Jeremy Lamb was once a Houston Rocket. Didn't play a regular season minute for the franchise, but he was drafted and traded by them.
And on Sunday night in Oklahoma City — far more than James Harden — Lamb looked the like the talented two-guard trying to make the biggest statement against his former team.
In 26 efficient minutes, Lamb went 8-of-10 shooting for 22 points — five more than any Rocket — while adding five assists, five rebounds, two steals and a block.
“He's got great length, got a great stroke and he's a young kid,” said Houston coach Kevin McHale, who coached Lamb during the 2012 preseason. “So he's only going to get better.”
Harden finished 2-of-9 for eight points in 30 minutes.
REGGIE JACKSON BOUNCES BACK
After his first real rough stretch of the season — an 11-of-49 shooting performance the past three games — Reggie Jackson was frustrated.
“I got some easy looks,” Jackson said. “Unfortunately the shots didn't go in. But my teammates did a good job of encouraging me, telling me to keep finding those shots and eventually they'll fall.”