The Rockets beat the Bulls, ending a 15-game drought
Danielle House Jr. scored 18 points off the bench and was a spark plug as the Houston Rockets ended their 15-game losing streak with a 118-113 victory over the visiting Chicago Bulls on Wednesday.
House installed a 3 pointer with 2:23 left to stop what had been running 14-3 Bulls into a three-point deficit. House added a pair of crucial free throws after Garrison Matthews sunk a 3rd corner kick from a Chicago defensive trap that lifted the Rockets to a 114-108 lead with 25.5 seconds left.
House and Matthews (12 points) scored with double digits off the bench. The Rockets received 59 points off the bench while four novices also scored in double figures, led by Christian Wood, who collected 16 points with 10 rebounds. His sixth and final assistant formed Team Matthews 3.
Zach Lavigne scored for the Bulls with 28 points, while Lonzo Ball scored 17 out of 19 points in the first half. Demar DeRozan added 17 points, Nikola Vocevic 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Alex Caruso scored 13 of 15 points in the fourth quarter, including two in the last 3 seconds to fuel the victory.
Lakers 124, Pacers 116
LeBron James scored seven of his 39-point season highs in overtime, and Los Angeles closed the five-game road swing by defeating Indiana in Indianapolis.
Los Angeles dominated the overtime, holding the Pacers only four points. James, who missed a potential game-winner at the end of regulation, called a triple jump back and three faded pointers in the last moments to keep the Indiana crowd effort at bay. Russell Westbrook scored 20 points, had seven rebounds, and provided five assists in the win, which came without Anthony Davis, who missed Wednesday’s game due to a non-coronavirus illness.
Malcolm Brogdon scored 28 points, leading the way among seven double-digit Pacers. Justin Holiday scored four three-pointers on his way to 16 points, TJ McConnell and Karis Levert scored 10 points, Miles Turner added 12 points and Domantas Sabonis scored two 14th place doubles this season with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Kings 125, Trail Blazers 121
Buddy Heald made five three-pointers and scored 22 points from the bench to help Sacramento win over visiting Portland.
Diaron Fox scored 19 out of 21 points in the first half for Sacramento, but he tied with two technical errors and was sent off for arguing before 6:06 left. The Kings also lost Harrison Barnes, who had 13 points before missing the final quarter with a right foot injury.
Damian Lillard scored 32 points and 10 assists for Portland, which fell 1-8 on the road. Yusuf Nurkic scored the best 28 points of the season and equaled his highest level of the season of 17 rebounds, and Norman Powell scored 22 points with the Trail Blazers.
Warriors 116 and 76 rice 96
Seth Curry scored a team-high 24 points to match his brother Stephen’s nearly 25 points, but Golden State used more depth to score a fifth straight win in San Francisco.
Andrew Wiggins (19 points), Jordan Paul (17), Juan Toscano Anderson (13), Otto Porter Jr. (12) and Draymond Green (10) also scored double goals for the Warriors, who advanced from 19 down to score. Their ninth win in a row. All nine wins in the domestic league streak have 12 points or more.
Therese Maxi (19) and Danny Green (10) were the only other two to hit double digits on the last night of a long road trip without superstar Joel Embiid (HSP).
Nets 123, Celtics 104
Patty Mills scored 23 points, Kevin Durant added 21 points and eight assists, and Brooklyn defeated Boston, where James Harden scored 20 points and made 11 assists and seven rebounds for the Knights, who have achieved 4 consecutive wins and seven of their past eight games.
Durant’s first basket, on a pull-up sweater at 10:05 in the opening quarter, saw him pass Allen Iverson (24,368 points) to the 25th place on the NBA’s top scorers list. Durant finished the night with 24,388 points.
Marcus Smart finished with 20 points and eight assists to lead the Celtics. Boston’s top scorer, Jason Tatum, scored only 4 of 16 shots to finish off with a total of 15 points, and Dennis Schroeder had only 10 points on 3 of 10 shots.
Pax 114, Pistons 93
Jrue Holiday parried his goal from Giannis Antetokounmpo 16 seconds into the game to fire 14-0 by host Milwaukee, who had never looked back on a wire-to-wire victory.
Antetokounmpo finished the game with a total of 33 points, Bobby Portez scored 28 points and 10 double rebounds, while Holliday scored 22 points for the Bucks, who completed their 5-0 home with their 12th straight win over the Pistons. .
Trey Lyles had 19 points off the bench for Detroit, who were playing on the second night of a straight game and suffered their fourth defeat in a row.
Timberwolves 113, heat 101
Anthony Edwards scored 33 points and scored 14 rebounds to make host Minnesota their fifth win in a row.
Malik Beasley made five three-pointers and scored a season-high 29 points for Minnesota, which has won five consecutive shooters for the first time since 2018. D’Angelo Russell scored 20 points and Jared Vanderbilt scored eight and grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds.
Pam Adebayo scored 18 points for Miami, while Jimmy Butler scored 16 points and eight rebounds against his former team. Duncan Robinson scored 17 points, Tyler Hero 16 and Gabe Vincent scored 14 points.
Jazz 110, Thunder 104
Donovan Mitchell scored 13 points, including three sets in the last minute, to lift off visiting Utah.
Jordan Clarkson led the Jazz team with 20 points from the bench, while Bojan Bogdanovic added 19 points and Rudy Gobert 15 points and 17 rebounds.
The win was the fourth in five games for the Jazz, while the Thunder lost four consecutive games and six of seven.
Raptors 126, Grizzlies 113
Gary Trent Jr. scored 17 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter when visiting Toronto beat Memphis.
Precious Uchiwa scored all 17 of his goals in the third quarter to lead a comeback that raised the Raptors’ record to 2-3 in their current six-game run.
Fred Vanfleet added 23 points for the Raptors, and Scotty Barnes and Pascal Siakam contributed 17 points each.
^ Pelicans 127, Wizards 102
Brandon Ingram came out of the shooting slump to score 26 and Jonas Valanciunas doubled to lead hosts New Orleans to victory over Washington.
Valancionas finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds, Josh Hart scored 16 points, Willie Hernangomez scored 13 points, Nickel Alexander Walker scored 12 points, and Graham Devonte returned from a three-game absence due to a foot injury to add 12 points to spend the Pelicans season. Total points are high and won only the fourth time this season.
Bradley Bell scored 23 points, Raul Neto 13, Spencer Dinwiddie added 11 points and Montrezel Harrell 10 to lead the Wizards, who lost for the fourth time in five games after a five-game winning streak.
Hawks 124, Tottenham 106
Trae Young scored 31 points and provided 11 assists and made an early start in the third quarter of the match as Atlanta’s visit to San Antonio beat San Antonio to win its sixth consecutive game.
Bogdan Bogdanovic added 18 points for the Hawks, John Collins scored 15, Lou Williams and Cam Reddish each scored 12, Clint Kabila scored 11 points and had 13 rebounds, and Kevin Huerter and Danilo Galinari scored 10 points each.
Brien Forbes topped Tottenham with 23 points, while Dejaunt Murray added 22 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, and Jacob Boltle and Keldon Johnson scored 15 points each. He also snatched the Poeltel 10 rebounds for San Antonio, who lost six consecutive games and are in their worst start since the 1996-97 season.
Hornets 106, Magic 99
Terry Roser scored 27 points, and Kelly Uber Jr. contributed 21 points from the bench to make visiting Charlotte their seventh win in eight games.
Miles Bridges contributed 11 points, nine rebounds and six assists, as Charlotte improved 2-0 this season against her Southeast Division rival. PJ Washington is back in Charlotte’s squad after missing the previous 10 games due to excessive left elbow extension and has one rebound and hasn’t earned any points in six minutes.
Orlando, who made her debut in her new Nike NBA City Edition outfit, lost her fourth consecutive game and fell for the seventh time in eight games. The Magic also saw his home record drop to 1-7. Mo Bamba scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, while Orlando’s six scorers advanced with double figures. Galen Suggs followed him with 17 points, and Franz Wagner added 16 points for the Magic, who shot 15 against 42 (35.7 percent) from a range of 3 points.
Suns 120, Cavaliers 115
Devin Booker scored 24 of 35 points in the first half to push guest Phoenix to its 14th consecutive win, thanks to a win over Cleveland.
Booker made 14 of 21 shots from the ground to help the Suns achieve their third longest winning streak in franchise history. They sit with three wins shy of equalizing their franchise record, which was set in the 2006-07 season. Chris Paul scored 17 points and 12 assists, Dunder Eaton scored 16 points and nine rebounds and Gavel McGee added 13 points and 12 boards for Phoenix.
Cleveland’s Garrett Allen collected 25 points and 11 rebounds to score his second consecutive double and seventh in nine games. Sidi Othman scored 23 points, Darius Garland contributed 19 points and seven assists, and Ricky Rubio added 15 points for the Cavaliers, who reached the highest level of the season in five games.
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