Rockets Vs. Wizards: John Wall's Triple Double Leads Washington To 98-91 Win

John Wall had a triple double -- the first time a player has had a triple double within his first six games -- and the Wizards defeated the Rockets 98-91.

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Rockets Vs. Wizards: John Wall's Triple Double Leads Washington To 98-91 Win

Yeah, that John Wall guy, he's good. With the legendary Magic Johnson sitting courtside, Wall had the best game of his NBA career, tallying 19 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds to lead the Wizards to a 98-91 win over the Houston Rockets.

The most impressive thing about Wall's performance was how under control he was. He had just one turnover in the game, and it was late in the game when he stepped out of bounds trying to run for a fast break. Wall also had five steals, and added one emphatic alley-oop dunk from Gilbert Arenas. He approached a triple double once before against Philadelphia, but he had nine turnovers in that game. Tonight, we didn't see that.

Al Thornton and Andray Blatche added 20 points apiece for the Wizards, with Blatche also tallying 11 rebounds. Yi Jianlian also put together a strong performance on Asian Heritage Night, scoring 13 points off the bench. Kevin Martin had 31 points for the Rockets, and Luis Scola added 24.

The Rockets were hampered by an early-game injury to superstar center Yao Ming. Yao strained his knee taking a charge on JaVale McGee, and did not return to the game.

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Rockets Vs. Wizards: Washington Takes On Yao Ming And Struggling Houston

The Houston Rockets have a worse record than the Washington Wizards. Believe it or not, it's true. At 1-5, the Rockets have been far worse than anyone expected this year. They have been a disaster defensively, which is odd considering Yao Ming is playing (albeit in limited minutes) again.

Tonight, these two struggling teams go toe-to-toe at the Verizon Center. It's a battle between a team better than their record (Houston) and a team worse than their record (Washington). It's a battle between the two biggest Chinese stars in basketball: Yao Ming and Yi Jianlian. It all is happening tonight on Asian Heritage Night at the Verizon Center.

The Wizards may be without the services of guard Gilbert Arenas, who reportedly had a setback in practice and is now a game-time decision with an ankle injury. Meanwhile, the Rockets will go without point guard Aaron Brooks, last season's Most Improved Player Award winner. Ishmael Smith will start in his place. In addition, Yao's status is always up in the air.

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