The young guns of the Houston Rockets surprised the reigning NBA champion Denver Nuggets, defeating them 114-106 in a thrilling contest at Ball Arena. This marks the Rockets' third win in their last four games and extends Denver's losing streak to three games.
The turning point of the match came in a dominant third quarter for the Rockets, where they outscored the Nuggets 40-26. Despite a valiant effort by the Nuggets in the final period, they were unable to overcome the deficit.
Current MVP Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with a double-double of 23 points and 16 rebounds, along with five assists. However, his shooting was off, connecting on only 9 of 26 attempts from the field. This is Jokic's second consecutive game with a poor shooting performance.
Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. provided support with 21 and 20 points, respectively. For the victorious Rockets, Jalen Green and Fred VanVleet were outstanding players with 25 and 26 points, respectively. Alperen Sengün, nicknamed "little Jokic," added a solid 17 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists to his tally.
With this victory, the young Rockets improve to a respectable 10-9 record, while the defending champions fall to 14-9, placing them third in the Western Conference. The Nuggets will now head to Atlanta to face the Hawks, where they will aim to end their losing streak and get back on track.
Oklahoma defeated Golden State in a tense overtime match
The "clash of generations," past and future, took place in Oklahoma, where the Thunder defeated the Golden State Warriors 138-136 in overtime. Chet Holmgren sank three clutch free throws to tie the game at 118-118 with eight seconds left in regulation, which the Thunder followed up with a 12-3 run in the first minutes of overtime.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 38 points, followed by Jaylen Williams with 28 and the aforementioned Holmgren with 21 points. For the Warriors, Stephen Curry led the scoring with 34 points. Jonathan Kuminga recorded a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Oklahoma is currently second in the West at 14-7, and the Warriors have fallen to 11th place at 10-12.