Rockets rally for 97-90 win over Spurs
HOUSTON (AP) — Dwight Howard scored 23 points and Terrence Jones had 21 as the Houston Rockets held on for a 97-90 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday.
The Rockets trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half before scoring 33 in the third quarter to go on top. San Antonio closed to 90-88 in the final minutes, but Howard and Jeremy Lin helped Houston hold on for the win.
Boris Diaw scored a season-high 22 points for the Spurs, and also had 11 rebounds. Tony Parker added 17 points and Tim Duncan had 12 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks.
The Rockets were without leading scorer James Harden (bruised left thumb), who is averaging almost 24 points a game this season.
Memphis forward Zach Randolph scored 23 points and had 10 rebounds, and Mike Conley added 19 points and seven assists to lead the Grizzlies past the Portland Trail Blazers 98-91..
Marc Gasol had 15 points and eight rebounds and Courtney Lee scored 12 points for the Grizzlies (23-20), who have won three straight games and seven of eight.
Lamarcus Aldridge had 27 points and 16 rebounds as the Blazers (33-13) slipped three games behind Northwest Division-leading Oklahoma City and had their home winning streak snapped at five.
At Los Angeles, David West scored 19 point and Lance Stephenson had 15 points and 14 rebounds as the Indiana Pacers wrapped up a five-game road trip by beating the spiraling Lakers 104-92.
George Hill had 13 points and seven rebounds for the Pacers, who stayed atop the overall NBA standings despite losing twice on their West Coast trip. Los Angeles kept it close into the second half before the Pacers finished an easy win over the injury-riddled Lakers, who have lost five straight.
Pau Gasol had 21 points and 13 rebounds for the Lakers, who returned from a two-week road trip for their 17th loss in 20 games.
In other games, Bradley Beal scored 18 of his 20 points in the second as the Washington Wizards downed the Golden State Warriors 88-85, the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 100-89, the New York Knicks defeated the Boston Celtics 114-88 and the Detroit Pistons were 103-87 winners over the Orlando Magic.