Thursday, July 10, 2014
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Rockets win a leaky one vs. Wizards

Towels and trash cans catch leaking water at Washington´s Verizon Center. The leaking roof caused two stoppages in play during Saturday´s game. ALEX BRANDON / Associated Press
Towels and trash cans catch leaking water at Washington's Verizon Center. The leaking roof caused two stoppages in play during Saturday's game. ALEX BRANDON / Associated Press
There was a pair of rain delays at an NBA game on Saturday night, a curious happening followed by another strange turn of events: The Houston Rockets built a 25-point lead, lost all of it and then some, then rallied from five down late in the fourth quarter for a 114-107 win over the host Washington Wizards.

Long after the stoppages of 35 and 22 minutes because of a leak in the Verizon center roof, James Hardin tied the game with 2 minutes, 33 seconds to play, then gave the Rockets the lead again - this time for good - with a three-point play with 1:54 remaining. He finished with 25 points to lead the Rockets, who made only four field goals in the final period.

John Wall led Washington's comeback and finished with 23 points and 10 assists, Trevor Ariza had 23 points and 14 rebounds for the Wizards.

Raptors 96, Nets 80 - DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, Patrick Patterson had 14 points and 12 rebounds and host Toronto snapped Brooklyn's five-game winning streak. Paul Pierce scored 15 points to lead the Nets.

Pistons 110, Suns 108 - John Smith tallied 25 points and Greg Monroe added 20 as host Detroit held on to edge Phoenix. Channing Frye had 21 points to lead six players in double figures for the Suns.

Bulls 103, Bobcats 97 - D.J. Augustin had 20 points to lead seven players in double figures as Chicago held off visiting Charlotte. Gerald Henderson scored a game-high 30 points for the Bulls.

Thunder 101, Bucks 85 - Kevin Durant hit 15 of 17 free throws in scoring a game-high 33 points as host Oklahoma City breezed past Milwaukee. O.J. Mayo and Luke Ridnour each scored 16 to lead the Bucks.

- Associated Press

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