The Houston Rockets have had a whirlwind past couple days. After trading James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets, they are looking to suffer now with the hope of a positive future. In addition, now that Harden is gone, it means some of the other Rockets players have the possibility to shine and center Christian Wood took advantage of the opportunity.
In a nationally televised game, Wood scored 27 points and tied a season high 15 rebounds as the Rockets defeated the San Antonio Spurs 109-105. In addition to Wood’s breakout performance, Sterling Brown stepped in after Harden’s exit and scored 23 points, nearly doubling his season high.
The Rockets and Spurs were ever throughout the game. Both teams had their times of dominance but overall it was a competitive contest. The game really got fun in the final stretch. With the Spurs up by as much as nine with less than five minutes left, Wood and Brown hit back-to-back three’s. The Rockets competed the comeback in a couple minutes as Wood hit another three to tie things up at 101 with 2:47 left. After that, the Rockets had the momentum and closed things out with some crucial free throws and a three by Jae’Sean Tate with a little over a minute left.
"The headphones might be broken, I don't know if you guys can hear me." 😂
Rockets are hype for Christian Wood. pic.twitter.com/IOvglrcLOc
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) January 15, 2021
It may have been one game but the Rockets looked pretty good. There is still a lot of work to be done and no one is saying the Rockets will be title contenders or anything but at least for one night, it had to have been a nice win for Rockets fans after the past couple days.