Eric Gordon scored 29 points off the bench, James Harden had 26 points and 10 assists as the Rockets outlasted the Celtics 123-120 to extend their winning streak to a season-high 15 games. But the Houston Rockets showed the NBA-loving free world just why they do have championship potential Saturday night. In the end, the team won thanks to-you guessed it-defense.
Kyrie Irving vs Chris Paul - Two of the best point guards, and players, in the National Basketball Association, will engage in what will be an enthralling battle in this game.
Irving hit a layup, and Harden missed the second of two free throws with 7.4 seconds left to give the C's a chance.
"Defense (is) what it boiled down to", Gordon said.
At this point, there were only 23 seconds left to play and Houston had the ball.
The Rockets were able to make a big push in the third, after trading baskets and possessions with the Celtics, to pull within three of the C's to start the fourth, at 89-86.
Irving, too, is thriving in a new environment, having led his Celtics to a virtually guaranteed top two finish in the east. He made both to put the Rockets up by four 119-115.
Paul made two more freebies, and Irving got fouled again with 2.8 seconds left. For the first time since he entered the league, he is the second best player in his sides backcourt, but he is handling this with aplomb and has been a major reason for Houston's dominance this season.
Boston tried to answer but Marcus Smart's three-point heave bounced off the rim at the buzzer to give Houston the victory. Ricky Rubio added 10 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and Derrick Favors scored 15 to lead Utah to its fifth consecutive win in Sacramento. The Rockets didn't have Chris Paul or Clint Capela in that game, but they will suit up tonight.
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.
Much like Houston's star players, the Celtics stars didn't have great nights either Kyrie Irving and Al Horford combined to go 10-29 from the field and 2-8 from three-point range.
Along with Irving, Brown and Tatum are combining for over 27 points per game, followed by Horford with almost 13, Marcus Morris with 12, and both Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart averaging just over 10 respectively. He essentially boxed out, tracked the pass like Rob Gronkowski, and launched a twisting 3-pointer while falling into the Celtics bench. He had 21 points and was 5-7 from three-point.
"I just thought they maximized more possessions than we did", Boston coach Brad Stevens said.
On Saturday night the Boston Celtics became the fifteenth consecutive team to lose to James Harden and the HoustonRockets in a 123-120 loss out in Texas.
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It's their second long winning streak of this season after Houston won 14 in a row beginning in November and stretching into December.
UP NEXT: The Celtics (44-20) will play the second of a three-game road trip Monday night against the Chicago Bulls (21-41).
In Portland, CJ McCollum scored 28 points, Damian Lillard had 20 and the Blazers won their sixth straight.
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