Ime Udoka and the Houston Rockets, snapped their three-game losing streak against the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, and Golden State Warriors with a decisive 111-91 victory over the struggling Memphis Grizzlies.
Jalen Green led the Rockets to victory with a season-high 34 points, while also contributing four assists and two rebounds. Jabari Smith Jr. came close to a double-double with 18 points, nine rebounds, and two assists, while veteran guard Fred VanVleet added 16 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.
Desmond Bane led the Grizzlies with 23 points, seven rebounds, and four assists while reigning Defensive Player of the Year Jaren Jackson Jr. also chipped in with 23 points.
Jalen Green had been struggling with his shot in recent games, but he bounced back in a big way against the Grizzlies, making 13 of his 26 shots. His performance drew praise from coach Ime Udoka.
“I showed him some shots that he may have passed up when they’re going under sometimes, and tonight he took all those,” Udoka said. “And so make or miss, which he missed some early, he stayed aggressive and kept shooting and that’s what Memphis gives up. And he took advantage of that.”