Monday, July 13, 2015

Recap: Rockets 108, Suns 89

The Houston Rockets (2-0) could not have gotten off to a better start in their 2015 NBA Summer League game against the Phoenix Suns (1-1) Sunday afternoon at UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center. The Lone Star State squad jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first 121 seconds and built a 17-point edge less than halfway through the first quarter en route to a 108-89 victory.
The Rockets' 13-point outburst was sparked by eight points off 3-of-4 shooting from the field and five more tallies from the free-throw line. Glen Rice was responsible for four of the points, while D.J. Kennedy and Will Cummings chipped in four apiece.
Phoenix, on the other hand, was hindered by a turnover as a result of an offensive foul after the opening tip and a 0-for-4 start from the field.
The opening frame ended with Houston leading by 11. That advantage jumped to 14 early in the second quarter, but dwindled to two behind a 16-4 run in less than four minutes by the Suns. Mike James and Justin Harper combined for 11 of those points.
With the game separated by one possession, the Rockets' offense awoke and rattled off a 14-4 run of their own to put double digits between themselves and the Suns.
Phoenix managed to pull within four on three occasions late in the third quarter only to see Houston counter and ultimately lead by as much as 25 with 2:50 remaining in regulation.
The Rockets had six players reach double figures in scoring with 21 from Kennedy and 20 more from Rice. Cummings ended with 18, while Alan Williams had 16. Montrezl Harrell and Christian Wood had 11 apiece.
T.J. Warren paced the Suns with a game-high 22 points, while Archie Goodwin and James chipped in 20 and 10, respectively.
Houston returns to action Monday with a 7:00 p.m. ET affair against the Toronto Raptors in the Cox Pavilion, while Phoenix will face the Utah Jazz Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. in the TMC.

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