In his rookie season in the NBA, Sam Dekker played in just three games and didn’t score a single point. Saturday night at Toyota Center, the 18th player taken in the 2015 NBA draft scored in double-figures for the second straight game in the Rockets 134-125 double overtime loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Dekker, who underwent back surgery last Novemeber, played 34 minutes scoring 16 points. He made 7 of his first 10 shots from the field
Motrezl Harrell scored a team-high 20 points and added 10 rebounds for the Rockets who lost for the first time all preseason.
Memphis led by a baker’s dozen after the first seven minutes of the game, but the Rockets were able to gain the lead in the second quarter before the half ended with the Grizzlies leading by two, and that lead was cut in half after three quarters.
The Rockets led by 3, but Troy Williams knocked down a 3-pointer with 39.7 seconds left. Vince Hunter and Tyler Ennis in the last three seconds to send the game to it’s first overtime.
Memphis led by 3 with in the last 10 seconds of overtime, but Ennis was fouled by Williams on a 3-point try. He drained all three free throws, and Wayne Selden missed a 20-footer at the buzzer to send the game to a second overtime that was tied with 3:25 left, but the Grizzlies closed the game with a 9-2 run to improve to 4-1 in preseason play.
James Harden only made two shots from the field, but finished an assist shy of a triple. He scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. He made all 10 of his free throw attempts.
Eric Gordon came off the Rockets bench for the first time this preseason, and scored 15 points.
Williams led Memphis with 23 points while Mike Conley added 19 and seven assists.