Jalen Green improves, but Blazers send Rockets to 10th straight home loss

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Prized rookie Jalen Green entered Friday in a massive slump for the Houston Rockets, averaging just 5.7 points and 1.3 assists in his last three games on 15.0% shooting and 11.8% on 3-pointers.

The good news is that he showed some signs of improvement versus Portland, tallying 17 points and 5 assists while getting to the free-throw line a team-high nine times. The bad news is that it was still not enough to win, with Houston losing to Portland, 125-110 (box score). The Rockets have now lost 10 straight home games at Toyota Center.

Christian Wood led the Rockets with 21 points (52.9% FG), 15 rebounds, and 2 blocks on Friday, while Garrison Mathews matched him for the team’s scoring lead with 21 points on 4-of-8 from 3-point range (50.0%). But outside of Mathews, the Rockets made just 6-of-33 on 3-pointers (18.2%), which was not nearly good enough versus a Trail Blazers squad that hit 17-of-39 from behind the 3-point arc (43.6%).

Portland’s starting backcourt of Anfernee Simons and CJ McCollum combined to score 53 points, including 9-of-18 on 3-pointers (50.0%). That nearly matched Houston’s total of 10 treys as a team. Veteran big man Jusuf Nurkic added 25 points and 13 rebounds on the interior.

KJ Martin scored a season-high 17 points off Houston’s bench on 8-of-11 shooting (72.7%), and the second unit’s energy — sparked by Martin and rookie guard Josh Christopher (11 points, 55.6% FG, 3 assists in 20 minutes) — helped the Rockets close the deficit to as little as four points in the fourth quarter. But they were unable to get over the hump.

The Rockets were short-handed for the game, with starting point guard Kevin Porter Jr. unavailable due to health and safety protocols.

Houston continues its four-game homestand with a visit from Golden State on Monday night. Until then, scroll on for highlights and postgame reaction following Friday’s busy night at Toyota Center.

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Highlights

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