Witches are above Rockets in the OT even though Harden is 54 years old


John Wall
The Washington Wizards keeper John Wall (2) drives into the basket as the Houston Rockets advance Isaiah Hartenstein defends in the fourth quarter at Capital One Arena. – GEOFF BURKE-USA TODAY SPORTS

LOS ANGELES – John Wall scored 36 points and 11 assists, Bradley Beal added 32 points, and the Washington Wizards climbed from 17 points to beat Houston Rockets 135-131 who visited on Monday.

The Wizards overcame the highest 54 points of the season from Rockets keeper James Harden.

Washington started the extra time with a score of 8-1 when Otto Porter Jr. take a steal and feed Beal for a dunk with 1:50 remaining, and the Rockets are no closer than the remaining three points.

Houston shot two of seven overtime with four turnovers.

Harden lost three consecutive shots and changed the ball more than twice in the final minutes of regulation but fed Clint Capela for an oop that tied him, 125-125, with 9.8 seconds left. Wall had the ball thrown at the jumper's effort with 1.2 seconds remaining, and he then blocked Eric Gordon on the bell.

Markief Morris had 22 points and 10 rebounds when the Wizards bench beat the 45-9 Rockets reserves.

Gordon scored 36 points, and Capela had 17 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks for Houston, who have lost three games in a row.

Harden has 11 assists, eight rebounds and 13 turnovers in 47 minutes.

Rockets without guard Chris Paul (strained hamstring) for the second consecutive match. Reserve guard Gerald Green (right ankle pain) also came out.

Dwight Howard's Washington Center (gluteal pain) remains out.

Harden scored 21 points in the third quarter when the Rockets continued 18-4 at the end of the period to lead eight points cut to four at the end of the frame.

The Rockets jumped to 17 points, leading in the first quarter behind Gordon and Harden, who joined for 25 points in the period. The 15-4 throw drew Washington in 34-28, but the Rockets pushed their lead to 42-30 at the end of the quarter as they reached seven 3-point shots.

This is the third time this season that the Wizards have given 40 points or more in one quarter.

The Wizards rallied again in the second quarter, and they led 67-65 at the break.

Doug McDermott scored this season's 21 points from the bench while Myles Turner added 16 points in his first match back from an ankle injury to lift the Indiana Pacers to a 121-88 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night in Salt Lake City.

Bojan Bogdanovic contributed 15 points and Tyreke Evans added 14 points for Indiana, which has seven double-scoring players. The Pacers ended two successive defeats.

Derrick Favors scored 13 points and Rudy Gobert added 12 to lead Utah. The Jazz, which allowed Indiana to shoot 58.3 percent from the field, lost for the sixth time in eight matches.

Both teams play without their top scorer. Donovan Mitchell from Utah did the second straight game because of rib bruises. Victor Oladipo of Indiana was ruled out because his knee hurt for the fourth straight game.

The Pacers seem unable to overcome their star's absence. Indiana trailed only once, at 2-0, taking control at both ends of the floor. It started because of a foul with 52% of shots from the field. In defense, the Pacers forced nine turnovers and restricted Utah to 23% of the shot from the perimeter in the first two quarters.

Indiana scored in nine of the first 11 possessions, ending with a back-to-back driving kite from Bogdanovic which gave the Pacers a 20-12 advantage. The Jazz finally cut the deficit into the basket when Alec Burks buried the 3-pointer to make it 24-22.

Indiana replied with a 7-0 run driven by a pair of baskets from Cory Joseph to push the lead to 31-22. The Pacers create a two-digit pillow before halftime. They led 14 points in the second quarter, up 53-39 from the jumper from Turner.

Utah cut the deficit to nine points in Jae Crowder's third-quarter back-to-back in the third quarter before everything was completely out of control. The second basket of dredgers cut Indiana's lead to 69-60. Since then, Pacers ran away from Jazz.

Indiana used 16-1 to push its lead to 85-61 with 2:15 remaining in the third quarter. Thaddeus Young sinks a pair of buoys to trigger an escape, and Darren Collison pushes him further with a pair of steals and a basket.

Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb scored 21 points each, and the Charlotte Hornets held on for their most impressive possible win of the season with the 110-107 win over the Milwaukee Bucks visited on Monday night.

The Hornets trailed with 14 in the middle of the first quarter, but they dominated the second quarter, led by 13 at half-time, and then pushed the lead to as many as 25 in the second half. The Bucks had to be on one point in the last minute and trailed three with the ball with 7.1 seconds left, but Eric Bledsoe missed the potential of tying a 3-pointer on the bell.

The Hornets (10-10) stopped a two-game losing streak and got some revenge after losing 113-112 over the Bucks on the opening night, October 17 in Charlotte. The Hornets haven't lost more than two seasons.

The Bucks (14-6) have now lost two of their last three.

Walker hit four free throws in the last 30 seconds, including both with 7.1 seconds which pushed a three-point lead. The Hornets also got 16 points from Marvin Williams and 15 from Tony Parker. Parker returned to action after missing the previous two matches due to a rib injury, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist returned after missing six games because of a sprained ankle.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Bledsoe scored 17. Brook Lopez and Pat Connaughton scored 15 goals, Khris Middleton scored 14 goals and Malcolm Brogdon 11.

Milwaukee came out hot, hitting eight 3-pointers in the first six minutes of the match to lead 28-14, but Charlotte closed within 35-32 at the end of the first. Then came the Hornets' dominance, when they beat Milwaukee 33-17 in the second quarter to lead 65-52 in the first round. Charlotte then scored the first 12 points from the third quarter to stretch it 77-52. Milwaukee cut the lead to 93-80 after three quarters and got as close as 108-107 in the final minutes.

The Hornets opened a four-game home stand and will host Atlanta on Wednesday. The Bucks will return to Milwaukee to face Chicago on Wednesday. – Reuters


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