Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend

Wall returns to court with Rockets

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JohnWall had 22 points and nine assists in his first game since 2018, James Harden had a big finish to score 33 points and the Houston Rockets beat the visiting Sacramento Kings 122- 119 on Thursday.

Wall, who was traded from Washington to Houston for RussellWes­tbrook before the season started, scored his first points since Dec. 26, 2018, on a thunderous left- handed dunk in transition. Wall looked explosive on several drives to the basket and dunks in his first game back from a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Rockets center DeMarcus Cousins also made his first NBA appearance since the 2019 NBA Finals. Cousins, a former AllStar who missed last season with a torn ACL, scored 8 points in 14 minutes off the bench.

♦ Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. did not against Phoenix on Friday because of the NBA’s coronaviru­s protocols. There’s no timetable for his return and he could miss multiple games because of contact tracing. Porter is second on the team in scoring with a 19.5- point average.

♦ The NBA fined three players a total of $ 85,000 for their roles in a dustup during a game between Charlotte and Dallas. The Mavericks’ James Johnson was fined $ 40,000. For the Hornets, Cody Martin lost $ 25,000 and Caleb Martin $ 20,000.

♦ Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson was fined $ 25,000 by the NBA for making contact with a game official in Thursday’s home loss to Phoenix. Clarkson is averaging 16.5 points and 22.6 minutes this season.

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