3 studs, 2 duds from Rockets' Summer League championship loss versus Cavaliers

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The Houston Rockets had a wildly successful showing in the NBA 2K24 Summer League, reaching the championship after an easy drubbing over the Utah Jazz on Sunday. The Rockets' next opponent was the Cleveland Cavaliers, and it was clear that they were going to be a much more difficult opponent.

The Cavs jumped out to a 17-4 lead early in the game, leaving Rockets fans in disbelief. After all, this Rockets team had no issue scoring buckets throughout their entire stint in Vegas, as the Rockets averaged 104.8 points, which ranks first in the league.

The Rockets turned on the offense, going on a 19-4 run, trimming their deficit to 41-38 at the half. Unfortunately, the Rockets weren't able to stave off defeat in the second half and fell 99-78.

3 studs, 2 duds in Rockets' Summer League title game

The Rockets had no answer for Isaiah Mobley, the older brother of Cavs star big man Evan Mobley, in part because Rockets point guard Trevor Hudgins found himself constantly being asked to defend Mobley and there's a significant size disadvantage there, as Hudgins stands six-feet tall, while Mobley stands 6-foot-8.

Mobley terrorized the Rockets to the tune of 28 points on 12-of-20 from the field and 11 rebounds. The Rockets had bright spots and not so bright spots throughout the game, as is always the case, in spite of the double-digit loss,

Let's dive into the stellar performances and the forgettable ones from the Rockets' championship game.