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    Houston Rockets vs. Phoenix Suns Live Score and Stats – February 16, 2022 Gametracker – CBSSports.com

    phoenix (ap) even without chris paul, the phoenix suns did what they have done just about every time they took the floor this year.

    win a basketball game.

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    Depending on the status of Paul’s right hand man, the Suns may have to find more ways to win without their star point guard following the All-Star break.

    Devin Booker scored 24 points, Deandre Ayton added 23 and the NBA-leading Suns extended their winning streak to seven games, rallying after Paul was injured and then ejected to beat the Houston Rockets 124-121 on Wednesday night.

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    phoenix improved to 48-10 heading into the all-star break, but the main concern was the condition of paul’s hand. the 12-time all-star was angry after getting his right hand jammed on a pass and called for the first technique.

    then collided with referee j.t. orr a few seconds later, which earned him the second technician. Paul walked off the court holding his right hand, but it was unclear if the injury was serious. there was no official update after the game, although yahoo! sports reported that he is scheduled for an MRI on Thursday.

    Paul’s injury was a disconcerting development in the last game before the break. It is one of the few things that has gone wrong for the Suns so far this season, as they have completed much of their schedule.

    ”i thought we’d be pretty good because of the continuity,” suns coach monty williams said. ”But I didn’t see that many wins. I don’t think any team I’ve been on, coach or player, has won that many games. I told the guys they have to savor it.”

    booker said paul was “fine” during the postgame news conference and that he didn’t expect the injury to keep his teammate out of the all-star game in cleveland on Sunday.

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    The Rockets fell to 15-42 and have lost six in a row. Eric Gordon missed a well-defended 3-pointer at the buzzer that could have tied it.

    houston led for much of the game and took a 95-89 lead in the fourth quarter, but phoenix quickly recovered.

    torrey craig’s 3-pointer gave the suns a 96-95 lead. Aaron Holiday, recently acquired in a trade with Washington, followed with another 3-pointer and Mikal Bridges added a fast-break layup for a 101-95 lead to end the streak at 12-0.

    The game held its own from that point on. Bridges made a short jump into the lane for a 116-114 lead with 1:10 left. After a Houston turnover, Booker took a 3-pointer, but Bridges cornered the offensive rebound and made a layup for a 118-114 lead.

    bridges finished with 17 points and seven rebounds.

    dennis schroder led the rockets with 23 points. Jae’sean Tate added 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Gordon had 20 points. Houston has lost 10 of its last 11 games.

    “it’s disappointing that we lost but wow, that’s the best team in the nba and we were there,” rockets coach stephen silas said. ”We had a chance to tie the game at the end. I’m proud of the guys for the way they fought, but I’m also proud of the way they prepared to play.”

    houston took a 67-59 halftime lead. Tate led the Rockets with 16 points and seven rebounds before halftime, while Paul led the Suns with 11 points and five assists.

    Teams combined for 43 free throws in a foul-filled first half: 22 for the Rockets and 21 for the Suns.

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    folded edge

    The start of the second half was delayed because the rim of one of the baskets was bent. suns 7-foot-1 center javale mcgee hung from the rim several times to fold it into place.

    a stadium employee climbed a ladder and placed a level in the basket to make sure it was okay. Once the referees were satisfied, the game resumed.

    tips

    rockets: All five starters scored in double figures. … alperen sengun had 19 points and 14 rebounds.

    suns: Booker made a one-handed 90-footer late in the first quarter. Unfortunately for Phoenix, it was a few moments after the bell rang. … welcomed a sold-out crowd for the 16th straight game.

    next

    rockets: at the los angeles clippers on thursday night.

    suns: in oklahoma city on thursday feb. 24.

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