Rollin' In The Rye

Montrezl Harrell’s block leads to a high-flying alley-oop in transition

Montrezl Harrell has been a great spark plug for the Houston Rockets, and on Friday night, he’d give his home crowd a sequence that would be hard to forget.

At first, it seemed like Raymond Felton was going to make a great play – shifting through the Rockets’ defence on his way to a quick layup. Unfortunately for Felton, Harrell would erase his shot with a massive block off the glass. Immediately after his terrific block, Harrell would run the floor and get rewarded with an alley-oop feed from James Harden to give the Rockets a 72-55 lead with a minute remaining in the 1st half.

The Rockets would cruise their way to a win in the 2nd half, scoring the 2nd highest point total of any team this season to grab a 140-116 victory.

Harrell had the best game of his NBA career on Friday night, finishing with a career-high 29 points, to go along with 3 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal, and a block in 30 minutes of work. Despite coming off the bench, he’s had a bigger impact than their starting centre, Nene, in his last 5 games – averaging 16.6 points on 67 FG%, to go along with 3.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.4 blocks in 27 minutes a game. It’s safe to say that he’s earned some more minutes, and it’ll be interesting to see if the Rockets decide to put him in the starting lineup in the foreseeable future.

He’ll have a chance to continue his outstanding play on Saturday night, when his team takes on the New York Knicks at home with tipoff scheduled at 8:00 p.m. EST.

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