Greene Drops 40 as Rockets Eclipse Suns
Posted Jul 14 2008 11:20PM
Houston 100, Phoenix 97
LAS VEGAS, July 14 – In the highest scoring game of the week, Donte Greene's 40-point performance lifted the Rockets to a 100-97 victory over the Phoenix Suns at the NBA Summer League Presented by EA SPORTS in Las Vegas on Monday.
The contest wasthe first game of the 2008 NBA Summer League played inside the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV.
Supporting Greene in the win was Michael Harris' double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds and Maarty Leunen's16 points.
"I didn't know that it was a record – I was just here to get a W," said Greene on nearly breaking the Summer League scoring record. "Once I got to 36, Phoenix started keying in on me a lot more, so I started to look for my teammates to get them going. I got Aaron (Brooks) going, and Maarty (Leunen), and Mike Harris and we got the win."
The team effort of the Suns set the pace in the opening stanza as they got their lead up to as high as 12. Greene kept his squad close, scoring an impressive 19 of his team's 25 points in the first 10 minutes.
Hot shooting from both teams highlighted the first half as Phoenix shot 53.8 percent, 71.4 percent from behind the arc, and extended their lead to 13, while Houston shot 52.6 percent from the field.
The Rockets were the squad that came out of the break with all the momentum as they cut their deficit from 13 to five, including an and-one floater with 0.2 seconds left in the quarter by Brooks.
Houston played tough as they cut the lead to one with 2 minutes to go on a Greene alley-oop from Russell Robinson. The game stayed tight in the final minutes when Houston took their first lead of the game, 98-97 on a reverse lay-up by Leunen from a great pass by Greene. The Suns' D.J. Strawberry attempted a three-pointer as time expired, but it was just off the mark.
Notes: Phoenix squares off against San Antonio in Thursday's first game in the Thomas & Mack Center and Houston meets Cleveland in the final game on Wednesday night against Cleveland also in Thomas & Mack Center.