15-point deficit fails to keep Rockets down
AP Thursday, January 30, 2014, 12:25 am TWN
HOUSTON -- 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.
Grizzlies 98, Trail Blazers 91 Zach Randolph scored 23 points and had 10 rebounds, and Mike Conley added 19 points and seven assists to lead Memphis.
Marc Gasol had 15 points and eight rebounds and Courtney Lee scored 12 points for the Grizzlies (23-20), who have won three straight 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.
Randolph, the former Blazers forward, registered his 27th double-double of the season as well as his franchise-leading 190th for the Grizzlies, who shot 51.8 percent and led from start to finish.
Pacers 104, Lakers 92 David West scored 19 points, Lance Stephenson had 15 points and 14 rebounds, and Indiana wrapped up a five-game road trip by beating the spiraling Lakers.
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.
All-Star selection Paul George had his second straight rough game for Indiana, scoring 14 points on 4-for-21 shooting.
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.
Other games on Tuesday:
Wizards 88, Warriors 85
Pelicans 100, Cavaliers 89
Knicks 114, Celtics 88
Pistons 103, Magic 87
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