San Francisco Chronicle
Rockets’ run ends at hands of Lakers
Lakers rookie Kyle Kuzma set personal highs with 38 points and seven three-pointers against the NBA’s hottest team, and he wasn’t that impressed.
“Why not? I scored 30s in summer league, so ... ” he said before trailing off.
The stakes were a little higher Wednesday night. Kuzma helped the visiting Lakers overcome James Harden’s 51 points and end the Rockets’ winning streak at 14 games with a 122-116 victory.
“It’s a better team but it’s the same mentality,” Kuzma said.
Houston lost for the first time since Nov. 14, and the Lakers snapped a three-game skid. It was tied before Los Angeles scored 10 straight points — while Houston missed seven shots in a row — to go up 110-100 with about four minutes left.
“The fact that we were able to kind of punch them early and you knew that run was coming and then find our composure again and hit some big plays and get some big stops, it was really good to see from our group,” Lakers head coach Luke Walton said.
Harden powered Houston on a night when Chris Paul had just eight points before leaving early in the fourth quarter with a sore left leg.
Clippers 108, Suns 94:
Austin Rivers scored 21 points, DeAndre Jordan grabbed 20 rebounds and host Los Angeles led wire to wire to end a threegame skid.
Kings 104, Nets 99:
George Hill scored 22 points, Zach Randolph added 21 and visiting Sacramento got its first back-to-back sweep of the season by beating Brooklyn.
Heat 90, Celtics 89:
Kelly Olynyk scored a career-high 32 points in his rousing return to Boston, and undermanned Miami pulled out a victory. Olynyk signed with Miami as a free agent during the offseason. His previous high was 30 points in 2014.
Bulls 112, Magic 94:
Denzel Valentine had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Nikola Mirotic had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and host Chicago won its seventh straight game.
Spurs 93, Trail Blazers 91:
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points, and Pau Gasol had 20 points and a seasonhigh 17 rebounds in visiting San Antonio’s victory. The shorthanded Spurs were without Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, who rested on the first night of a back-to-back.
Timberwolves 112, Nuggets 104:
Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Jimmy Butler also scored 25 and Minnesota rallied from 14 points down to end Denver’s eightgame home winning streak.
Thunder 107, Jazz 79:
Russell Westbrook had 24 points and 10 rebounds to help host Oklahoma City (16-15) move past the .500 mark for the first time since early November.
Raptors 129, Hornets 111:
DeMar DeRozan scored 18 of his 28 points after halftime and visiting Toronto won its fourth straight game.
Pacers 105, Hawks 95:
Victor Oladipo scored 23 points, Myles Turner had 20 and visiting Indiana beat Atlanta.
Mavericks 110, Pistons 93:
Harrison Barnes scored 25 points, and rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 15 points and five assists in his return from a hip injury for host Dallas.
Thomas back soon?
Cleveland guard Isaiah Thomas could be on the floor in games next week after being sidelined with a hip injury that knocked him out of last season’s playoffs. Thomas will scrimmage 5 on 5 in the next few days with the possibility of playing in games before the year ends.