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Led by Jabari Smith Jr., Rockets rookies showing out in summer league

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Jabari Smith Jr. and Tari Eason on Monday each showed out to lead the Houston Rockets to a win over the San Antonio Spurs in the Las Vegas Summer League.

Smith, the third overall pick, produced 19 points, nine rebounds, two steals, one assist and one blocked shot in the 97-84 win. He went 6-of-12 from the field, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range, in 28 minutes while tying a team-high of plus-23 on the court.

Eason finished with a game-high 22 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks for his third-straight double-double in Las Vegas. The No. 17 pick shot 9-of-16 from the field with two 3-pointers for his most efficient game of summer league.

Smith had his best game of the Rockets’ stint in Las Vegas on Monday. He hit the glass hard and displayed his ability to switch and guard smaller players throughout the contest. He has improved in each game as he looks to get more comfortable on the court.

Meanwhile, Eason continued his strong run with yet another double-double effort. He leads all players in that category and in rebounding through three games. He pushed the break on numerous occasions and had success finishing around the basket.

While Smith and Eason each had strong performances, TyTy Washington Jr. added eight points, four assists, three steals and two rebounds in 24 minutes of work. The 29th pick excelled in the open court and had some nice finishes, including a teardrop floater in the third quarter.

Certainly, the Rockets should be pleased with the showing from each of their rookies. With second-year players Josh Christopher (18 points) and Daishen Nix (18 points) also performing well, Houston appears to have some formidable pieces to build around.

The Rockets return to action on Thursday at 9:30 p.m. EDT.

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