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Houston 114, Washington 111
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, District of Columbia
Officials: #82 Suyash Mehta, #4 Sean Wright, #28 Mousa Dagher
Attendance: 13014

Kevin Porter Jr. nailed a step-back 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left and Christian Wood recorded his 18th double-double as the Houston Rockets snapped an eight-game losing skid with a 114-111 victory over the host Washington Wizards on Wednesday.

Porter and Wood returned from one-game suspensions to help the Rockets overcome a late Wizards rally, one co-authored by Kyle Kuzma (24 points, nine rebounds) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (26 points, five 3-pointers). Raul Neto tied the game at 111-111 on a driving layup with 22.6 seconds left.

But Porter, who shot just 3 for 13, made his lone field goal of the second half count. Wood totaled 22 points, 11 rebounds and three steals while Jalen Green added 22 points and Eric Gordon 19.

Wizards guard Bradley Beal fouled out with 9:10 remaining and a game-high 27 points in 29 minutes.

The Rockets led 94-87 but Washington did not fold, pulling even at 102-102 on the first of two game-tying Neto layups at the 3:01 mark of the fourth. Neto finished with 14 points and four assists off the bench.

The Rockets were quick in taking a double-digit lead, starting 7 of 12 from the floor while surging to an 18-8 lead before the Wizards called a timeout. Houston led by as many as a dozen points in the opening period before Beal carried Washington back into contention with 12 first-quarter points, including six in succession down the stretch of the opening period.

Houston reserves totaled 14 first-half points, including 10 of the Rockets' 12 points during an opening push in the second period that helped the Rockets extend to a 41-35 lead.

The Wizards responded with a 9-1 run, as Corey Kispert scored the last five points during that stretch, including a 3-pointer that gave Washington its first lead at 44-42. There were five lead changes in the second quarter but with Beal (16 points), Caldwell-Pope (14) and Kuzma (12) all scoring in double figures prior to intermission, the Wizards carried a 55-54 lead into the break.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Houston   Washington
Jalen Green 22 Scoring Bradley Beal 27
Kevin Porter Jr. 8 Assists Bradley Beal 5
Christian Wood 11 Rebounds Kyle Kuzma 9
Christian Wood 6 Free Throws Made Bradley Beal 6
Kevin Porter Jr. 4 Steals Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 3
Garrison Mathews 1 Blocks Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 2
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Houston 114 47.1 9-26 25-32 15 48 2 10 21
Washington 111 44.0 10-39 21-26 18 41 6 9 15
Upcoming Games
  • Washington will play their next game on the road against Chicago. The Wizards have a W/L % of .474 after a win and .526 after a loss.
  • Houston will play their next game at home against Dallas. The Rockets have a W/L % of .600 after a win and .172 after a loss.