Houston Rockets Fall To Kings In Another Second Half Collapse

Houston Rockets Fall To Kings In Another Second Half Collapse

With his family and friends in attendance, Jalen Green expressed his desire to break free from his latest shooting slump.

After scoring a season-low nine points against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Green spent Tuesday morning working alongside Houston Rockets assistant coach John Lucas II to get back into rhythm.

Although he scored 26 points (9-25 FG, 3-12 3PT) in a loss against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night, Green snapped out of his slump during the second night of the Rockets’ two-game series.

He scored 25 of his 27 points in the first half. But once again, the Green’s homecoming was derailed in a 139-114 loss to the Kings inside the Golden 1 Center.

Green finished the night shooting 10-for-21 from the field, 5-for-9 from behind the arc.

Although the Rockets outscored the Kings 69-66 in the first half, Houston was unable to avoid its inevitable second-half collapse.

The Kings outscored Houston 43-26 during the third quarter. They connected on 15 of their 23 attempts (65.2 percent) during the period. Harrison Barnes led the Kings with 27 points while making five of Sacramento’s 20 triples.

Domantas Sabonis recorded his fifth triple-double of the season with 19 points, 16 assists and 15 rebounds.

Jabari Smith Jr. had a comeback performance after scoring eight points in Game 1. He finished with 27 points (11 of 20 FG), eight rebounds and three blocks.

Alperen Sengun followed up his first career triple-double performance with 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds in the loss. Kevin Porter Jr. missed his second game of the season with a left foot contusion.

Garrison Mathews, who scored eight points in nine minutes, went down with 11 minutes, 9 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

He was engaged in a scuffle with Kings guard Malik Monk. The row also led to the expulsion of Tari Eason and Chimezie Metu.

After the loss, the Rockets will continue their road trip to California on Sunday night against the Los Angeles Clippers. A tip-off is scheduled for 2pm CT inside the Crypto.com Arena.

Houston is 4-18 on the road.

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