Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics

Mar 07, 2018, 00:12
Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics

If the second unit continues to play at a level close to where it's been since the break, then the Celtics will be a really tough out come playoff time. "So we have a lot in this locker room".

In this episode, Sam Vecenie and Jared Weiss chat about the terrific Celtics-Rockets game on Saturday night. Gordon got hot for Houston, hitting two 3-pointers in less than 30 seconds to power a 6-2 run that got Houston to 103-102 with about eight minutes remaining. With 2.8 seconds left, Irving missed on objective again, but he didn't hit the rim to turn the ball over.

And with some more misses - including some gut-wrenching Kyrie Irving free throw intentional miss attempts that went awry (one went in and the other was whistled for not touching the rim) - it all compounded into one rough ending for the Celtics.

Houston's Gordon made one of two free throws to make it 123-120 with 2.3 seconds remaining.

Harden said that their attention to defense was the difference maker. "In the first half it was a little too easy for them ... and the reason why we won was fourth-quarter defense". Those numbers will be put to the test Saturday night as the Celtics travel to Houston to face a Rockets team that is riding a 14-game winning streak.

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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.

Surprisingly though, Boston - in its four game winning streak since the All-Star break - has seen a surge in scoring, averaging almost 119 points.

"I just think you have to be able to score in the paint against these guys", said Stevens "Otherwise, you get into trouble with how much switching they do". "That's a very good team over there".

Elsewhere, Gary Harris scored 32 points, Will Barton added 23 and the Denver Nuggets did most of their damage behind the 3-point line in a 126-117 win over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

This was just the fifth Rockets (49-13) game this campaign that was decided by three points or fewer, matching the reigning champions Golden State Warriors (49-14) for the fewest in the National Basketball Association.

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James finished with 25 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds - his 13th triple-double this season.

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

Ball made three shots from beyond the arc in the final three minutes to give the Lakers their fifth straight victory. Ariza added 21, and Paul had 15. Kyrie Irving scored 25 points in three-quarters of play.

Houston's win streak is its longest since the Hakeem Olajuwan-led team won the first 15 games of the 1993-94 season. Jarell Martin added 19 as Memphis remained winless since January 29.

Brad Stevens changed things up a bit by only going four deep, but all four of Greg Monroe, Marcus Morris, Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier delivered in a special way.

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Rudy Gobert had another double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Jazz.