Rockets Extend Win Streak to 15 Games

James Harden

James Harden

Eric Gordon scored 29 points off the bench, James Harden had 26 points and 10 assists, and the Houston Rockets outlasted the Boston Celtics 123-120 on Saturday night to extend their winning streak to a season-high 15 games.

The critical moment came when Trevor Ariza hit a three-pointer to tie the game up at 115-115 with 1:33 to play.

Nearly two minutes into the second, the Rockets were finally able to get on the board to end the C's 14-0 run, which eventually turned into an 18-2 run and a 40-32 lead for the Celtics with just under 10 minutes to play in the half. He made the first, but, though he appeared to try, couldn't miss the second.

Marcus Morris had 21 points off the bench for the visiting Celtics, who had won four consecutive games since the all-star break. Irving tried to miss his second attempt with five seconds left, but the ball went in off the bank.

Houston, which features a plethora of offensive scorers, enters Saturday's game ranked second in points per game (113.8) and first in 3-pointers (944), nailing just over 40 percent per game.

James Johnson scored 14 points, Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow each had 13 and Dwyane Wade added 11 for Miami.

Houston's winning streak ties the second-longest in franchise history which was achieved two times during the Hakeem Olajuwon-era in the 1990s. Hassan Whiteside grabbed 19 rebounds for the Heat, who won for only the fourth time in their last 13 games.

Celtics: Irving finished with 18 points and six assists.

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Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball had 18 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds, but more importantly, Los Angeles handed the Spurs a 116-112 defeat.

Houston then held on in the final minute, hitting 6-of-8 free throws in the last 15 seconds.

Again, the sample size here is small, but all the little things that go into consistent success, including hustle, execution and attention too detail all have been on display while the bench has been in the game.

Ball made three shots from beyond the arc in the final three minutes to give the Lakers their fifth straight victory. Nikola Vucevic also scored 19 for Orlando, which had six players in double figures. Rudy Gay scored 15 points and Patty Mills added 14 for the Spurs, who have lost two games in a row and five of the past six.

The Rockets (48-13) will look to avenge the early season loss against Boston, which is holding its opponents to less than 100 points per game, second best in the league.

The Houston Rockets know people understand how good they are on offense.

Ben McLemore scored a game-high 20 for Memphis, which has the NBA's longest skid of the season. He had 21 points and was 5-7 from three-point.

Elsewhere, the Miami Heat improved on their recent poor form, beating the Detroit Pistons 105-96, and the Portland Trail Blazers extended their winning streak to six with a 108-100 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Jarell Martin added 19 points and 11 rebounds.

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