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

Does the James Harden trade help the Nets catch the Lakers? — Press Telegram

Editor’s note: This is the Wednesday, Jan. 13 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter from reporter Kyle Goon. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here. A 117-100 drubbing by the Lakers was the final straw in a frayed relationship for Houston and James Harden, who said Tuesday night, “I don’t…

Does the James Harden trade help the Nets catch the Lakers? — Press Telegram

James Harden kept out of practice after he disparages Rockets — The Denver Post

HOUSTON — James Harden doesn’t want to be a Houston Rocket. On Wednesday, the Rockets told him they didn’t want him at practice after his inflammatory comments about the team. “We felt it was best for James and best for the group for him not to come to practice,” coach Stephen Silas said. The disgruntled…

James Harden kept out of practice after he disparages Rockets — The Denver Post

John Wall upset with NBA coronavirus protocols: ‘I didn’t do anything wrong’ — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Rockets players John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins began the season quarantining due to the NBA’s contact-tracing protocols.

John Wall upset with NBA coronavirus protocols: ‘I didn’t do anything wrong’ — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic tries to explain historic night: “I was just trying to play the game” — The Denver Post

Nikola Jokic picked apart his own superlative game like he eviscerated the Rockets’ defense. “I was just trying to play the game,” he said after his 19-point, 18-assist, 12-rebound masterpiece. “I never go into a game (thinking) I’m gonna try to score. If it’s there … yes, I need to be more aggressive, especially in…

Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic tries to explain historic night: “I was just trying to play the game” — The Denver Post

Wall, Cousins, Gordon, Jones all quarantined, out for Rockets’ games Friday, Monday — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

James Harden has been cleared and will play.

Wall, Cousins, Gordon, Jones all quarantined, out for Rockets’ games Friday, Monday — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

NBA Rumors: Multiple Rockets Players Facing Seven-Day Quarantine — NESN.com

The Houston Rockets’ COVID-19 situation just keeps getting messier. A Rockets staff member tested positive for the virus Thursday, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, prompting new contact tracing efforts. This has left Eric Gordon’s availability in question for the team’s upcoming week of games. A number of players reportedly are facing a seven-day quarantine […]

NBA Rumors: Multiple Rockets Players Facing Seven-Day Quarantine — NESN.com

Adam Silver: James Harden Not Suspended Because Violation Was First Offense — NBC4 Washington

The NBA commissioner clarified the punishment handed down to Rockets star James Harden for violating the COVID-19 protocol.

Adam Silver: James Harden Not Suspended Because Violation Was First Offense — NBC4 Washington