Rockets prevail in Wall’s Reuters debut
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James Harden shook off a sluggish shooting start and took control late, leading hosts Houston Rockets to a 122-119 win over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday.
Harden finished with 33 points and eight assists, and he had a hand in the final 18 points for the Rockets, which won for the first time this season.
John Wall added 22 points and nine assists on his Rockets debut. Wood had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and DeMarcus Cousins, who was also making his rocket debut, scored eight points. Wall and Cousins have played two games due to COVID-19 contact tracing.
Harrison Barnes scored 24 points to speed up the Kings who received 22 points from De’Aaron Fox, 22 points and 13 rebounds from Richaun Holmes and 19 points and Buddy Hield.
Philadelphia 76ers 116 – Orlando Magic 92
Joel Embiid scored 21 points and took nine rebounds, Seth Curry also scored 21 points and a visit to Philadelphia shattered previously unbeaten Orlando. Curry made five 3-pointers and the Sixers converted 15 of 33 attempts from a distance (45.5 percent).
Tobias Harris contributed 20 points and nine rebounds while Shake Milton scored 14 points for the Sixers, who won their second straight win and improved to 4-1. Ben Simmons contributed nine points, ten rebounds and eight assists.
Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while rookie Cole Anthony added 16 points. Orlando, who played their fifth game of the season, were the last team in the league to lose. The Sixers had canceled their last four meetings in Orlando.
New Orleans Pelicans 113 – Oklahoma City Thunder 80
Brandon Ingram scored 20 points to help New Orleans win in Oklahoma City. Ingram, however, was absent last quarter after being thrown out for an apparent foul in the third quarter.
The Pelicans dominated the end, however, outsourcing the Thunder 28-7 in the fourth quarter to open a close game. Steven Adams, who played for the first time in Oklahoma City as a visitor after spending his first seven NBA seasons with the Thunder, scored eight of his 14 points in the first quarter. He added 10 rebounds.
Al Horford led Oklahoma City with 17 points and went off the ground with 7 out of 9 points.
Indiana Pacers 119 – Cleveland Cavaliers 99
Domantas Sabonis led six double-digit Indiana goalscorers with 25 points, and Indiana ended the calendar year with a loss to Cleveland in Indianapolis.
One game after losing a 17-point lead in the second half to a loss to the Boston Celtics, the Pacers saw a 22-point lead in the fourth quarter, Sexton and Sexton, thanks to the Cavaliers’ backcourt duo, Collin, in the middle of the reporting period Darius Garland. Sexton scored 28 points and Garland 21 in the first of six consecutive street competitions for Cleveland.
Victor Oladipo knocked down the fourth and final of his 3-point hits 5:11 to kick off a crucial 10-2 run for Indiana, converting a 101-90 lead into a 111-92 lead. Oladipo had 16 points as all five Pacers starters were double digits. Malcolm Brogdon was next with 17 points.
Toronto Raptors 100 – New York Knicks 83
Fred VanVleet scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and Toronto beat New York for the first time this season in Tampa, Florida.
Toronto striker Pascal Siakam watched the game in street clothes and the team’s sources said the move was made on disciplinary grounds. Siakam littered the Raptors’ loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday with 25 seconds of play time and marched straight into the locker room instead of the bench.
Norman Powell started the season at Siakam for the first time and scored 17 points. Kyle Lowry added 20 points for the Raptors. Julius Randle scored 16 points and got 10 rebounds for the Knicks before limping off the field with 3:24 in the game. Kevin Knox II added 16 points for New York.
Chicago Bulls 133 – Washington Wizards 130
Otto Porter Jr. had 28 points and 12 rebounds, while Zach LaVine added 22 points when Chicago won in Washington to get an overview of the teams’ back-to-back streak.
The Wizards lost their fifth straight game to open the season, despite the fourth triple-double in as many competitions from Russell Westbrook, ending with 22 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
Chicago could finally breathe out after a fourth quarter with six leadership changes in the last five minutes. Coby White had 16 points and 10 assists for the bulls.
Phoenix Suns 106 – Utah Jazz 95
Devin Booker hit a couple of clutch shots in the final minutes and scored 25 points to take Phoenix past Utah in Salt Lake City.
Jae Crowder and Mikal Bridges added 16 points each while Chris Paul added 11 points and eight assists when the Suns won their third game in a row.
Donovan Mitchell hit only 9 of 23 strokes, but still scored 23 points for the Jazz. Rudy Gobert (18 points and 14 rebounds) scored his fourth straight double to open the season.
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