WEDNeSDAY’S OTHER NBA GAMES
Pistons 115, Nets 106
Andre Drummond had 17 points and 27 rebounds, and the Pistons extended their winning streak to five. Blake Griffin scored 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter for the Pistons, who have not lost since acquiring him in a trade last week. Griffin will face his old team Friday night when the Los Angeles Clippers are in town. Allen Crabbe had 19 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter for the Nets. They have lost four in a row and eight of nine. Crabbe scored 16 of Brooklyn’s points in a row during one fourth-quarter stretch, capped by a 3-pointer that cut Detroit’s lead to three at 91-88. The Pistons put the ball in Griffin’s hands after that, and he scored nine of their next 11.
Rockets 109, Heat 101
James Harden scored 41 points and the Rockets beat the Heat for their sixth straight victory and 10th in 11 games. Chris Paul added 24 points, seven assists, and seven rebounds for the Rockets. Goran Dragic and Josh Richardson each had 30 points for Miami. The Heat have a five-game losing streak, their longest slide of the season. Harden eclipsed the 40-point mark for the eighth time this season. He was 13 of 25 shots from the field, going 5 of 12 from 3-point, and hit 10 of 12 free frees. He also had six assists and rebounds. Harden scored 13 points in the fourth quarter and the Heat were unable to get any closer than 94-90 with five minutes left. Clint Capela added 13 points for the Rockets, who are 24-1 when Harden, Paul, and Capela play.
Jazz 92, Grizzlies 88
Ricky Rubio had 29 points and eight rebounds, Rodney Hood scored 18 and the Jazz won their seventh straight. Utah’s latest win was hardly indicative of its recent play on offense. During the streak, the Jazz had averaged almost 118 points and 52 percent shooting. They made only 42 percent of their shots against Memphis. Andrew Harrison led the Grizzlies with a career-high 23 points, and Marc Gasol scored 20. JaMychal Green and Dillon Brooks added 11 apiece as Memphis lost its fifth straight.
The game between the Pacers and Pelicans has been postponed after nearly two-hour delay because of a roof leak that briefly allowed rain water to puddle near one of the foul lines. While Smoothie King Center crews fashioned a fabric catch basin in the rafters to stop water from dripping on the court, Pacers coach Nate McMillan said coaches and players on both teams didn’t want to risk an injury in the event the make-shift fix didn’t hold up for the duration of Wednesday night’s game. Officials have not yet announced when the game will be made up.