Porter scores 26, Wizards hand Rockets 5th straight loss

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 30, 2017 10:38 AM
Porter scores 26, Wizards hand Rockets 5th straight loss
Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) drives past Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in Washington. The Wizards won 121-103. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Otto Porter Jr. scored 26 points, Bradley Beal and Kelly Oubre Jr. had 21 each, and the Washington Wizards beat Houston 121-103 Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) for the high-scoring Rockets' fifth straight loss.

It's the longest skid for Houston since dropping seven straight from Jan. 9-19, 2013.

NBA scoring leader James Harden matched his season-low with 20 points for the Rockets. Chris Paul returned after missing three games with a strained groin and had eight points and six assists in 26 minutes.

A night after blowing a 26-point lead in Boston, the Rockets held their last lead midway through the first quarter en route to their worst defeat of the season. Houston has by far the most three-pointers in the league this season but was held to 29.2 percent (14-for-48) from deep.

TIP-INS

Rockets: Houston is 15-2 with Harden and Paul in the lineup. ... C Clint Capela was out for the second straight game with an orbital fracture. ... Coach Mike D'Antoni said he hadn't looked at the NBA's report on the final two minutes of his team's loss at Boston on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time), when Harden was called for two offensive fouls in the final 7.3 seconds. "I don't care. It's over," D'Antoni said. ... F Ryan Anderson had a season-high 12 rebounds.

Wizards: Porter matched a career-high with seven three-pointers. ... F Mike Scott was away from the team for the birth of his daughter. ... Coach Scott Brooks didn't endorse G John Wall's suggestion that Washington's record against sub-.500 teams (9-10) was because players were aiming to pad stats. "I wouldn't say we're a selfish team, but we need to get better at that," Brooks said. "If players play for stats against losing teams, you would see a big jump in their stats."

UP NEXT

Rockets: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time).

Wizards: Host Chicago on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).

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