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NBA Roundup: Rockets Top Thunder for 16th Straight

  • Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) dunks against the Atlanta Hawks during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)



Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Oklahoma City — Chris Paul scored 25 points and the Houston Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 122-112, on Tuesday night for their 16th straight win.

James Harden had 23 points and 11 assists, and Trevor Ariza added 15 points for the Rockets, who are on the second-longest win streak in franchise history.

Russell Westbrook scored 32 points and Carmelo Anthony added 23 for Oklahoma City, which is in a logjam of teams trying to fight their way into third place in the West.

Oklahoma City had beaten several of the league’s top teams this season. The Thunder have two wins over Golden State, a victory over Toronto and a win over Cleveland this season. The Rockets avoided that fate by going 17 of 33 on 3-pointers and 29 of 34 on free throws.

Raptors 106, Hawks 90

Toronto — DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 and the Raptors beat Atlanta for their fifth straight win.

C.J. Miles added 14 points, and Delon Wright and Serge Ibaka each had 10 as the Eastern Conference leaders won for the 12th time in 13 games and completed their first season sweep of the Hawks since 2001-02.

Wizards 117, Heat 113 (ot)

Washington — Bradley Beal scored 30 points on 12-of-16 shooting and the Washington Wizards had their best 3-point shooting night of the season in a victory over Miami.

Beal went 6 of 7 from beyond the arc, leading a Washington team that finished 14 for 24 there while snapping its first three-game losing streak of the season.

Sixers 128, Hornets 114

Charlotte, n.c. — Robert Covington scored 22 points, rookie sensation Ben Simmons flirted with a triple-double and the Philadelphia handed the Hornets their fourth straight loss.

Simmons had 16 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds as the 76ers won for the third time in the last four games.

Celtics’ Smart Fined

Boston — Celtics guard Marcus Smart was fined $15,000 for public criticism of officiating.

After Boston’s 123-120 loss to Houston on Saturday, Smart said Rockets guard James Harden is among those who receive favorable treatment from referees.

Smart told the Boston Globe that “certain players” get “calls that other guys just wouldn’t get.”