Houston is set to host the New Orleans Pelicans at Toyota Center on Sunday, trying to match its longest winning streak in more than two years. The last time they won more than six in a row was Nov. 4-19, 2019 (eight games). Friday night, five Rockets scored in double figures in their 118-116 victory over the visiting Orlando Magic, a win that came with rookie guard Jalen Green (hamstring) sidelined for a fourth consecutive game.
Brooks was a sharpshooter for the Houston Cougars in college and shot a career 39.7 percent from three. After having a career high of 13.4 points per game for his final season at UH, Brooks decided to take a leap to the NBA. Brooks felt completely confident after a huge game versus the Kentucky Wildcats, as he led all scorers with 20 points and six made threes on 50 percent shooting from deep.
As the Houston Rockets headed into the locker room at halftime, there was a multitude of factors that led to the dejected looks on the faces of the players. They trailed the Orlando Magic by two points after leading most of the second quarter. Starting point guard Kevin Porter Jr. reinjured himself and displayed a slight limp in his walk, and center Christian Wood was in a shooting slump, having scored just two points.