Terrence Jones had spent the season racking up frequent flier miles to and from the D-League, practically making the trip from Houston to McAllen a commute. He had just returned from his latest and greatest stint with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Monday and by Wednesday, was just the lift the Rockets needed to drive them past the Sacramento Kings, 112-102.
With the win, the Rockets reduced their magic number to clinch a playoff spot to three. They clinched their 18th winning season since 1992-93. Only the Spurs, with 20, have had more in that span, although the Jazz could get their 19th and Lakers their 18th.
The Rockets, however, were talking about the latest power forward in their rotation and his sensational 14-point, 12-rebound performance that was crackling with energy and highlighted by late-game plays when the Rockets finally secured the win.
“What can you say,” said Jeremy Lin, who had 15 points and 10 assists. “You’re a rookie. You go to the D-League 10 times. You don’t play at all and you come off the bench with a double-double and a huge road win. That has to feel great. I couldn’t be happier for stories and people like that because you spend months and months waiting for your turn. He really capitalized tonight.”
Terrence Jones talks about his breakout game here…