NBA roundup: Gordon scores 50 points in Rockets’ win

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Houston Rockets Guard Eric Gordon (10) goes to the basket for a dunk against the Utah Jazz

Eric Gordon scored a career-high 50 points, Danuel House Jr. chipped in a double-double, and the short-handed Houston Rockets pulled off a stunning 126-117 victory over the red-hot Utah Jazz on Monday in Salt Lake City.

With James Harden (thigh), Russell Westbrook (rested) and Clint Capela (heel) all unavailable for the second game, Gordon carried Houston with a scintillating performance.

The veteran guard shot 14 of 22 from the floor, drilled 6 of 11 3-point attempts and hit 16 of 20 free throws to lead the way.

His three-point play through a Rudy Gobert foul extended the Houston lead to 118-105 with 1:39 remaining, and snuffed out the final hope Utah had at capping a comeback.

House added 21 points with 11 rebounds while adding five steals, and Austin Rivers contributed 21 points for Houston. Gobert posted 12 points and 14 rebounds for Utah, which got 36 points from Donovan Mitchell and 30 from Bojan Bogdanovic.

The Jazz had won 14 of their previous 15 games.

Dallas Mavericks 107 – 97 Oklahoma City Thunder

Luka Doncic scored 29 points to lead Dallas to a road win over Oklahoma City, snapping the Thunder’s five-game winning streak. Doncic was just 2 of 8 from the field in the opening quarter, but 8 of 16 the rest of the way.

Dallas Mavericks Point Guard Luka Doncic (77) guarded by Oklahoma City Thunder Center Steven Adams (12)

Tim Hardaway Jr. added 15 points for the Mavericks, while Kristaps Porzingis and Delon Wright scored 14 each. Wright added a season-high 12 rebounds.

For Oklahoma City, Dennis Schroder was forced into the starting lineup for the first time this season as Chris Paul missed the game one day after the death of his close friend, Kobe Bryant.

Paul and Bryant played on two Olympic teams together. Schroder and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had a combined 11 of 36 from the floor. Schroder led the Thunder with 21 points.

Miami Heat 113 – 92 Orlando Magic

Center Bam Adebayo recorded the third triple-double of his career — 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists — as hosts Miami defeated Orlando.

Miami Heat Power Forward Bam Adebayo (R) goes for a lay-up against the Orlando Magic

The Heat also got 21 points from Duncan Robinson, while Jimmy Butler had 19 points and seven assists. With the win, the Heat tied the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers for best home record in the NBA (21-2).

Orlando, which had won nine of its previous 13 games against in-state rival Miami, was led by Nikola Vucevic’s double-double: 13 points and 12 rebounds. Aaron Gordon added 13 points, but just two after halftime.

Other NBA results

Chicago Bulls 110 – 109 San Antonio Spurs

Cleveland Cavaliers 115 – 100 Detroit Pistons

Sacramento Kings 133 – 129 Minnesota Timberwolves (OT)

 

Chidi Nwoke.