HOUSTON – On a minutes restriction because of a sore knee, Houston's John Wall had to wait until the seven-minute mark of the fourth quarter to re-enter Tuesday night's game against his former team.
When he finally checked in, it didn't take long for him to put a punctuation mark on a solid performance by the Rockets.
Wall scored 24 points to help Houston to a 107-88 victory over Russell Westbrook and the Washington Wizards.
Wall had 15 points and four assists by halftime, including a left-handed layup that came after a nifty behind the back move and put Houston up 53-45 in the second quarter. He cooled off in the third, but got going again in the fourth to secure the win in his second game back after missing five with a sore left knee.
Houston was leading by six when Wall re-entered the game. He scored five quick points before finding Victor Oladipo in the corner near the Washington bench for a 3-pointer to make it 93-79.
“I was itching to get back in in the fourth quarter," he said. “I wanted to play, especially against my old team. And we kind of separated ourselves right there."
Wall was selected by Washington with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft and spent his entire career with the Wizards before he was traded to Houston in December for Westbrook and a future first-round pick.
He insisted he didn't think he had anything to prove against the Wizards. But he did admit that he's having a great time with his new team after a rocky ending to his tenure in Washington.