Bradley Beal and John Wall played solid defense, but the calm showed by Paul Pierce in key moments handling the ball down the stretch contributed to the Wizards' win in Houston.
Bradley Beal had a season-high 33 points and Paul Pierce had a clutch three-pointer as the Wizards opened this five-game road trip with a victory to make them 7-2 vs. the West.
The Wizards-Rockets game was halted a full 35 minutes due to a crooked basket. At first, someone suggested Dwight Howard jump up and straighten it out. That didn't work.
Martell Webster could see his first action after having offseason back surgery, but the Wizards only can dress 13 players vs. Rockets (CSN+, CSNwashington.com and NBC Sports Live Extra, 8 p.m. ET).
Josh Smith and Corey Brewer have made the Rockets deeper, but John Wall believes the focal point remains James Harden tonight (CSN+, CSNwashington.com and NBC Sports Live Extra, 8 p.m. ET).