Wizards spoil John Wall’s return to Washington as Rockets are downed

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Bradley Beal scored 37 points to lead the Washington Wizards to a 131-119 victory over the Houston Rockets on Monday night.The evening ended up being an unhappy return to Washington for John Wall – traded in December for Russell Westbrook – despite the point guard recording his season-high tallies of 29 points and 11 assists.

Westbrook also fared well for Washington, ending with 16 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds in his sixth triple-double for the season.Davis Bertans scored 18 points for the Wizards, who won back-to-back for the first time this season.Moe always bringing the energy: 15 points, 4 steals 🇩🇪〽️#WizRockets | @moritz_weasley pic.twitter.com/ctI68a6q9N— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) February 16, 2021The New York Knicks cruised past the lowly Atlanta Hawks 123-112 with Julius Randle scoring a season-high 44 points.Randle also grabbed nine rebounds, handed out five assists and made a career-best seven three-pointers to lead the Knicks to their third straight win, with RJ Barrett scoring 21 for the home side.For the visitors – who slumped to their seventh loss in eight games – Trae Young top-scored with 23 points.The way we closed it out was HUGE. Team W! pic.twitter.com/vCQVjwbdNE— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) February 16, 2021Zach LaVine carried Chicago into overtime against the surging Indiana Pacers and the Bulls regrouped to post a 120-112 victory.Chicago led 79-70 at three-quarter time but the Pacers outscored them 35-26 in the final quarter.LaVine just did enough to lift the visitors into the extra period – scoring 12 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter – before Chicago won overtime 15-7 for their first victory in 11 games against Indiana.Overtime is closing time! 💪 pic.twitter.com/MEYnCUcWKw— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) February 16, 2021Domantas Sabonis scored 25 points for the Pacers while Malcolm Brogdon finished with 23.In Monday’s other games, the Utah Jazz won 134-123 at home to the Philadelphia 76ers, the Los Angeles Clippers beat the visiting Miami Heat 125-118, the Brooklyn Nets won 136-125 at the Sacramento Kings, and the Golden State Warriors crushed the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers 129-98.

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