Pistons hand Rockets franchise-worst 19th straight loss
Houston Rockets guard Victor Oladipo (7) shoots as Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart (28) defends during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 19, 2021, in Houston. (Troy Taromina/Pool Photo via AP)HOUSTON – Frank Jackson had a season-high 23 points and the Detroit Pistons handed the Houston Rockets their franchise-record 19th straight loss, 113-100 on Friday night. The injury-plagued Rockets were playing just their fourth game of the season where Christian Wood, Victor Oladipo and John Wall were all available. Wall had 21 points and seven assists, Oladipo had 19 points, and Wood 18 points and 11 rebounds. Rockets: Wall was charged with a flagrant foul on a second-quarter collision with Frank Jackson and later received a technical foul for arguing with officials in the third quarter.
James, Davis back on court for Lakers as season draws near
The Lakers, who beat Miami to win the championship Oct. 11, start the new season against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night. Also on Wednesday, Chicago beat Oklahoma City 124-103, and Portland played at Denver. BULLS 124, THUNDER 103At Oklahoma City, the Bulls took control in the second quarter and didn’t let up. LaVine scored 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting in the first quarter while Gilgeous-Alexander scored 11 for Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City couldn’t get into a flow, but part of that was because first-year coach Mark Daigneault gave minutes to 13 players.
Heat stay perfect at home, beat Pelicans 109-94
MIAMI - Kendrick Nunn scored 22 points and the Miami Heat remained unbeaten at home with a 109-94 victory over the undermanned New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night. Duncan Robinson scored 15 points, Kelly Olynyk had 13 and Tyler Herro 12 for the Heat - who committed a franchise-record-low six fouls. Nickell Alexander-Walker made six 3-pointers and had 27 points for New Orleans, while E'Twaun Moore scored 18 and Jrue Holiday scored 14 for the Pelicans. And that left the Pelicans with eight players for the game's final 40 minutes. Heat: Miami's previous record for fouls in a game was nine, done twice.