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Rockets suffer 20th straight defeat in NBA

The Houston Rockets slumped to their 20th straight loss, a 114-112 defeat by the Oklahoma City.

The Houston Rockets slumped to their 20th straight loss in a 114-112 defeat to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Houston gave up an 11-point deficit in the opening quarter but managed to explode for 40 points in the second to bring the gap back to just four.

Things remained neck-and-neck throughout most of the second half, but a late scoring spree and game-saving block by Luguentz Dort ultimately proved the difference.

Dort finished with 23 points, while Houston’s Christian Wood had 27 and eight rebounds in the losing effort.

Chris Paul became the sixth player in NBA history to register 10,000 assists as he led the Phoenix Suns to a 111-94 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

The 17-point win also marked Paul’s first triple-double in a Suns uniform, posting 11 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists.

Meanwhile, the Lakers sorely missed the presence of LeBron James, who is facing a lengthy stint on the sidelines after injuring his ankle in a defeat against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday.

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