A good remedy for what ailed the Rockets was a visit from the NBA’s worst team. Houston did not trail at all on Saturday night against the Milwaukee Bucks and grabbed a 114-104 win.
Terrence Jones was absolutely sensational, posting a new career high, 36 points and did it while missing just six of his 20 shots. He carried the Rockets in the second quarter with 21 points and said after the game.
“It was a lot of fun out there to play with Dwight and James and everybody,” Jones said after the his incredible performance. "I’m learning a lot every day. A lot of teams play Dwight differently, I just try to read that.”
He did a great job finding open lanes and helped the Rockets tie their season high with 66 points in the paint. Dwight Howard added 20 points and 14 rebounds and James Harden scored 22 points.
The game was over when
Jones put one more exclamation point on his sensational night with a block on O.J. Mayo’s jumper. He grabbed the ball, then dropped a spin-move on Mayo to get past him and took it coast-to-coast for the layup to put the Rockets up by 15 with just under two and a half minutes remaining.
Highlight of the night
See the above play, the crowd and the Rocket bench rose to their feet when Jones pulled that off.
Numbers of the night
Jones had 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting – in the first half. His 25 points were the most points for any Rockets player in the first half of a game this season. Jones had 21 of those points and that is also a season high for points in any quarter this season for the Rockets.
The Rockets will face one of the best teams in the western conference on Monday when Portland Trail Blazers visit Toyota Center for the first time this season. The teams split their two meetings so far this season, both games in Portland. Houston beat the Blazers early in the season on Nov. 5, 116-101, shooting 54.7 percent from the floor. Portland topped Houston 111-104, on Dec. 12, with LaMarcus Aldridge posting 31 points and 25 rebounds.