Rockets Cut Down The Nets
Houston advances to Orlando summer league title game with 92-76 win over Brooklyn
HOUSTON - Their respective summer league records suggested that Thursday’s tilt between winless Brooklyn and the undefeated Rockets might be a mismatch. The vast majority of the game itself made the disparity between the two clubs appear greater still.
Houston pounced on the Nets right from the opening tip, racing out to a somewhat unfathomable 25-6 lead after a first quarter that saw Brooklyn connect on just two of its 18 shots from the field while turning the ball over seven times. And though the Rockets eased off the gas pedal the rest of the way, they never came close to finding themselves threatened while cruising home to a 92-76 victory.
The win brought Houston’s summer league record to a perfect 4-0, putting them on top of the Orlando Summer League standings with 21 points as part of a newly-implemented scoring system that gives each team three points for a win and an additional point for each quarter won along the way. It also sets up a championship showdown between Houston and Oklahoma City that will take place Friday at 11 AM CST.
As they’ve done throughout the week, the Rockets relied on their disruptive defense and fast-paced, balanced scoring attack to carry the day. Houston had five players record double-digit scoring totals, with Terrence Jones and Robert Covington pacing the team with 16 points apiece. B.J. Young provided the club with a big boost off the bench, scoring 15 points in a reserve role, Courtney Ware knocked down a team-high four three-pointers, and Greg Smith led all players with 9 rebounds to go along with his 12 points.
And-1s: Rockets rookie Isaiah Canaan missed his fourth straight game with a sprained right ankle. He continues to be listed as day-to-day.
With their win Thursday over Brooklyn, the Rockets improved their summer league record to 33-6 since 2005.