Rockets’ Onuaku channels Rick Barry in debut

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HOUSTON — Rockets rookie center Chinanu Onuaku made his NBA debut Monday night, scoring six points and grabbing three rebounds in eight fourth-quarter minutes of a 131-115 blowout victory over the Phoenix Suns.

But it was two free throws, made underhanded with 2:46 to play, that became a cute little storyline.

“I was nervous as hell,” Onuaku told ESPN. “I’m just happy that I made them.”

After Onuaku made his free throws, there was a loud roar from the crowd at the Toyota Center.

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