Gordon’s late shot lifts Rockets over Magic 118-116

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Houston Rockets forward Jae'Sean Tate (8) drives past Orlando Magic forward Chuma Okeke (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)


HOUSTON (AP) — Eric Gordon scored 24 points and his short jumper with 1.6 seconds left lifted the Houston Rockets to their fifth consecutive win, 118-116 over the Orlando Magic. Houston had dropped 15 straight before its winning streak. Cole Anthony scored 26 points for the Magic, who have lost eight of nine. Houston had a 13-point lead with about four minutes left after a big stretch by Garrison Mathews. But Anthony then scored scored eight points in a 13-0 spurt by the Magic that tied the game at 114-114 with 47 seconds to go.