Jalen Green beats 30 again and makes rookie history as Kings smother Rockets

Jalen Green continued his scorching game streak with a game-high 32 points on Wednesday against Sacramento, and he set several NBA rookie records along the way. That didn’t lead to a win for the Rockets, however, who were edged out in Houston by the Kings, 121-118 (box score).

Green, who shot 6 of 14 from 3-point range (42.9%) in 37 minutes, set an NBA monthly record for treys by a rookie, and he also became the first rookie in NBA history. NBA to hit five or more 3-pointers. in four consecutive games. With 32 points, he joined Hall of Famer and former MVP Hakeem Olajuwon as the only Houston rookies to score more than 30 consecutive games.

Green had help from teammate Kevin Porter Jr., who recorded the first triple-double of his young NBA career with 30 points (64.7% FG, 40.0% on 3-point range), 12 rebounds and 12 assists . However, the shorthanded Rockets (20-57) haven’t had much production beyond their dynamic duo, especially with Alperen Sengun (left leg contusion) sidelined and veterans Christian Wood , Eric Gordon and Dennis Schroder continuing to rest in 2021. -22 regular season draws to a close.

The Kings (28-49) were led by their own first-round rookie in Davion Mitchell, who had a team-high 24 points and 8 assists on 11-of-22 shooting (50.0%). The Baylor University product also played solid defense against Porter on the final possession of the game, which ended with a rushing 3-pointer from Josh Christopher that missed the buzzer.

In losing, Houston maintained its position (tied with Detroit and Orlando) at the top of the intense race for positioning in the 2022 NBA Draft. With Wood and Sengun out, third-year big man Bruno Fernando took advantage of a rare occasion and scored a career-high 17 points in 22 minutes on 6-of-8 shooting (75.0%). He also grabbed 10 rebounds.

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