Rockets 110, Bucks 99
James Harden scored 26 points, Eric Gordon had 18 points and two momentum-swinging 3-pointers in the third quarter, and the Houston Rockets beat the host Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night for their 17th straight win.
The Rockets passed the Boston Celtics for the longest winning streak in the NBA this season. Houston hasn’t lost since Jan. 26 at New Orleans.
The latest victory came on the second of a tough back-to-back stretch of road games that started with a 10-point victory at Oklahoma City. No wonder the Rockets looked sluggish at times against the Bucks.
Trailing by about 10 points for most of the fourth quarter, Milwaukee got within 104-99 with 1:06 left on Sterling Brown’s layup.
Chris Paul answered with a short floater in the lane with 45 seconds left after driving on Jason Terry to silence Bucks fans who were pleading “Defense! Defense!”
Houston obliged after forcing the Bucks to waste 15 seconds on the ensuing inbounds pass and settle for an off-balance 3 that missed. The Rockets led comfortably from there.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points. Khris Middleton finished with 18 points for Milwaukee, while Brown had 15.
Paul had 16 points and 11 assists for Houston.
Bulls 119, Grizzlies 110
Lauri Markkanen scored 22 points, Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn added 21 apiece, and the host Chicago Bulls hung on to hand the Memphis Grizzlies their 15th straight loss.
The Bulls had a 21-point lead whittle to one but came away with their fourth win in 18 games.
Dunn scored 11 in the fourth quarter and made four free throws in the final 33.7 seconds to help Chicago come out on top.
Justin Holiday added 14 points — going 5 for 5 from the field and nailing four 3-pointers — after the NBA prodded the Bulls to start playing him and Robin Lopez again.
Memphis’ Dillon Brooks scored 20 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter. Marc Gasol and Ben McLemore added 17 apiece, but the Grizzlies couldn’t snap the NBA’s longest skid this season.
Jazz 104, Pacers 84
Rudy Gobert had 23 points and 14 rebounds, Donovan Mitchell finished with 20 points and six assists, and the Utah Jazz stayed hot with a victory over the host Indiana Pacers.
The Jazz improved to 15-2 over their last 17 games. Ricky Rubio finished with 18 points and seven assists for Utah, and reserve Jae Crowder added 16 points. Joe Ingles had 11 points and 10 assists.
NOTEBOOK: NBA reviews claim
The NBA is reviewing 2011 allegations of sexual assault against Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and the investigation that led to a decision by prosecutors not to pursue the case.
League spokesman Mike Bass said the NBA was looking into the matter, a day after a weekly alternative newspaper in Portland, Ore., reported a woman’s claim that Cuban put his hands down her pants and touched her inappropriately while they were taking a photo at a Portland nightclub.
NBA: Rockets extend winning streak to 17, beat Bucks 110-99
Rockets 110, Bucks 99