January 29 News Today, the Rockets reversed the Pistons 117-114 away, ending their two-game losing streak.
After the game, Lucas Sr., the assistant coach of the Rockets, talked about Kenyon Martin Jr. in an interview.
Martin Jr. started this game, but had a dispute with Lucas Sr. in the early stages of the game. He once sat on the sidelines with his arms crossed, and did not respond when his team scored on the court.
When talking about this matter, the old Lucas said: “Martin Jr. quarreled with me at the time because he lost his switch man and fouled twice shortly after the start of the game. I put him on the bench, I think
Let them know one thing — they’re all going to play hard. I’m not going to reward you for not playing seriously.”
Martin Jr. played 27 minutes in this game, 7 of 11 shots (0 of 1 three-pointer), 1 of 2 free throws, scored 15 points and 13 rebounds in a double-double, plus 1 assist and 1 block.
With 34.1 seconds left before the finale, the Rockets trailed by 3 points. Martin Jr. had an additional penalty against a layup. Although the penalty was missed, Tate missed the first tip-up after the Rockets grabbed the rebound.
In the end, the Rockets made it through.