Promising heart Christian Wood led Houston with 25 functions (66.7% FG) and 14 rebounds, nevertheless the fast-handed Rockets couldn’t quite withhold up with the sizzling-taking pictures Suns on Monday night in Phoenix. 2nd-yr guard Kevin Porter Jr. added 20 functions and a profession-high 14 assists.
The Suns (38-15) have the Western Conference’s 2nd-supreme file, and they showed why early against the Rockets. In a sensational taking pictures picture, Phoenix connected on 18-of-24 pictures from 3-point fluctuate (75.0%) within the principle half, tying the NBA file for made 3-pointers in a half.
That place the Suns comfortably forward by 23 at the wreck, and they held on from there for the 126-120 rob (field derive). For the game, they shot 25-of-45 (55.6%) on 3-pointers. Outdated forward Jae Crowder led Phoenix with 26 functions on 8-of-12 taking pictures (66.7%) from 3-point fluctuate, while All-Megastar guard Devin Booker had 24 functions, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds.
Making issues worse, the Rockets would possibly per chance perhaps well well additionally simply not increase or fitter within the instantaneous future. With Eric Gordon (perfect-looking out groin), David Nwaba (perfect-looking out wrist), Danuel Residence Jr. (perfect-looking out ankle), and Dante Exum (perfect-looking out calf) already sidelined for some time, Houston was without Sterling Brown (sore left knee) on Monday and lost DJ Augustin early to an ankle sprain.
While the hurt file for Wednesday’s home game versus Indiana is not but out, early indications are not determined for both to play. Contemporary signing Armoni Brooks took wait on of the start minutes on Monday, scoring 14 functions on 4-of-5 taking pictures (80%) from 3-point fluctuate.
With Monday’s loss, Houston (14-40) concluded a winless three-game street time out and tied Minnesota for the NBA’s worst file within the 2020-21 season. Whether the Rockets truly carry out with the bottom impress is largely irrelevant, since their odds of getting a high-four draft rob (and thus, not losing it to Oklahoma City by a rob swap) are an identical, as long as they’re amongst the NBA’s three worst groups.
Explore below for a compilation of highlights and postgame response from Monday night. Wednesday’s tipoff is at 8: 00 p.m. Central.
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) April 13, 2021
The Suns have tied the NBA file for made threes in a half with 18. Jae Crowder has 26 functions, going 8-9 from three.
They went 18-24!!!!!!!!!!! FROM THREE!!!!!
— Cayleigh Griffin (@cayleighgriffin) April 13, 2021
The Suns are 18-24 from three… at halftime. That is not a misprint. They’re so ridiculously sizzling that the Rockets halftime crew is laughing and no one can blame them. pic.twitter.com/baAdkZatro
— ClutchFans (@clutchfans) April 13, 2021
#Rockets lose to Suns, 126-120. Porter Jr. had 22 pts & 14 assists (contemporary profession hi). Wood 25p, 15r. Armoni Brooks with his 1st NBA functions: 5-6 FG (4-5 on 3’s), 14 pts.
— Adam Wexler (@AdamJWexler) April 13, 2021
Rockets had another big taking pictures night against the Suns nonetheless it did not translate exact into a rob. Phoenix made 25 3’s & held on after leading by 24
Wood and KPJ had double-doubles. KPJ w/ a profession supreme 14 assists. Armoni Brooks scored his 1st 14pts of his NBA profession and made 4 3’s.
— Craig Ackerman (@ca_rockets) April 13, 2021
Stephen Silas on Armoni Brooks (@snipabrooks_): “That was awesome.That was awesome to find. Four of 5 from three.Had him in within the 4th quarter of a exact game & he was stepping up & making pictures.That was big. It was something actually cool to find.” @UHCougarMBK @HoustonRockets pic.twitter.com/J27zcJfe2u
— Note Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) April 13, 2021