SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Christian Wood had 23 points and 14 rebounds, Eric Gordon made a clutch bucket with 12.5 seconds remaining and the Houston Rockets held off the Sacramento Kings 118-112 on Sunday night. Garrison Mathews scored 17, while Eric Gordon and Jalen Green had 15 points apiece. Buddy Hield scored 27 points for Sacramento, 10 of which came in the fourth quarter.
The Phoenix Suns will look for their fourth straight win to start their five-game trip when they visit the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night. The game is the second of a road back-to-back for the Suns, who rolled to a 135-108 win in Detroit on Sunday afternoon. The Suns will conclude the trip at Dallas on Thursday.
Heading into Monday night's home matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Dallas Mavericks coach Jason Kidd is thrilled about his team's recent defensive performance. Since Dec. 29, the Mavericks have the NBA's top defensive rating, allowing just 98.3 points per 100 possessions. The margin between Dallas and No. 2 Philadelphia is greater than the margin between the 76ers and the league's No. 12 team in that span.