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Houston Rockets: Breaking Down Jae’Sean Tate’s Historic Night

N.B. Lindberg
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The Houston Rockets extended their win streak to four games Wednesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The come-from-behind victory saw them trail by as much as 15 points, and overcome an 11 point fourth-quarter deficit. 

So who led the Rockets’ charge? Was it Jalen Green? Nope. Then it must have been Kevin Porter Jr.? No, he left with a thigh contusion. Christian Wood? Not after he twisted his ankle. Eric Gordon? Keep guessing. Do you want the answer? It’s Jae’Sean Tate

Jae'Sean Tate's Historic Night

In 35.5 minutes, Tate had the best game of his career. He scored 32 points, grabbed 10 boards, dished 7 assists, swatted 5 blocks, and swiped 2 steals. His do it all production was buttressed by incredible efficiency. He went 11-of-15 from the floor, 9-of-10 from the free throw line, and committed only 3 turnovers. 

Jae’Sean Tate’s night wasn’t just a personal best, it was historic. He joined Hakeem Olajuwon as the only Rocket to finish a game with 30+ points, 10+ rebounds, 5+ assists, and 5+ blocks. 

How did Jae’Sean Tate, who has averaged 11.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 0.6 blocks a game in his young NBA career, turn into a transcendent superstar overnight? He simply stuck to the things that he’s good at. 

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