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Porter scores 26, Wizards hand Rockets 5th straight loss

WASHINGTON (AP) The Houston Rockets won 25 of their first 29 games to notch the NBA's best record, then quickly entered their worst tailspin in nearly five years.

Otto Porter Jr. scored 26 points, Bradley Beal and Kelly Oubre Jr. had 21 each, and the Washington Wizards beat the Rockets 121-103 Friday night for Houston's fifth straight loss. It's the longest skid for the Rockets since dropping seven straight from Jan. 9-19, 2013.

NBA scoring leader James Harden matched his season low with 20 points for the Rockets. Chris Paul returned after missing three games with a strained groin and had eight points and six assists in 26 minutes.

Houston had completed a 14-game winning streak before the alarming slide.

''We just haven't had a rhythm in these last five games, quite frankly,'' Harden said. ''We had pretty good spurts, but just a consistent, four-quarter game, we haven't had that. So hopefully we get back home and kind of buckle down a little bit.''

A night after blowing a 26-point lead in Boston, the Rockets held their last lead midway through the first quarter en route to their worst defeat of the season. Houston has by far the most 3-pointers in the league this season but was held to 29.2 percent (14 for 48) from deep.

Though Paul was back, the Rockets were missing center Clint Capela with an orbital fracture for the second straight game.

''Mentally we're fine,'' Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said. ''We've got some tired legs and missing the big guy in the middle to give us a force to the rim. ... We've got all kinds of excuses, but that doesn't work. It doesn't matter. We lost. They won. They're the better team tonight.''

TIP-INS

Rockets: Houston is 15-2 with Harden and Paul in the lineup. ... D'Antoni said he hadn't looked at the NBA's report on the final two minutes of his team's loss at Boston on Thursday night, when Harden was called for two offensive fouls in the final 7.3 seconds. ''I don't care. It's over,'' D'Antoni said. ... F Ryan Anderson had a season-high 12 rebounds.

Wizards: Tied a team record with 18 3-pointers. The last time they hit that many was Nov. 6, 2013 against Philadelphia. ''As long as they're wide-open, we should shoot them,'' coach Scott Brooks said. ... Porter matched a career high with seven 3-pointers. ... F Mike Scott was away from the team for the birth of his daughter.

HOLDING HARDEN AND PAUL DOWN

Harden entered the game averaging 32.5 points but shot only 14 times, making seven.

Paul missed eight of his 11 field goal attempts.

''They're human. We all have games like that,'' Beal said. ''I'm not going to sit here and be na�ve to it because those are two really good players. James has had it rolling all year. We're fortunate that he had an off night.''

Brooks coached Harden for three seasons when both were with Oklahoma City.

''James is as gifted as any player in this league,'' Brooks said. ''I thought our guys did a good job of guarding him. Those two guys aren't easy to guard.''

SUB-PAR AGAINST SUB-PAR

The Wizards are 9-10 against teams that are under .500 this season. G John Wall said that it's simple to turn that record around.

We have to play the same exact way,'' Wall said.

UP NEXT

Rockets: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.

Wizards: Host Chicago on Sunday.

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Key Players
J. Harden
13 SG
B. Beal
3 SG
35.2 Min. Per Game 35.2
23.0 Pts. Per Game 23.0
3.5 Ast. Per Game 3.5
4.3 Reb. Per Game 4.3
44.9 Field Goal % 44.3
44.7 Three Point % 44.1
87.0 Free Throw % 78.9
+ 3 Briante Weber made 3-pt. jump shot 0:01
  Lost ball turnover on Tomas Satoransky, stolen by Briante Weber 0:02
+ 1 Gerald Green made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:10
+ 1 Gerald Green made 1st of 2 free throws 0:10
  Shooting foul on Jason Smith 0:10
  Defensive rebound by Tarik Black 0:15
  Jason Smith missed jump shot 0:19
+ 2 Bobby Brown made driving layup 0:31
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:41
  Team rebound 0:52
  Jason Smith missed layup, blocked by Tarik Black 0:53
Team Stats
Points 103 121
Field Goals 38-89 (42.7%) 47-88 (53.4%)
3-Pointers 14-48 (29.2%) 18-36 (50.0%)
Free Throws 13-16 (81.3%) 9-12 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 43 55
Offensive 8 10
Defensive 27 35
Team 8 10
Assists 15 23
Steals 11 12
Blocks 2 5
Turnovers 14 16
Fouls 13 15
Technicals 1 1
20 PTS, 4 AST
26 PTS, 6 REB, 7 AST
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away team logo Rockets 25-9 23253025103
home team logo Wizards 20-16 27322834121
Team Stats
away team logo Rockets 25-9 104.9 PPG 43 RPG 18.8 APG
home team logo Wizards 20-16 107.2 PPG 40 RPG 23.3 APG
Key Players
J. Harden SG 30.4 PPG 5.4 RPG 8.8 APG 44.9 FG%
O. Porter SF 14.7 PPG 6.4 RPG 2.0 APG 50.3 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Harden SG 20 PTS 0 REB 4 AST
O. Porter SF 26 PTS 6 REB 7 AST
42.7 FG% 53.4
29.2 3PT FG% 50.0
81.3 FT% 75.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Harden 29 20 0 4 1 1 5 1 7/14 1/4 5/6 0 0 25 0
R. Anderson 31 9 12 0 0 0 0 0 3/11 1/8 2/2 3 9 21 -8
C. Paul 25 8 1 6 2 0 1 2 3/11 2/5 0/0 0 1 22 -16
T. Ariza 31 7 5 2 1 0 0 2 3/11 1/9 0/0 0 5 17 -12
P. Tucker 15 2 2 1 0 0 1 3 1/5 0/3 0/0 0 2 5 -10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Harden 29 20 0 4 1 1 5 1 7/14 1/4 5/6 0 0 25 0
R. Anderson 31 9 12 0 0 0 0 0 3/11 1/8 2/2 3 9 21 -8
C. Paul 25 8 1 6 2 0 1 2 3/11 2/5 0/0 0 1 22 -16
T. Ariza 31 7 5 2 1 0 0 2 3/11 1/9 0/0 0 5 17 -12
P. Tucker 15 2 2 1 0 0 1 3 1/5 0/3 0/0 0 2 5 -10
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Green 27 18 2 0 2 0 0 1 6/10 4/6 2/2 1 1 22 -20
E. Gordon 26 16 0 1 0 0 1 0 6/11 2/5 2/2 0 0 17 -17
T. Black 27 10 12 0 2 1 1 1 4/6 0/0 2/2 4 8 24 -4
B. Weber 6 9 0 0 2 0 3 0 3/3 3/3 0/0 0 0 8 +2
B. Brown 6 4 0 1 1 0 1 0 2/4 0/2 0/0 0 0 6 +2
Z. Qi 11 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 0/3 0/3 0/2 0 1 0 -7
L. Mbah a Moute - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Capela - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Onuaku - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Nene - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 103 35 15 11 2 14 13 38/89 14/48 13/16 8 27 167 -90
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
O. Porter 39 26 6 7 2 1 1 1 9/16 7/11 1/1 1 5 48 +32
B. Beal 31 21 2 1 0 0 0 1 9/17 3/6 0/0 0 2 25 +13
J. Wall 31 17 2 4 5 0 4 3 7/10 2/4 1/2 0 2 28 +13
M. Morris 26 6 9 1 0 0 2 2 1/7 0/2 4/4 0 9 15 +1
M. Gortat 18 4 7 2 0 1 0 1 2/3 0/0 0/0 1 6 16 +2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
O. Porter 39 26 6 7 2 1 1 1 9/16 7/11 1/1 1 5 48 +32
B. Beal 31 21 2 1 0 0 0 1 9/17 3/6 0/0 0 2 25 +13
J. Wall 31 17 2 4 5 0 4 3 7/10 2/4 1/2 0 2 28 +13
M. Morris 26 6 9 1 0 0 2 2 1/7 0/2 4/4 0 9 15 +1
M. Gortat 18 4 7 2 0 1 0 1 2/3 0/0 0/0 1 6 16 +2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Oubre 26 21 4 1 3 0 1 3 9/18 3/7 0/0 3 1 29 +24
J. Meeks 17 13 5 1 1 0 4 0 4/8 3/6 2/3 0 5 17 -1
T. Satoransky 16 6 3 4 0 1 3 0 3/3 0/0 0/0 2 1 15 +5
C. McCullough 4 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 1 1 6 -8
I. Mahinmi 20 3 5 0 1 2 1 3 1/1 0/0 1/2 2 3 10 +25
J. Smith 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -8
T. Frazier 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 4 -8
M. Scott - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Mac - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 232 121 45 23 12 5 16 15 47/88 18/36 9/12 10 35 213 +90