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Greene makes big first impression
Rockets rookie explodes for 40 points in Vegas Summer League debut
MONDAY, JULY 14, 2008   10:17 PM CST
By Clutch
Copyright 2008
Greene makes big first impression
Daryl Morey said first round draft pick Donte Greene wasn't likely to see much playing time in year one.

The 20-year old rookie is no doubt trying to change his mind.

In his Vegas Summer League debut, the Rockets rookie exploded for 40 points and dished out the game-winning assist as the Rockets topped Robin Lopez and the Phoenix Suns 100-97 Monday night.

Mike Harris added 21 points and 13 boards while Maarty Leunen added 16, including the game-deciding bucket.

Greene was the star in this one though, and was efficient to boot, hitting 12-20 shots, including 5-10 from beyond the arc. He had 19 points in the first quarter alone.

"Once I got to 36, Phoenix started keying in on me a lot more so I started to look for my teammates to get them going," said Greene. "I got Aaron going, and Maarty, and Mike Harris and we got the win."

The 6-foot-9 forward, who signed his Rockets deal earlier in the day, showed a quick release and looked confident putting the ball up. While he's certainly no Tracy McGrady, he did look somewhat T-Mac-like in the way he launched shots -- long, lean and smooth with his jumper.

It's just summer league, where even Steve Novak can look unstoppable, and it was obvious that he had a green light that he won't see on the real squad. Defense also was not a real big item in this one.

Still, it's a great start for Greene -- if he keeps this up, it could be real hard to justify playing Luther Head and/or Steve Novak ahead of him.

Here are a couple of highlights: