

"We've got a long road trip ahead," Wizards coach Wes Unseld Jr. said, "but it could be a catalyst for something. To be a little short-handed, to be able to compete on the road, an area in which we've struggled at times, to be able to come away with one is terrific."

--Field Level Media

Updated January 25, 2023

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