Rockets players orchestrated a healthy rebound plan to get Kevin Porter Jr. his first triple-double


Let’s be honest, you weren’t watching the final minute of the Houston Rockets 102-89 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night. Rightly so, maybe, but as a result you’ve missed out on one of the funniest, healthiest moments of the season so far.

Down 15 with less than 90 seconds left, the Thunder brought the ball onto the pitch and Aleksej Pokusevski led and kicked Theo Maledon. He missed a wide-open 3-pointer from the corner, a shot that no one on the Thunder was interested in chasing. This gave the Rockets a chance to pull off a cheeky triple-double heist.

The rebound went straight to Rockets big man Alperen Sengun, but instead of grabbing the ball he simply kicked it into open space. Josh Christopher then started yelling at Kevin Porter Jr. to “take the ball” so loud you could hear him during the broadcast. A momentarily confused Porter ran and Christopher celebrated with an emphatic fist pump. Why? Because with that rebound, Porter got his first career triple-double.

Is this really going to represent the 10th rebound for Porter? Who knows. Porter, who finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 11 of 4 of 17 assists on the field, recorded one of the most fragile triple doubles of all time? You could do the case. Was it still awesome? Absoutely.

Christopher may have just won the teammate of the year award with this coin. First of all, it’s an incredible awareness. Not only did he know exactly where Porter was with his stats, but he orchestrated the situation to perfection by calling Sengun back and directing Porter towards the ball. Then the excitement when his plan paid off and Porter got his triple-double was delicious. You can’t teach these kinds of intangibles.

Between helping Porter secure his triple-double and securing a third straight win, the vibes are finally starting to change in Houston. They are still just 4-16, but they no longer have the worst record in the league and the winning streak should take some of the relief out of coach Stephen Silas.

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