HOUSTON (AFP) – The Houston Rockets cut 12-game losing streak by defeating the Memphis Grizzlies 123-112 on Sunday with 29 points from Kevin Porter Jr. and a performance by 28 points and 13 rebounds from Christian Wood.
Porter scored 19 of 22 second-half points in the third quarter, capitalizing on a 10-point first-half deficit. Wood scored at least 20 points in three games.
Galen Green added 24 points and eight rebounds, and Eric Gordon scored 12 points in the Rockets’ first win since their February 2 victory over Cleveland.
Desmond scored between 28 points and Ga Morant 22 with six assists for Memphis, which was deciding their home win over Orlando on Saturday night. Stephen Adams scored a season-high 23 points and finished the season with 12 rebounds.
After Brandon Clark cut Houston’s lead to 108-107 in a jump before 5:30 from the left, the Rockets responded 10-1 to continue their 10-point lead over Porter’s smooth 2:42 on the clock.
The Rockets fired 52% of the field and made 13 of the 35 three-pointers. Houston beat the Grizzlies 45-40 and won by 22-13 points on the second chances. Grizzlies were 5 of 26 out of a 3-point span.
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