Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend
Wall returns to court with Rockets
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.