Rock­ets’ rally adds to Lak­ers’ trou­bles

Dou­glas, Smith pick up the slack for Hous­ton as Har­den strug­gles early.

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Toney Dou­glas had a sea­son-high 22 points and Greg Smith added a ca­reer-best 21 to help the host Hous­ton Rock­ets over­come a tough out­ing by James Har­den and rally for a 107-105 win over the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers on Tues­day night.

The Lak­ers had a 13point lead with less than 10 min­utes to go. But Hous­ton used two big runs, in­clud­ing a 9-2 spurt capped by a 3-pointer from Dou­glas to take its first lead of the game — 100-99 — with about 21/2 min­utes left.

Dwight Howard made three free throws af­ter that, but a bucket by Smith and four free throws by Hous­ton put the Rock­ets back on top 106-102. Kobe Bryant hit a 3-pointer with 13.3 sec­onds left to cut the lead to one.

Bryant fouled Dou­glas and he made one of two free throws with 8.8 sec­onds left. The Lak­ers had a last chance, but Bryant missed a 3-point at­tempt be­fore Metta World Peace missed a layup to give Hous­ton the win.

Har­den fin­ished with 15 points, but en­tered the fourth quar­ter with just eight points af­ter shoot­ing 2 of 18 through the first three quar­ters.

Bryant led the Lak­ers with 39 points and Howard had 16 points and 12 re­bounds.

Wizards 105, Heat 101: Washington can’t beat many teams, but it beat the best: LeBron James and the Mi­ami Heat.

The host Wizards dou­bled their vic­tory to­tal this sea­son de­spite James’ triple-dou­ble of 26 points, 13 re­bounds and 11 as­sists.

Jor­dan Craw­ford led Washington with 22 points, in­clud­ing three free throws in the fi­nal 11 sec­onds, while James missed a po­ten­tially ty­ing 3-pointer with 3.9 to go.

While the reign­ing NBA cham­pion Heat’s six-game win­ning streak ended, and they fell to 12-4, the Wizards im­proved to 2-13. They started the sea­son 0-12, but have won two of their last three games.

The Wizards have won three con­sec­u­tive reg­u­larsea­son games against the Heat, in­clud­ing two last sea­son in April.

Thun­der 117, Nets 111: Kevin Du­rant scored 32 points, Rus­sell West­brook had 25 points and nine as­sists, and vis­it­ing Ok­la­homa City held off Brook­lyn for its sixth straight vic­tory.

Serge Ibaka added 18 points and Thabo Se­folosha 14 for the Thun­der, who revved up the NBA’s No. 1 of­fense to sur­pass 100 points in a 10th straight game for the first time in 15 years.

Tim­ber­wolves 105, 76ers 88: Josh Howard had 16 points and 10 re­bounds to lead vis­it­ing Min­nesota past Philadel­phia.

Alexey Shved hit four 3point­ers and scored 17 for the Tim­ber­wolves, who raced to a 23-point lead in the first half.

Griz­zlies 108, Suns 98 (OT): Zach Ran­dolph had 38 points and 22 re­bounds, set­ting sea­son highs in both cat­e­gories, to carry host Mem­phis down the stretch and in over­time. Ran­dolph was 15 of 22 from the field and he dom­i­nated in the lat­ter stages of the fourth quar­ter and early min­utes of over­time.

Pac­ers 80, Bulls 76: Paul Ge­orge scored 34 points and grabbed nine re­bounds for vis­it­ing In­di­ana. Roy Hib­bert added 10 points and 11 re­bounds for the Pac­ers, who closed a four-game road trip with three vic­to­ries.

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