Rockets stop 20-game slide with win against Raptors

March 23, 2021 GMT
Houston Rockets' John Wall (1) goes to hug coach Stephen Silas after the team's win over the Toronto Raptors in an NBA basketball game Monday, March 22, 2021, in Houston. (Bob Levey/Pool Photo via AP)
Houston Rockets' John Wall (1) goes to hug coach Stephen Silas after the team's win over the Toronto Raptors in an NBA basketball game Monday, March 22, 2021, in Houston. (Bob Levey/Pool Photo via AP)

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets ended their 20-game losing streak, using John Wall’s first triple-double in five years to beat the Toronto Raptors 117-99 on Monday night.

Houston’s skid was tied for the ninth-worst in NBA history and the longest since Philadelphia’s record-setting, 28-game losing streak across the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.

Wall had 19 points, 10 assists and 11 rebounds for his first triple-double since Feb. 5, 2016.

Houston also handed the Raptors their ninth straight loss, which now represents the NBA’s longest active losing streak.

Fred VanVleet led Toronto with 27 points. Pascal Siakam scored 21 points.



LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points, and the Clippers rallied from a 22-point deficit in the second half to snap the Hawks’ eight-game winning streak.

Terance Mann had a season-high 21 points for the Clippers, who fell behind 88-66 in the third quarter shortly after a frustrated coach Ty Lue put in a lineup of five reserves. With Mann and Luke Kennard leading the comeback, Los Angeles ended the game on a dominant 53-22 run.

Trae Young had 28 points and eight assists, and John Collins scored 23 points in the Hawks’ first loss of March, and their first under new coach Nate McMillan. Atlanta’s win streak was its longest since January 2015.


MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jrue Holiday had 28 points and 14 assists, and Milwaukee posted its seventh straight win despite playing without Giannis Antetokoumpo because of a sprained left knee.

Coach Mike Budenholzer said he thinks the reigning two-time NBA MVP got hurt during a 120-113 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday. He isn’t sure how long he will be out.

Milwaukee’s Pat Connaughton made his first start of the season and collected 20 points and nine rebounds. Khris Middleton had 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Domantas Sabonis scored 22 points for Indiana, and Jeremy Lamb had 21.

The Pacers played without Malcolm Brogdon, Myles Turner and T.J. Warren because of injuries.


SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Gordon Hayward scored 27 points, Terry Rozier added 24 and Charlotte got the win in its first game since losing LaMelo Ball to injury.

Ball fractured his right wrist Saturday after a hard fall against the Los Angeles Clippers. Regarded as the leading candidate for NBA Rookie of the Year, Ball is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

P.J. Washington added 10 points and 13 rebounds as Charlotte snapped a three-game skid.

The Spurs had won four of five but struggled to contain the Hornets’ frontcourt.

DeMar DeRozan had 28 points and Derrick White added 21 for the Spurs.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Ja Morant had 29 points and nine assists, and Memphis won for the third time in four games.

Dillon Brooks had 24 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Grizzlies. Jonas Valanciunas finished with 16 points and 19 rebounds.

Jaylen Brown led Boston with 27 points, and Jeff Teague finished with a season-high 26 points. Robert Williams III had 17, and Marcus Smart scored 16.


Morant scored the last three points of the game from the free-throw line. Brooks had five points early in the extra period.

BULLS 120, JAZZ 95

CHICAGO (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points, sending Utah to the road win.

Rudy Gobert had 21 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high nine blocks for the Jazz, who rolled to their second straight win after losing five of eight.

Mitchell made five 3-pointers, one shy of his season high. The two-time All-Star also had six rebounds and six assists.

Zach LaVine led Chicago with 27 points, though he made just 10 of 25 shots. Thaddeus Young added 14 points and nine rebounds, and the Bulls lost for the third time in four games.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 31 points, and Oklahoma City relied on strong 3-point shooting in the road win.

The Thunder set a season high with 21 3-pointers in just 37 attempts. Eight of the nine players who entered the game for the Thunder hit at least one 3-pointer. Only center Moses Brown didn’t convert from beyond the arc, but he contributed 17 rebounds.

Reserve guard Ty Jerome led the way by hitting all five of his 3-point attempts. Gilgeous-Alexander was 4 for 6 from deep, while Aleksej Pokuševski and Théo Maledon each hit three 3s.

Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 33 points and 10 rebounds. Anthony Edwards scored 16 points and Ricky Rubio added 11 points and 11 assists.


CLEVELAND (AP) — De’Aaron Fox scored 30 points, Tyrese Haliburton had a career-high 28 and the Kings completed their longest road trip of the season with a victory over the Cavaliers.

Buddy Hield added 19 points and Richaun Holmes had 17 points and 16 rebounds for the Kings, who went 3-3 on their 10-day trip. Harrison Barnes made a late run at a triple-double with nine points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

JaVale McGee paced the Cavaliers with 18 points and nine rebounds, while Collin Sexton had 15 points and seven assists. Cleveland has lost six of eight.


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