Jazz win 5th straight, beat Rockets, 124-116 — ABC4 Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – The NBA leading Jazz played solid team basketball, finishing with 28 assists and six players scored in double figures as they defeated the Houston Rockets 124-116. Georges Niang led the team with scoring and tied his career-high with 24 points. Jordan Clarkson came in off the bench and poured…

Jazz win 5th straight, beat Rockets, 124-116 — ABC4 Utah

Warriors’ Green questionable vs. Rockets with shoulder injury — Santa Cruz Sentinel

Warriors forward Draymond Green is questionable for Saturday’s game against the Houston Rockets with a left trapezius contusion.

Warriors’ Green questionable vs. Rockets with shoulder injury — Santa Cruz Sentinel

Leonard Scores 31 As Clippers Extend Winning Streak To 4 — CBS Los Angeles

Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points, Reggie Jackson added 26 and the Los Angeles Clippers used a dominating second quarter Friday night to defeat the Houston Rockets 126-109 and extend their winning streak to four games.

Leonard Scores 31 As Clippers Extend Winning Streak To 4 — CBS Los Angeles

Rockets reportedly do not want to follow “the process,” will not dump veterans for picks — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Other GMs around the league took one key lesson away from Sam Hinkie’s “process” in Philadelphia — he got fired.

Rockets reportedly do not want to follow “the process,” will not dump veterans for picks — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Rockets-Pacers game postponed because of Texas storm — The China Post, Taiwan

HOUSTON (AP) — The game between the Houston Rockets and the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night was postponed because of continued utility shortages in the area from this week’s winter storm.It’s the second straight home postponement for the Rockets. Friday’s game against Dallas was called off on Thursday. The team said the decision was made after discussions with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and the NBA. No makeup date for either game has been set. ___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Rockets-Pacers game postponed because of Texas storm — The China Post, Taiwan

Beal Outduels Ex-Teammate Wall, Wizards Top Rockets 131-119 — CBS Baltimore

Bradley Beal scored 37 points in an entertaining duel with ex-teammate John Wall, and the Wizards beat the undermanned Houston Rockets 131-119 on Monday night in Wall’s return to Washington.

Beal Outduels Ex-Teammate Wall, Wizards Top Rockets 131-119 — CBS Baltimore

Jimmy Butler has triple-double, leads Heat past Rockets — The China Post, Taiwan

HOUSTON (AP) — Jimmy Butler had a triple-double with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists and the Miami Heat overcame a slow start to beat the slumping Houston Rockets 101-94 on Thursday night.Miami won its fourth straight and handed Houston its fourth loss in a row.Butler had his first triple-double of the season and 10th overall. The Heat came close to having two players with triple-doubles, with Bam Adebayo finishing with 10 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists before fouling out with about a minute left.Miami trailed by 13 in the first half, but used a big run and great defense in the third to take a 12-point lead into the fourth quarter. They remained up by 12 after a dunk by Adebayo before Houston used a 9-0 run to get to 97-94 with less than a minute to go. The Heat missed two shots after that but got the rebound both times, with Butler grabbing the second one. He was fouled and made two free throws with 10 seconds to go and the Heat added two more free throws in the final seconds to secure the win. John Wall and Eric Gordon led the Rockets with 17 points each.Miami pushed the lead to 15 on a 3-pointer by Max Strus with about eight minutes to go before Houston used a 10-3 spurt, capped by a 3 from DeMarcus Cousins, to get within 88-80 three minutes later. A 3-pointer by John Wall got the Rockets within seven not long after that, but Miami scored the next five points to pull away again — 95-83. The Heat used a 12-0 run to take a 70-59 lead with about 3 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter. They pushed the lead to 12 entering the fourth quarter after limiting Houston to just 10 points in the third. TIP-INSHeat: The team learned shortly before game time that Tyler Herro would not be available in accordance with the NBA’s health and safety protocols, which would mean he either tested positive, had an inconclusive test or was flagged because contact tracing data suggested that he may have been exposed to someone else positive for COVID-19. The Heat were scheduled to fly to Salt Lake City later Thursday night for a game there Saturday against the Utah Jazz. It was not immediately clear if Herro would be cleared to fly with his team there, if he would remain behind in Houston, or return to Miami. If Herro is forced to stay behind, it might only mean they didn’t get a new test result back.Rockets: Christian Wood missed his fourth straight game with a sprained right ankle. … Cousins had 16 points and 11 rebounds. UP NEXTHeat: Play the second game of a seven-game trip at Utah on Saturday. Rockets: Begin a three-game trip at New York on Saturday night. ___AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds contributed to this report. ___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Jimmy Butler has triple-double, leads Heat past Rockets — The China Post, Taiwan

Watch LaMelo knock down seven three-pointers, lift Hornets past Rockets — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Everywhere LaMelo Ball has played basketball, people have tried to change his 3-point shot.

Watch LaMelo knock down seven three-pointers, lift Hornets past Rockets — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

What Bradley Beal Expects From John Wall When Wizards Face Houston — NBC4 Washington

Tuesday will be the first time Bradley Beal plays against John Wall in an NBA game. He shared his expectations for the match-up.

What Bradley Beal Expects From John Wall When Wizards Face Houston — NBC4 Washington

Report: Pacers offered Victor Oladipo contract extension with $25M starting salary — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

The largest extension Indiana could have offered Oladipo had a total value of $112,896,000 over four years.

Report: Pacers offered Victor Oladipo contract extension with $25M starting salary — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Ayton has season-high 26 points, Suns beat Rockets 109-103 — The China Post, Taiwan

HOUSTON (AP) — Deandre Ayton had season highs with 26 points and 17 rebounds and the Phoenix Suns beat the Houston Rockets 109-103 on Wednesday night to end a two-game skid.The Suns won for the first time since Jan. 9. Between the two losses, they had three games postponed because of health and safety protocols after playing at Washington.The Suns led by 20 points in the third quarter, but the Rockets used a couple of runs to get back in it. A jump shot by Devin Booker, who had 24 points, pushed the lead to eight with less than three minutes to go. But Houston scored the next six points, with four from Victor Oladipo, to cut it to 103-101 with 90 seconds left. Ayton made two free throws and Booker added two more to push the lead to 106-101 with 45 seconds to go. Oladipo made a pair of free throws for Houston, but a layup by Booker sealed the victory. Oladipo and Eric Gordon had 22 points apiece for the Rockets. They have lost three of four since James Harden was traded to Brooklyn. Chris Paul had 13 points for the Suns to give him 19,004 in his career, making him the 60th player in NBA history to reach 19,000.Mason Jones made a layup for Houston to start the fourth quarter and cut the lead to five before Ayton took over, scoring eight points during a 10-0 run to make it 99-84 with seven minutes to go. Ayton had two dunks and two blocks in that stretch.A dunk by Christian Wood soon after that ended a scoring drought of more than five minutes and was the start of a 9-0 run that got Houston within 101-95 with about three minutes left. A 3-pointer by Gordon cut the lead to 11 early in the third quarter before the Suns scored the next nine points to make it 74-54 with eight minutes left in the quarter.Gordon ended the run by Phoenix after that with another 3-pointer which was the start of an 8-0 run by Houston that cut the deficit to 74-62.The Suns were up by 14 later in the third after a tip-in shot by Ayton. The Rockets then used a 10-1 spurt to get within 82-77 with about 2 ½ minutes left in the quarter.Phoenix went on a 7-2 run to extend its lead to 10 but a 3-point play by David Nwaba cut it to 89-82 entering the fourth. TIP-INSSuns: Damian Jones and Dario Saric both sat out for a second straight game and Jalen Smith missed his fifth in a row because of health and safety protocols. … Jae Crowder had 11 points off the bench. Rockets: John Wall missed his fourth straight game with a sore left knee and Danuel House (back spasms and self-isolation) sat out for the ninth game in a row. Coach Stephen Silas said he doesn’t expect either player to return until at least next week. … Wood had 20 points and 11 rebounds. UP NEXTSuns: Host consecutive games against Denver beginning on Friday night as part of a four-game homestand. Rockets: Begin a two-game trip on Friday at Detroit.

Ayton has season-high 26 points, Suns beat Rockets 109-103 — The China Post, Taiwan