Houston Rockets’ main player, Jalen Green, continued to climb as he scored a career-high 42 points in a 119-114 home win against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday.
The 20-year-old Green was the second overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft and lives up to the hype as one of the game’s most exciting young scorers.
Against the Timberwolves, Green had 42 points, four rebounds, steals and four assists with a block on 15 shots from the field and 6 on 12 from long range.
The performance came in just two games after Wednesday’s career-high 41-point draw against the Charlotte Hornets and is currently averaging 21.7 points per game with 4.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists.
Pivot Alperen Şengün put on another full performance in this best month of his career, and he wasn’t the only young candidate to show why the Rockets are seen as the future of the series.
Also in his second season after being drafted by the Rockets in 2021, Şengun added 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in eight shots in 12. The most notable aspect of his growth is his playmaking.
As a rookie, he averaged 2.6 assists per game and has amassed 18.2 points, 9.9 rebounds and 5.7 assists in 11 games since the start of the new year, after a top of 2.8 in October, November and December. . seven consecutive performance streaks with at least six assists.
Despite the win, the Rockets continue to hold the worst record in the NBA at 11-36, and Houston fans will be desperate to add future number one pick Victor Wembenyama to their promising young core.
The Bucks are the fourth team to reach 150 this season
The Milwaukee Bucks had their biggest offensive blast of the season, beating the Detroit Pistons 150-130.
Despite the Pistons scoring 130 points on their own and the final score looking competitive, the truth is they never had a chance as the Bucks were up 40-12 in just eight minutes of the game.
Led by two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo with 29 points (eight out of 15 shots), 12 rebounds and four assists, the Bucks posted the league’s second-highest score this season, beating only the Sacramento Kings’ 153-121 win. Brooklyn Nets in November.
Bulls have three wins in a row
The Chicago Bulls shared the longest winning streak of the season, beating the Atlanta Hawks 111-100 for the third time in a row.
In a shootout between the two teams in the Eastern Conference playoff bubble, it’s DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic who have come to the fore on an unproductive night for fiery Zach LaVine lately.
DeRozan added 26 points on 11 to 21 shooting, adding six assists and three steals.
The Bulls are now 22-24, one game behind the East’s eighth-placed Hawks (24-24).