With Clint Capela out with a thumb injury, the Houston Rockets mostly went small on Wednesday and Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen made them pay for that decision with a career night.
Allen scored 20 points with a career-high 24 rebounds in his first career 20/20 game and also blocked three shots while logging a career-high 43 minutes.
The second-year big man was aggressive going to the basket and was Ed Davis-esque with his rebounding efficiency — the kid was all over the glass all night, helping Brooklyn to a 23-14 edge in second-chance points and a 57-47 advantage overall on the boards.
With the rebounding frenzy, Allen took over the team lead from Davis, as he is now averaging 8.7 boards per game this season in just 27 minutes per game. His per-36 minutes rebounding rate is up nearly two from last season, 11.6 this season as opposed to 9.7 as a rookie.
Put it another way — in 44 games this season, Allen has 383 total rebounds … five fewer than he had in 72 games in 2017-18.
Joe Harris had a very solid night in a career-high 43 minutes, even with missing a free throw with 34 seconds left in regulation — on his first attempt of the game, so there was no pressure there — and committing a bad foul on a James Harden 3-point attempt in overtime.
Harris had a big rebounding night on Monday against the Boston Celtics, but on Wednesday he became Joe the Distributor with a career-high seven assists.
His 42 starts this season are already more than the 26 he had in his first four seasons combined and he’s averaging 13.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 29.9 minutes per game, while shooting career-highs across the board at 50.4 percent overall, 47.4 percent from 3 and 84.4 percent at the line.
That 3-point shooting mark is third in the NBA behind Seth Curry of the Portland Trail Blazers and Davis Bertans of the San Antonio Spurs, while he is fifth in the league in both True Shooting Percentage (64.8) and Effective FG Percentage (62.7).