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Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis confounds Rockets

Kristaps Porzingis, Trevor Ariza

New York’s Kristaps Porzingis, right, and Houston’s Trevor Ariza fight for the ball on Saturday.

(Eric Christian Smith / Associated Press)

Kristaps Porzingis had 24 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocked shots to lead the New York Knicks to a 107-102 road victory over the slumping Houston Rockets on Saturday night.

The Knicks won their fourth straight overall. They also snapped an 11-game losing streak against the Rockets and a 10-game skid when playing in Houston.

James Harden had 24 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds as the Rockets lost for the sixth time in their last seven games.

The Rockets threw a wide variety of defenders Porzingis’ way, using Harden’s strength, Trevor Ariza’s length or Terrence Jones’ combination of those two attributes.

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But the 7-foot-3 rookie found ways to score, mostly with his jump shot, helping the Knicks have just enough in the matchup of teams who were both playing for the second straight night.

 

Sacramento 97, at Orlando 91: DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points and 12 rebounds and Rajon Rondo added 13 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Kings. Trailing, 65-61, the Kings outscored the Magic, 22-2, in the final 5:03 of the third quarter.

at Indiana 123, Milwaukee 86: C.J. Miles scored a season-high 21 points, Paul George had 20 points and seven rebounds, and Jordan Hill added a season-high 20 points off the bench for the Pacers, who have won five of six.

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at Cleveland 109, Atlanta 97: Kevin Love scored a season-high 25 points and LeBron James added 19 for the Cavaliers. The teams met for the first time since the Cavaliers swept the Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals.

Washington 97, at Detroit 95: The Wizards had the ball and a two-point lead with 9.2 seconds left, but Otto Porter was called for a five-second violation on the inbound attempt. That gave the Pistons a last chance, but Marcus Morris missed a three-point shot at the buzzer.

at Miami 96, Philadelphia 91: The 76ers were ahead most of the night, even building their biggest lead of the season. But the Heat held Philadelphia without a field goal for a seven-minute stretch in the fourth quarter to rally to win. Dwyane Wade scored 27 points.

at San Antonio 92, Memphis 82: Kawhi Leonard scored 19 points, Tony Parker had 18 and the Spurs snapped the Grizzlies’ four-game winning streak. San Antonio is unbeaten in six home games.

 

—associated press


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