Terrence Jones after his big game
Terrence Jones seized the opportunity on Wednesday night to have a breakout game in a Rockets win.
Jones had a career-high 14 points and 12 rebounds, including eight on the offensive end.
This was Jones' first minutes since his April 1 call-up from the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers. It was his first minutes with the Rockets in the calendar year 2013, his first minutes since December 19.
He made the most of it.
Jones seemed like a man possessed, adding in a couple of dunks and nearly a third dunk off an offensive rebound.
"I was just excited, nervous, everything at the same time," Jones said. "I just wanted to make sure I helped the team get a win."
With his lack of minutes on the season, the Rockets have been sending the rookie from Kentucky back and forth to the D-League to get some minutes and to get some experience.
"I just feel blessed for the opportunity," Jones said. "I just worked hard, I felt. Just going from the D-League back to the NBA, I just felt it helped me mature."
"Terrence played very well," Kevin McHale said. "He had a great practice (Tuesday). I kind of told our staff, 'We're giving everybody a shot at that spot, we might as well give Terrence a shot.' And he did a great job. He played really well down in the Valley. I was watching him. As the year's progressed, Terrence has just gotten more comfortable with what we're asking him to do. He's just getting better and better and better. So I was really happy for him."
With Jones playing so well, McHale left Jones on the court to finish out the game. The power forward's teammates were ecstatic for him.
"Man... what can you say?" Jeremy Lin said with a smile. "You're a rookie. You go to the D-League 10 times. You don't play at all. You come off the bench with a double-double in a huge road win. I mean, that has to feel great. I couldn't be happier for stories or people like that because you spend months and months and months waiting for your turn. And he really capitalized tonight."