National Basketball Association
Houston 111, Memphis 91
When: 8:00 PM ET, Wednesday, November 22, 2023
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Officials: #65 Nate Green, #12 CJ Washington, #55 Bill Kennedy
Attendance: 18055

Jalen Green scored 26 of his season-high 34 points in the second half to lead the Houston Rockets to a 111-91 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, extending their homecourt winning streak to seven games.

After laboring to find his stroke in the first half, Green caught fire following the intermission. He made 10 of 16 shots from the floor in the second half while tallying 13 points in each period.

His scoring flurry late in the third quarter, one that included a 3-pointer and a thunderous dunk following a drive to the rim, positioned the Rockets to take a 74-68 lead entering the final period.

Houston opened the fourth with a Jae'Sean Tate steal and assist on a transition three from Fred VanVleet (16 points, seven rebounds). Green added another driving layup and a pullup jumper that extended the margin to 84-70, setting the table for the Rockets to cruise to victory.

Jabari Smith Jr. added 18 points and nine rebounds, while Alperen Sengun paired 11 points with seven rebounds for the Rockets.

Desmond Bane and Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 23 points apiece for the Grizzlies. Both also grabbed seven rebounds.

Excluding Bane, who made 4 of 6 shots while scoring eight points in the frame, the Grizzlies didn't shoot particularly well in the first period. But Memphis did make 13 trips to the foul line, converting 11 free throws while building an 11-point lead. The Rockets' poor shooting played a role, as Houston made 38.1% of its attempts while committing three turnovers in the first.

The Rockets turned a 15-5 run, bridging the first two periods into a 31-30 lead following 3-pointers from Smith, Sengun and Tari Eason. But Houston failed to maintain that momentum, even after Bane went to the bench with his third foul at the 5:52 mark of the second quarter.

Memphis erased a four-point deficit with Bane off the court, closing the half with a 13-8 push to a 46-45 lead. While Bane and Jackson combined for 27 points on 9-of-15 shooting prior to the break, Green and VanVleet totaled 11 points while missing 12 of 16 shots, including all eight 3s.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Memphis   Houston
Desmond Bane 23 Scoring Jalen Green 34
Desmond Bane 4 Assists Jalen Green 4
John Konchar 11 Rebounds Jabari Smith Jr. 9
Desmond Bane 9 Free Throws Made Dillon Brooks 5
Desmond Bane 1 Steals Fred VanVleet 2
Bismack Biyombo 2 Blocks Alperen Sengun 3
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Memphis 91 32.9 7-32 30-35 17 46 7 3 9
Houston 111 43.5 14-43 17-20 22 49 6 6 7
Upcoming Games
  • Houston will play their next game at home against Denver. The Rockets have a W/L % of .714 after a win and .333 after a loss.
  • Memphis will play their next game at home against Phoenix. The Grizzlies have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .273 after a loss.