HOUSTON (AP) – John Wall had 31 points and seven assists on his return from injury, and the Houston Rockets broke a five-game slip Wednesday night with a 102-93 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.
Wall had missed the previous four games with swelling in his right knee. Christian Wood added 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets.
The game was level with about two minutes to go before the Rockets scored the next seven runs to take a 96-89 lead with one minute to go. Wall got it all started with a lay-up and a three-point game. Kevin Porter Jr. covered the point when he blocked a shot from Dorian Finney-Smith and closed the other end with a two-handed dunk.
Kristaps Porzingis had 23 points and 12 rebounds in his return after missing Monday's game with a sprained right wrist for the Mavericks, whose five-game winning streak ended. Luka Doncic added 23 points on 9-of-26 shooting, including 1 of 9 on 3-pointers.
The game was the last of the season between the in-state rivals. It was moved from February 19 due to utility problems following a rare Texas winter storm. Houston won the season series 2-1.
Houston led with eleven after three quarters, but the Mavericks used a run of 12-5, with seven runs from Tim Hardaway Jr., to come in 80-76 with about eight minutes to go.
A three-point play by Kelly Olynyk gave the Rockets an 89-84 lead. But the Mavericks scored the next five runs, highlighted by another 3 by Finney-Smith, only to tie it in about a minute later.
Misfits: Maxi Kleber sat outside with right leg pain. … Trey Burke missed a second game in a row with a tense left calf. … Hardaway had 18 points off the bench.
Rockets: Danuel House Jr. missed his second game with a sprained right ankle. … Porter had 14 points. … Olynyk had 10 points and a career-high 18 rebounds.
Mavericks: Play the first of three home games on Thursday night against Milwaukee.
Rockets: Begin Friday night on a three-game trip against the Clippers.