Monday, July 13, 2015

Recap: Rockets 111, D-League Select 104

The Houston Rockets went into their first NBA Summer League game knowing two of their coveted 2015 NBA draft picks would not be playing.
It didn't stop them, though, from coming out on top Friday night.
Led by Alan Williams' game-high 27 points, the Rockets defeated NBA D-League Select, 111-104, in the last game of the night at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.
Williams, an undrafted rookie forward out of UC Santa Barbara, filled the void of forwards Sam Dekker (No. 18 pick) and Montrezl Harrell (No. 32 pick), who didn't play because of a "coach's decision." Dekker was in street clothes on the Rockets' bench, alongside former Arizona standout Nick Johnson.
Williams, who led the NCAA in rebounding the last two seasons, scored 18 of his 27 points in the first half to give the Rockets a 55-49 lead at the break.
He also pulled down 10 rebounds, including four on offense, and had three assists in 27 minutes of action. He finished 10 of 18 from the floor and 7-for-9 from the free-throw line.
Glen Rice, the Most Valuable Player of the 2014 NBA Summer League, added 20 points and six rebounds for the Rockets, who got 14 points apiece from Will Cummings and D.J. Kennedy.
Christian Wood, an undrafted forward out of UNLV, had nine points, five rebounds and two blocks in his NBA debut. He was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field for the Rockets, who shot 40-for-73 (54.8 percent) from the floor and led by as many as 19 points in the contest.
Former Tennessee standout Scotty Hopson led the NBA D-League Select with 27 points on 8 of 16 shooting. He aggressively drove the lane all night and made it a point to get to the free-throw line, as he finished 10 of 12 from the stripe.
Taylor Griffin, the older brother of Clippers forward Blake Griffin, provided 15 points for the NBA D-League Select, and teammate Justin Dentmon scored 14. Joe Jackson and Matt Bouldin each added 11 points for the NBA D-League Select, which finished 33 of 76 (43.4 percent) from the field.
Both teams return to action on Sunday as Houston faces the Phoenix Suns at 1:30 p.m. The NBA D-League Select team will take on the Washington Wizards at 1 p.m.

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