Summer League Recap: Rockets 101, Nets 75

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By Josh Cohen
July 11, 2014

ORLANDO -- Like the old adage says, it’s not how you start it’s how you finish.

The Houston Rockets adopted this motto at the 2014 Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League. They started 0-4 before crushing the Brooklyn Nets, 101-75, in the last game of the competition.

And though the Rockets have their attention on potential free agent acquisitions and trades, they must have liked the way several of the youngsters looked.

Nick Johnson, the 42nd overall pick of the Rockets in 2014, continued his splendid play with a triple-double (15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists). Jermaine Marshall poured in a game-high 21 points and Miro Bilan added 14 points and seven rebounds.

“I was just trying to get us a win,” Johnson said. “Something (versaility) that really defines my game. I think I do a lot of things really really good.”

Houston did most of its damage in transition. It had 29 points on fast breaks, 15 more than the Nets.

Brooklyn was led by Cory Jefferson, who shot 8-of-12 from the field and finished with 19 points and seven rebounds. DaJaun Summers also delivered a solid outing with 14 points.

It was also the Nets debut for Sergey Karasev, who was acquired in the three-team trade from the Cavaliers that also involved Jarrett Jack. The 19th overall pick of the 2013 draft posted 11 points, four rebounds and three assists.

The Nets struggled with their touch from distance, going 5-of-17 from 3-point range.