Houston • Eric Gordon scored 31 factors and tied a profession excessive with eight Three-pointers on an evening James Harden sat out to relaxation, and the Houston Rockets bought their 10th straight win with a 118-86 rout of the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night time.
Trevor Ariza added 21 factors and Chris Paul had 13 factors and 10 assists in his return after lacking the final three video games with a sore hamstring.
The NBA-leading Rockets turned the primary workforce since San Antonio within the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season to have three successful streaks of a minimum of 10 video games in a season. They gained 14 in a row from Nov. 16-Dec. 18 and 17 straight from Jan. 28-March 7.
Lauri Markkanen returned after lacking Saturday’s recreation with decrease again spasms and had 22 factors for the Bulls, who dropped their sixth straight.
WIZARDS 116, SPURS 106 • In Washington, Markieff Morris shot 7 of seven from the ground for 15 factors, Otto Porter Jr. added 14 and Washington beat San Antonio to snap a three-game shedding streak.
San Antonio misplaced for simply the second time in eight video games however might have been dealt a extra severe blow with a left knee damage to star LaMarcus Aldridge, who was the sport’s main scorer with 13 factors earlier than he limped off late within the second quarter. Aldridge is the largest cause the Spurs have stayed afloat with out Kawhi Leonard most of this season.
Washington lit up the NBA’s high scoring protection to enhance to 15-11 in 26 consecutive video games with out five-time All-Star guard John Wall, who’s near coming back from left knee surgical procedure. The Wizards had dropped to sixth within the East by shedding 5 of seven and will clinch a playoff spot as early as Thursday.
HEAT 98, CAVALIERS 79 • In Miami, Kelly Olynyk scored 19 factors, Dwyane Wade blocked a pair of pictures by LeBron James as a part of a stifling defensive effort by Miami, and the Warmth had little hassle on the way in which to beating Cleveland.
Josh Richardson and James Johnson every scored 15 factors for Miami, which led 54-34 at halftime and has gained 10 of its final 11 house video games. Wade completed with 12 towards the workforce he spent a part of this season with earlier than getting traded again to Miami.
Goran Dragic added 10 for the Warmth, who may clinch an Jap Convention playoff spot by week’s finish.
James completed with 18 factors for the Cavaliers, whose earlier season low for factors was 88. The Cavs are 1-13 this season when held beneath 100; they’re 43-17 when scoring greater than 100.
TRAIL BLAZERS 107, PELICANS 103 • In New Orleans, Damian Lillard scored 20 of his 41 factors within the fourth quarter, and Portland beat New Orleans.
Lillard hit his first six pictures of the fourth quarter, together with two Three-pointers, to push Portland into its first lead since early within the first quarter. He made two free throws with 1.Three seconds left to seal the victory.
Anthony Davis had 36 factors, 14 rebounds and 6 blocks for the Pelicans, with 22 factors coming after he rolled his proper ankle and briefly got here out of the sport with 5:15 left within the third quarter. Jrue Vacation had 21 factors, 11 assists and 11 rebounds for New Orleans.
RAPTORS 114, NUGGETS 110 • In Toronto, DeMar DeRozan, Jonas Valanciunas, and Fred VanVleet every scored 15 factors and Toronto beat Denver.
Jakob Poeltl scored all of his 12 factors within the fourth quarter, together with eight straight for Toronto at one stretch.
Serge Ibaka had 13 factors, Pascal Siakam 12 and Kyle Lowry 11 because the Raptors improved to 31-7 at house.
Toronto, which misplaced to the Clippers on Sunday, averted what would have been its fifth two-game shedding streak. The Jap Convention-leading Raptors have but to lose three consecutive video games this season.
Nikola Jokic had 29 factors and 16 rebounds, and Paul Millsap scored 20 factors for the Nuggets, who misplaced their second straight and fourth in six video games.
PACERS 92, WARRIORS 81 • In Oakland, Calif., injury-plagued Golden State once more lacked the firepower to complete off an opponent, and Victor Oladipo scored 24 factors in Indiana’s victory over the defending champions.
Nick Younger scored 12 factors as Golden State, taking part in with out its 4 All-Stars for a second straight recreation, misplaced back-to-back contests for less than the ninth time throughout coach Steve Kerr’s 4 seasons.
Draymond Inexperienced had been set to return however was nonetheless feeling sick, whereas NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant had hoped to play Tuesday however is prone to be again from a rib damage Thursday towards Milwaukee.
Stephen Curry may very well be out by way of the primary spherical of the playoffs with a left knee damage, whereas Splash Brother Klay Thompson is recovering from a fractured proper thumb.
CLIPPERS 105, BUCKS 98 • In Los Angeles, Tobias Harris scored 19 factors, DeAndre Jordan had a double-double and Los Angeles rallied after blowing a 16-point result in beat Milwaukee and increase its playoff hopes.
The Clippers hit six Three-pointers within the fourth, after they had been down by 5 and launched a 13-Zero run to return in entrance 96-88.
They made Three-pointers on 4 straight possessions — by 4 completely different gamers — for a 105-96 lead.
Jordan had 12 factors and 16 rebounds, and Lou Williams added 16 factors off the bench.
Los Angeles trails Minnesota by 1 ½ video games for the eighth and last Western Convention playoff berth.