LOS ANGELES – John Wall has 36 points and 11 assists, Bradley Beal added 32 points, and the Washington Wizards rallied from an early 17-point deficit to the visiting Houston Rockets 135-131 in overtime Monday.
The Wizards overcame a season-high 54 points from Rockets guard James Harden.
Washington started the overtime with an 8-1 run capped when Otto Porter Jr. picked up a steal and fed Beal for a dunk with 1:50 left, and the rockets got no closer than within three points the rest of the way.
Houston shot two of seven in overtime with four turnovers
Harden missed three consecutive shots and turned the ball over twice in the final minutes of regulation but fed Clint Capela for an alley-oop that tied it, 125-125, with 9.8 seconds left. Wall did the ball knocked on a jumper attempt with 1.2 seconds left, and he then blocked Eric Gordon's jumper at the buzzer.
Markief Morris had 22 points and 10 rebounds as the Wizards 'bench outscored the Rockets' reserves 45-9.
Gordon scored 36 points, and Capela had 17 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks for Houston, which has lost three games in a row.
Harden had 11 assists, eight rebounds and 13 turnovers in 47 minutes
The Rockets were without guard Chris Paul (strained hamstring) for a second consecutive game. Backup guard Gerald Green (sore right ankle) was also out.
Washington Center Dwight Howard (gluteal soreness) remains out
Harden scored 21 points in the third quarter as the rockets went on an 18-4 run late in the period to take an eight-point lead that was trimmed to four by the end of the frame.
The Rockets jumped out to a 17-point, first-quarter lead behind Gordon and Harden, who combined for 25 points in the period. A 15-4 run pulled Washington in 34-28, but the rockets pushed their lead to 42-30 by the end of the quarter as they hit seven 3-pointers.
It was the third time this season that the Wizards gave up 40 or more points in a quarter.
The Wizards rallied again in the second quarter, and they led 67-65 at intermission.
PACERS PUMMEL JAZZ, 121-88
Doug McDermott scored a season-high 21 points off the bench while Myles Turner added 16 points in his first game back from ankle injury to lift Indiana Pacers to 121-88 on Utah Jazz on Monday night in Salt Lake City.
Bojan Bogdanovic chipped in 15 points and Tyreke Evans added 14 for Indiana, which had seven players score in double figures. The Pacers ended a two-game losing streak.
Derrick Favors scored 13 points and Rudy Gobert added 12 to lead Utah. The Jazz, who allowed Indiana to shoot 58.3 percent from the field, lost for the sixth time in eight games.
Both teams played without their leading scorers Utah's Donovan Mitchell sat out a second straight game Indiana's Victor Oladipo was sidelined with a right knee for a fourth consecutive game.
The Pacers seem to be a little better Indiana trailed just once, at 2-0, taking control on both ends of the floor. It started on offense with 52% shooting from the field. On defense, the Pacers forced nine turnovers and limited Utah to 23% shooting from the perimeter in the first two quarters.
Indiana scored on nine of its first 11 possessions, ending in back-to-back driving layups from Bogdanovic that gave the Pacers a 20-12 lead. The Jazz eventually cut the deficit to a basket when Alec Burks buried a 3-pointer to make it 24-22.
Indiana replied with a 7-0 run by a pair of baskets from Cory Joseph to push the lead to 31-22. The Pacers created a double-digit cushion before halftime. They led by as many as 14 points in the second quarter, going up 53-39 on a jumper from Turner.
Utah cut the deficit to nine points back-to-back 3-pointers from Jae Crowder in the third quarter before Crowder's second basket cut Indiana's lead to 69-60 From that point on, the Pacers ran away from the Jazz
Indiana used a 16-1 run to push its lead to 85-61 with 2:15 left in the third quarter. Thaddeus Young was a pair of floaters to spark the run, and Darren Collison fueled it with a pair of steals and a pair of baskets.
WALKER, LAMB SCORE 21 EACH AS HORNETS TOP BUCKS
Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb scored 21 points each, and the Charlotte Hornets held on probably their most impressive win of the season with a 110-107 victory over the visiting Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.
The Hornets trailed by 14 midway through the first quarter, but they dominated the second quarter, led by 13 at Halftime, and then pushed the lead to as many as 25 in the second half. The Bucks got a point in the final minute and trailed by three with the ball with 7.1 seconds left, but Eric Bledsoe missed the potential ting 3-pointer at the buzzer.
The Hornets (10-10) snapped a two-game losing streak and got some revenge after losing 113-112 to the Bucks on opening night, Oct. 17, in Charlotte. The Hornets have not lost more than two straight this season.
The Bucks (14-6) have now lost two of their last three.
Walker hit four free throws in the final 30 seconds, including the two with 7.1 seconds that push one-point lead to three. The Hornets also got 16 points from Marvin Williams and 15 from Tony Parker. Parker returned to action after missing the previous two games with a rib injury, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist returned after missing six games with a sprained ankle.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Bledsoe scored 17. Brook Lopez and Pat Connaughton scored 15 each, Khris Middleton scored 14 and Malcolm Brogdon 11.
Milwaukee came out hot, hitting eight three-pointers in the first six minutes of the game for a 28-14 lead, but Charlotte closed to end within 35-32 at the end of the first. Then came the Hornets' domination, as they outscored Milwaukee 33-17 in the second quarter for a 65-52 halftime lead. Charlotte then scored the first 12 points of the third quarter to stretch it to 77-52. Milwaukee sliced the lead to 93-80 after three quarters and got as close as 108-107 in the final minute.
The Hornets opened a four-game home stand and will host Atlanta on Wednesday. The Bucks will return to Milwaukee to take on Chicago on Wednesday. – Reuters