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Lee swished a mid-range jumper early in the second quarter to start a 16-4 Houston run. The Wizards aided Houston with five turnovers in the first six minutes of the quarter.
Budinger sank two 3-pointers and scored 11 points in the first half to help the Rockets lead 44-41 at the break.
“I just came in and wanted to be active,” said Budinger, who also had eight rebounds. “That’s what my whole goal was, to make an impact in the game.”
Samuel Dalembert dunked, then blocked two shots early in the third quarter, as Houston protected its slim lead. Kyle Lowry’s free throws with 7:45 left in the quarter put the Rockets up 55-49, their biggest lead to that point.
Washington stalled its own rallies by continuing to cough up turnovers. The Rockets outscored Washington 21-7 in the last six minutes of the quarter, converting four turnovers into eight points.
“We were close, and then turned the ball over consistently,” Wall said. “They got way too many points off of our turnovers. We gave them too many easy shots, and we let Scola do whatever he wanted.”
Goran Dragic’s straight-on 3-pointer with 42 seconds left in the quarter gave Houston a 78-62 lead heading to the fourth. Budinger swished another 3 early in the last quarter as the lead swelled over 20.
“That’s tough,” Wall said, “but in the NBA, when you miss a lot of shots, it gets very ugly.”
The Wizards went scoreless through the first five minutes of the quarter, going 0-for-10 from the field, before Nick Young’s mid-range jumper with 6:45 remaining trimmed the deficit to 93-64.
Not long after that, McHale was tapping deep into his bench, with former D-League star Jeff Adrien, seldom-used guard Terrence Williams and center Hasheem Thabeet on the floor for the final minutes.
NOTES: Houston held a double-digit lead for the 12th consecutive game. It’s the Rockets’ longest streak since 2008, when they had double-digit leads in 20 straight games during their 22-game winning streak. … TheRockets have won 19 consecutive games when holding their opponent below 90 points. … The Wizards were outrebounded 55-44 and dropped to 0-12 when losing the rebound margin this season. … The Rockets’ winning margin was a season high. … Wizards F Kevin Seraphin sat out after getting six teeth pulled on Thursday, Wittman said.
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