The Houston Rockets snapped their three-game losing streak with a 110-101 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night. Dillon Brooks spearheaded the effort with a 23-point performance, playing a crucial role in turning the tide for the Rockets. Aaron Holiday, coming off the bench, added a season-high 22 points, impressively matching a career-best with six 3-pointers and contributing six rebounds in 27 minutes.
“I think I am a pretty good shooter,” Holiday commented post-game. "Every shot I shoot, I think it’s going in. Sometimes it just doesn’t, that’s the way it goes. For the most part, I think they are going in”.
His confidence and sharpshooting were pivotal in Houston's climb to a 9-9 record, with all their wins coming at home. Alperen Sengun also made significant contributions with 21 points, six rebounds, and seven assists. Meanwhile, Jabari Smith set a new personal record with 18 rebounds, aiding the Rockets to dominate the boards with a 53-30 advantage.
Thunder's Efforts Fall Short
Despite a strong 33-point performance from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the Thunder couldn't maintain their recent winning momentum. Oklahoma City’s starters, other than Gilgeous-Alexander, struggled with efficiency, combining for just 29 points on 10 of 38 shooting.
Jalen Williams added 13 points for the Thunder, but rookie center Chet Holmgren finished with only four points alongside his six blocked shots, as the team's record dropped to 13-7. Thunder coach Mark Daigneault reflected on the game, noting, “It never felt like we had control of the game.
I thought they were outplaying us, and it felt like that. We had a chance. We had a chance to string together a little bit of energy and obviously we couldn’t do that tonight”. Rockets coach Ime Udoka summed up the game, “We finished (the third quarter) well.
Rolled that over into the fourth quarter, and the message was, you let this team hang around, and they’re gonna start making shots, and they got some elite scorers”.