Houston, we have liftoff

By Associated Press in Houston | China Daily | 2017-01-04 07:59

Houston, we have liftoff

Houston Rockets forward Ryan Anderson (3) dribbles the ball as Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (13) defends during the second quarter at Toyota Center in Houston, US on Jan 2, 2017. [Photo/Agencies]

Anderson scored eight points on 3-for-7 shooting from the field, including 2 for 5 on 3s) to help Houston start off the new month with a win following a 15-2 December.

John Wall had 18 points and 11 assists for Washington, which snapped a three-game winning streak and failed to move over .500 for the first time since it was 6-5 last season.

Bradley Beal had 27 points for the Wizards after missing Friday's game against Brooklyn with a right ankle sprain.

Gordon hit a deep 3 to give Houston an eight-point lead with two minutes remaining and later stretched the lead to 10 with a layup with a little more than a minute left.

Washington had a 53-41 halftime lead, thanks in large part to Houston's eight turnovers and poor shooting from beyond the arc.

The Rockets were just 2 of 17 on 3s in the first half but made 10 of 22 in the second half to turn the game around.

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