Rockets dump Kings for 10th consecutive win

Kevin McHale

Kevin McHale

The Bulls have lost nine of 11.

Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey announced the signing of veteran guard/forward Joe Johnson in a press release Wednesday.

The Rockets are 44-13 entering the All-Star break after winning 17 of their last 19 games.

After halftime, the Rockets built the lead to 17 when Harden canned a 15-foot fadeaway only to see the Kings finish the quarter on an 11-3 spurt to get the lead back to single-digits. They were down six late before Houston used a 7-2 run, capped by a three-pointer from Harden, to make it 94-83 with just more than a minute left. Bogdan Bogdanovic paced Sacramento with 20 points and five assists while Garrett Temple added 13 points off the bench. Following a pair of Jimmy Butler free throws, Minnesota led 27-14 and, while Houston missed 6 of 9 3-pointers and 3 of 5 free throws in the first period, the Rockets managed to maintain contact with two late 3s. Following a few lead changes, the Kings ended the first with a 25-20 advantage.

The Rockets (44-13) have won 10 straight and will head into the All-Star break this weekend a half game ahead of the Warriors for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers aren't the only team loading up for a run at the reigning National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors.

Jazz 107, Suns 97: Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points, Royce O'Neale had a career-high 19 for host Utah, which won its 11th straight game.

Tobias Harris scored 21 points and Danilo Gallinari added 20 to lead Los Angeles to the victory.

Kyrie Irving led Boston with 33 points and eight assists.

Sacramento battled in the fourth, but never got closer than five as it falls to 18-39. Devin Booker returned from a hip injury to lead Phoenix with 28 points. Josh Jackson added 22 points, and Elfrid Payton had a triple-double with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Paul George scored 28 points, Russell Westbrook added 23 points in his 17th triple-double of the season, and Oklahoma City held off Memphis. Capela had two blocks and has had at least two in eight of his last nine games. The Thunder made a season-high 17 3-pointers.

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