The Wizards hand the Rockets’ their fifth straight loss, 121-103

The Wizards hand the Rockets’ their fifth straight loss, 121-103

The Houston Rockets are coming fresh off of a disappointing 99-98 loss to the Boston Celtics, hoping to avoid a fifth straight loss as they visit the Nation’s Capital to take on the Washington Wizards.  The Wizards, on the other hand, are looking to bounce back from the loss they took against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.  This matchup between the Rockets and the Wizards will mark the first of two games that these ball clubs will play against each other this season.  They have battled each other a total of 153 times in the past as the Rockets won 73 games while the Wizards ended up 80 games.

INACTIVES:

Washington Wizards:

Sheldon Mac (Achilles)
Mike Young (G-League)
Devin Robinson (G-League)
Mike Scott (personal; 9.6 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.8 APG, 57.4 FG%, 40.5 3P%)

Houston Rockets:

Clint Capela (eye; 14.2 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 1.2 APG, 69.1 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Luc Mbah a Moute (shoulder; 6.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 45.8 FG%, 37.3 3P%)
Troy Williams (knee; 1.3 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 22.2 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Nene (coach’s decision; 7.3 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 0.9 APG, 59.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Demetrius Jackson (G-League; 0.7 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.4 APG, 28.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Chinanu Onuaku (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Washington Wizards would have full control of this game as they shot fifty-one percent from the field in the first half, limiting the visiting team to thirty-eight percent.  Otto Porter would light the floor up with 14 points as he drilled 3 three-pointers in the first quarter.  Bradley Beal contributed with nine points while John Wall was limited to just six points on fifty percent shooting.  Markieff Morris was able to get his hands on eight defensive rebounds while Jodie Meeks grabbed two defensive rebounds.  Kelly Oubre played 14 minutes off of the bench as he chalked up eight points.

As for the Houston team, James Harden scored 12 points on sixty percent shooting.  He knocked down a three-pointer in the first quarter while Trevor Ariza had seven points and five defensive rebounds.  Eric Gordon played the most minutes off of the bench as he also had seven points but it was the Wizards who walked into the locker room with a 59-48 advantage.

The Washington Wizards would continue to play well as they went on a 62-55 run in the second half, shooting fifty-six percent while holding the visiting team to forty-eight percent.  Kelly Oubre ended up scoring 13 points which included 3 three-pointers.  Otto Porter knocked down four three-pointers to give himself 12 points while earning himself three defensive rebounds, three assists, and two steals.  Bradley Beal would collect 12 points while John Wall settled for 11 points.  Former Pacers’ center Ian Mahinmi played 12 minutes off of the Washington bench as he was kept to just two points.

New player Gerald Green would come off of the Houston bench to chalk up 13 points which contained 3 three-pointers.  Harden would contribute with eight points while Tarik Black had four points and eight rebounds.  2017 Sixth Man of the Year Eric Gordon helped out with nine points but it wasn’t enough as the Washington Wizards handed the Houston Rockets a 121-103 blowout loss.  Otto Porter finished the game with 26 points, 6 rebounds, a season-high 7 assists, and 2 steals.  James Harden settled for 20 points, 4 assists, one steal, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Washington Wizards will host Nikola Mirotic (17.2 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50 FG%) and the Chicago Bulls (12-22) on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.  This meeting will mark the first of three games that these two teams will play against each other this season.  They have met up a total of 233 times in the past as the Bulls won 123 games while the Wizards ended up pulling 110 wins.

The Houston Rockets will host Kyle Kuzma (17.8 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.7 APG, 48 FG%) and the Los Angeles Lakers (11-22) on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.  This game will mark the third of four matchups between these two teams this season.  The Rockets and the Lakers have met up a total of 249 times as the Rockets won 93 games while the Lakers ended up winning 156 games.  The last time they battled each other was on December 20 when the Lakers pulled away with a 122-116 victory.  In that game, Kyle Kuzma scored 38 points, pulled down 7 rebounds, dished off 4 assists, and blocked one shot.  James Harden finished with 51 points, 3 rebounds, 9 assists, one steal, and one block.

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