Kyle Lowry registered his first career triple-double as the Houston Rockets edged the Utah Jazz 110-108 in southeastern Texas on Sunday. Kevin Martin scored 34 points for the Rockets, shooting 18-18 from the line, to go with Lowry's 28 points, 10 assists and 11 rebounds. Paul Millsap racked up 35 points and 10 rebounds in thoroughly dominating a returning-from-injury Luis Scola; Al Jefferson also had 17 points and 19 rebounds (nine offensive) for Utah.
But Houston's guards kept control. Since 1985-86, a player has only hit 100 percent of 18 or more free throws in a game 14 times; the last player to do so was Kevin Durant at the start of the 2009-10 season. Martin has made more free throws than any other player in the NBA this season, despite averaging fewer than 32 minutes per game for Rick Adelman's club.
The Jazz are now 5-10 since Jerry Sloan's abrupt retirement.
In other action:
Wizards 98, Nets 92: The Nets were without Deron Williams, whose injured wrist continues to pose problems. Jordan Farmar couldn't stop John Wall from breaking out 26 points, eight assists, six rebounds and four steals. In fact, I think Farmar's presence actually helped Wall accomplish all that.
Kings 127, Wolves 95: Kevin Love strained his groin and played just 14 minutes. Michael Beasley is still bothered by a hip injury caused by Andrew Bynum and played just 15 minutes. Still, without Tyreke Evans and with DeMarcus Cousins scoring just three points before being ejected in the third, the Kings shouldn't be beating anyone by 32.
Mavericks 101, Warriors 73: Shawn Marion and Brendan Haywood sat for different reasons, but Ian Mahinmi stepped up to shred Golden State off the bench, totaling nine points and 13 rebounds in 19 minutes. Dallas needed just 31 minutes from Dirk Nowitzki, and no more for any other Mav.