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.

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