Friday night’s matchup against the Phoenix Suns was supposed to be a nice relaxing evening for the Houston Rockets. They’ve clinched the No. 1 overall seed in the West, as well as the league’s best record, and are riding an 11-game win streak as the postseason fast approaches.
They were supposed to make easy work of the Suns, losers of 14 straight who have somehow managed to overtake the floundering Memphis Grizzlies as the worst team in the NBA.
Instead, the Rockets found themselves in a dog fight toward the end of regulation, and it took a former Suns player to rescue them from an embarrassing defeat. Trailing Phoenix 103-101 with just 1.4 seconds remaining, Gerald Green took the inbounds pass and calmly sank a corner three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Rockets a win and send the Suns to yet another loss.
Green finished the game with 15 points on 5-of-14 shooting, including 4-of-11 from downtown, in 28 minutes of action. James Harden led the way for the Rockets with 28 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds, two steals, and a block.
Houston was able to withstand a 27-point outburst from Josh Jackson, who initially put the Suns up two in the waning moments with a clutch basket with under two seconds remaining on the clock. The Rockets will travel to San Antonio on Sunday to face the Spurs next.