NBA: Magic lands rare home win over Rockets

Cole Anthony #50 of the Orlando Magic dribbles against the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half at the Moda Center on February 08, 2022 in Portland, Oregon. Steph Chambers/Getty Images/AFP

Chuma Okeke scored 10 of his career-high 26 points in the fourth quarter, Wendell Carter Jr. finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds and the host Orlando Magic ended a four-game losing streak with a victory of 119-111 over the Houston Rockets on Friday night.

Orlando trailed 14 points in the first quarter before rallying to earn its sixth win in 27 home games. The Magic also overcame a double-digit deficit to win for the seventh time this season.

Okeke shot 9 of 13, including five 3-pointers, grabbed nine rebounds and had three steals as the Magic bench outscored their Houston counterpart 59-33. His triple with 9:55 remaining broke a 90-90 tie and started a 14-5 run that ended with Okeke dipping Carter under the basket for a dunk.

Cole Anthony added 14 points, six assists and five rebounds. Franz Wagner had 13 points and eight rebounds, Gary Harris had 12 points and Terrence Ross had 10 points for Orlando. RJ Hampton, who hadn’t played since Jan. 19, had 11 points and five rebounds off the bench after returning from a 14-game injury absence.

Jalen Green scored 10 of his team-high 23 points in the fourth quarter, but Houston lost its eighth straight game. Christian Wood overcame early foul issues to post 21 points and 11 rebounds, Eric Gordon contributed 15 points and Jae’Sean Tate had 13 points, six assists and five rebounds.

Garrison Mathews (13 points) and Dennis Schroder (10 points) scored in double figures off the bench for Houston, which finished 9 for 20 from the free throw line while Wood was just 3 for 13. The Rockets shot 14 for 47 from beyond the arc.

The Magic committed six personal fouls in the first three minutes – three by rookie goaltender Jalen Suggs, who scored three before committing a foul with 4:44 left – to help the Rockets take an early 17 lead. -3.

Wood committed his third foul with 4:50 left in the first quarter and Orlando lost the lead, finishing the first half with a 20-6 run for a 58-51 advantage.


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