By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports activities Author
HOUSTON (AP) — John Wall scored 24 factors in his first sport in opposition to his former group, main the Houston Rockets to a 107-88 victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night time.
Wall was chosen by Washington with the No. 1 general choose within the 2010 draft and spent his whole profession with the Wizards earlier than he was traded to Houston in December for Russell Westbrook and a future first-round choose.
Wall had 15 factors and 4 assists by halftime, together with a left-handed layup that got here after a nifty behind the again transfer and put Houston up 53-45 within the second quarter. He cooled off within the third, however bought going once more within the fourth to place the sport away in his second sport again after lacking 5 with a sore left knee.
Houston was main by six when Wall re-entered the sport with about seven minutes left. He scored 5 fast factors earlier than discovering Victor Oladipo within the nook close to the Washington bench for a 3-pointer to make it 93-79.
The Wizards known as a timeout after that, and Wall yelled and jumped as he appeared on the opposing bench earlier than bounding again to the Houston facet.
Wall and Westbrook have been each given technical fouls quickly after that after they jawed at one another as Westbrook ready to shoot free throws after being fouled by DeMarcus Cousins.
Bradley Beal made a 3-pointer with about 3½ minutes left to trim Houston’s result in 10, however Wall hit a 3 seconds later and Cousins added two free throws to make it 99-84.
Oladipo and Eric Gordon added 20 factors apiece to assist the Rockets to their third straight win.
Beal scored 33 factors to present him not less than 25 in every of his 12 video games this season, extending a franchise document. Westbrook, who spent only one season in Houston, had 19 factors, 11 assists and 7 rebounds.
Washington led by three with about two minutes left within the third earlier than Houston wrapped up the quarter with a 10-2 run, together with 5 factors from Gordon, to take a 75-70 lead into the fourth.
Wizards: Have been lacking six gamers due to well being and security protocols. … Robin Lopez had 10 factors.
Rockets: Christian Wooden missed his third straight sport with a sprained proper ankle. … Danuel Home had two factors and a rebound in his return after lacking 4 video games with again spasms and 7 due to well being and security protocols.
Wizards: Go to New Orleans on Wednesday night time earlier than returning house to play Atlanta on Friday night time.
Rockets: Host Portland on Thursday night time earlier than embarking on a four-game journey starting Saturday night time in New Orleans.
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