Hornets ride early 20-0 lead to win over slumping Rockets

Terry Rozier scored 24 points and the fast-starting Charlotte Hornets beat the slumping Houston Rockets 108-99 on Saturday night.

The Hornets roared ahead 20-0 in the first 6½ minutes. The Rockets had eight turnovers and missed five 3-pointers on their first 12 possessions.

Houston twice closed within three in the second quarter and within five in the third quarter. The Rockets have lost three straight after winning six straight and 10 of 12.

James Harden had 30 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists for his 46th career triple-double and fourth this season. He also had 10 of Houston’s 21 turnovers.

Robert Covington added 25 points for the Rockets, and Jeff Green had 20.

Rozier scored 12 of his points in the third quarter to help Charlotte snap a three-game losing streak.

Devonte’ Graham added 23 points, P.J. Washington 22, Cody Zeller 13 and Miles Bridges 10.

Warriors 118, 76ers 114

In San Francisco, Eric Paschall scored 23 points, including a pair of free throws with 51.7 seconds remaining, and Golden State beat Philadelphia to snap a 10-game home losing streak.

Playing once again without Stephen Curry, the Warriors trailed most of the game and were down by eight entering the fourth quarter.

Curry, who returned from a 58-game absence to play Thursday night, was diagnosed with the flu and was held out. The Warriors termed it a seasonal flu and said that Curry has begun treatment. The team also said that Curry is not at specific risk for COVID-19 or coronavirus. Philadelphia was missing stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, while Golden State also was without Draymond Green.

Damion Lee had Lee finished with 24 points and six rebounds for the Warriors, and Marquese Chriss added 13 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

Tobias Harris scored 24 points for Philadelphia. Al Horford had 22 points and 10 rebounds,

Jazz 111, Pistons 105

In Detroit, Bojan Bogdanovic scored 32 points and Utah withstood two big Pistons rallies for its fifth straight victory.

Utah led by 22 points in the second quarter, but the Pistons came all the way back to tie it early in the fourth. The Jazz then went on an 18-2 run, but that big lead nearly slipped away as well. It was a one-possession game before Utah’s Rudy Gobert made two free throws with 18.5 seconds left to make it 107-102.

The Jazz moved 1½ games ahead of the Houston Rockets for the No. 4 spot in the Western Conference.

Donovan Mitchell scored 25 points for Utah. Christian Wood scored a career-high 30 points for Detroit. The Pistons lost for the 17th time in 21 games.

In Other Games

Cavaliers 104, Nuggets 102

Grizzlies 118, Hawks 101

Kings 123, Trail Blazers 111

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