Rockets’ rally adds to Lakers’ troubles
Douglas, Smith pick up the slack for Houston as Harden struggles early.
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.