Alperen Sengun Sets New Franchise Record Despite Close Contest Loss to Lakers

HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 10: Alperen Sengun #28 of the Houston Rockets shoots the ball during warm-up prior to the preseason game against the Indiana Pacers at Toyota Center on October 10, 2023 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images)

LeBron James and Anthony Davis overcame injuries, leading the Lakers to a crucial close contest 105-104 win against the Houston Rockets.

The Lakers quickly went up 7-0 with Davis scoring back-to-back and D’Angelo Russell hitting a 3-pointer, while Dillon Brooks got the Rockets on the board.

Despite a slow start, the Rockets rallied, with Fred VanVleet making two 3-pointers. Meanwhile, Taurean Prince and the Lakers struggled, allowing Houston to build a double-digit lead during the game.

Rockets’ Sengun had an impressive game tonight, scoring 23 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, providing 5 assists, and blocking 1 shot.

He shot 11 out of 16 from the field, and the team had a positive 21-point differential when he was on the court during his 30 minutes of play.

Even in the defeat, Alperen Sengun reached a new height, becoming the youngest player in Houston Rockets’ history to reach 2,000+ points, 1,000+ rebounds, and 500+ assists at just 21 years and 117 days, surpassing Rodney McCray’s record.

Also, Sengun made another history as he became the youngest center in NBA history with 2000+ points, 1000+ rebounds, and 500+ assists, as per Bradeaux of Clutchcrew. 

In the closing moments of the matchup against Lakers, his impressive layup brought the Rockets within one point.

Reaves made one free throw, putting the Lakers up by two. Sengun effortlessly scored again, tying the game with four seconds left.

With 1.9 seconds remaining, James was fouled and made one free throw, securing the Lakers’ hard-earned victory.

The Rockets have suffered their second straight road loss, and their next game is against the Golden State Warriors, who haven’t won in their last five contests  either.

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