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NBA: Victor Oladipo has 25 points, Rockets beat Trail Blazers

Houston Rockets forward Jae'Sean Tate and guard Victor Oladipo attempt to block a shot.
Houston Rockets forward Jae’Sean Tate (8) and guard Victor Oladipo (7) attempt to block a shot by Portland Trail Blazers guard Gary Trent Jr. (2) during the first quarter on Thursday in Houston.
(Troy Taormina / Associated Press)

Victor Oladipo scored 25 points and Houston shook off a terrible first quarter and held on late to beat Portland.

The Rockets were down by 20 points in the first quarter before using a big second to take the lead and hold on down the stretch for their fourth straight victory.

Christian Wood finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds in his return after missing three games with a sprained right ankle. John Wall had 20.

Damian Lillard had 30 points and nine assists for Portland.

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CLIPPERS 109, HEAT 105

MIAMI (AP) — Nicolas Batum scored 18 points and Los Angles used a 20-2 run in the third quarter to beat short-handed and reeling Miami.

Lou Williams had 17 points for the Clippers, who were again without Kawhi Leonard and Paul George because of the league’s virus protocols and Patrick Beverley with right knee soreness. The Clippers won despite trailing by 18 early.

Tyler Herro returned after missing seven games with neck spasms and scored 19 points for Miami, which dropped its fifth straight.

The Heat welcomed back about 1,500 fans, all of whom had to get past virus-sniffing dogs or pass a rapid coronavirus test, for the first time since last season was suspended on March 11 as the pandemic was beginning.

Suns 114, Warriors 93

Mikal Bridges scored 20 points, Deandre Ayton added 12 points and 13 rebounds and Phoenix pulled away in the second half to beat Golden State.

The Suns snapped a three-game losing streak and moved back above .500 at 9-8. The Warriors fell to 10-9.

Frank Kaminsky narrowly missed a triple-double with 12 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, and Abdel Nader added 16 points and five rebounds. All-Star guard Devin Booker missed his third straight game with a sore hamstring


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