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Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. sounds off on epic game-winner following suspension for tantrum

Rockets, Kevin Porter Jr., Wizards

Talk about redeeming yourself. Kevin Porter Jr. saved the day for the Houston Rockets on Wednesday after burying the game-winner against the Washington Wizards, 114-111.

His heroics came on the heels of his one-game suspension for blowing his top in the middle of the game between the Rockets and the Denver Nuggets last Saturday. While he didn’t have a good scoring performance against the Wizards, tallying only nine points on 3-of-13 shooting from the field, his final bucket was more than enough to end the Rockets’ eight-game losing skid.

The 21-year-old guard, who added seven rebounds, eight assists, and four steals, was a bit at a loss for words after hitting the game-winner (via ESPN).

“We just needed this one, man. We had a couple that we could’ve got. We wanted to start the year off the right way.”

Porter, however, was more generous in explaining the Rockets’ final play.

“We ran a wiper play and it was either for me or Jalen (Green). Whoever (Raul) Neto was guarding, that’s who we favored to get the last shot. They switched. Once they switched, I knew I had to be aggressive and take that last shot.”

KPJ has had his fair share of controversies in the past because of his behavior. He has admitted that he deals with mental health issues. But when he’s laser-focused and determined, he’s definitely a weapon for the upstart Rockets.

The Rockets will try to string up back-to-back wins on Friday when they host the Dallas Mavericks.