The Houston Rockets' 132-126 victory over the Atlanta Hawks was their finest performance of the season. Down 15 points in towards the end of the third quarter, the Rockets' bench led a comeback for the ages.
Over the final 13 minutes and 44 seconds, the Rockets outscored the Hawks 50-29. The comeback wasn't led by the usual cast of characters. Christian Wood, Garrison Mathews, and Armoni Brooks combined for zero fourth-quarter minutes.
Instead, Alperen Sengun, D.J. Augustin, and David Nwaba, along with the rejuvenated Eric Gordon gashed the Hawks defense at will.
While there were plenty of worthy candidates, these are two studs and one dud from the Rockets victory over the Hawks.
Houston Rockets Stud #2: D.J. Augustin
D.J. Augustin had a near-perfect night. He went seven for nine from the field and six of seven from 3-point range for 22 points. His next-level efficiency was needed to offset the poor shooting performance of the Rockets' starters.
Augustin may have only dished one assist, but he had no turnovers and, most importantly, he saved his best for last. In the Rockets' 44-point fourth quarter, Augustin contributed 16 of them and posted a plus/minus of +21.
Augustin is nearing the end of his career, and this could be his final game-changing performance. Hopefully, he has a few more games where he turns into Steph Curry.