K.J. Martin Shines Amid Rockets’ Heartbreaking Loss To Clippers

K.J. Martin Shines Amid Rockets’ Heartbreaking Loss To Clippers

HOUSTON — After a 125-111 loss to the Phoenix Suns Sunday night, coach Stephen Silas said enhancing the team’s fourth-quarter execution was one of the most significant lessons the Houston Rockets could learn.

Twenty-four hours after their departure from the Footprint Center, the Rockets held a 93-90 lead over the Los Angeles Clippers with 43.4 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

The Rockets displayed the same passioned and intense play they showed against the Suns .. But Paul George’s late-game heroics resulted in the Rockets sustaining a 95-93 loss to the Clippers Monday night. George led Los Angeles with 35 points on 15-of-26 shooting from the field.

As a result of the loss, the Rockets finished their four-game west coast road trip winless while falling to 1-7 on the season.

K.J. Martin was the only player on the bench and gave the most impressive performance of his young career. He finished the game with a team-high 23 points, six rebounds and two blocks.

The Rockets were dependent on Martin’s contributions at both ends of the court as Houston was without Jae’Sean Tate, for the fifth consecutive season. Tate was unable to return to Houston due to an ankle injury that he suffered during training camp.

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In addition to Tate, the Rockets needed more contributions on the offensive side of the ball, with Jalen Green struggling inside the Crypto.com Arena. He finished the game with 13 points while shooting 23.5 percent from the field.

Alperen Sgun continued his impressive play after returning from illness. Sengun made his third start of the season and notched 14 points, nine rebounds and three assists. The Rockets will be returning to the Toyota Center on Wednesday night to take on the Clippers in the second half of their home and home series. Tip-off is slated for 7 PM CT.

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