Rockets outlast Celtics to stretch win streak to season-high 15


Ariza made a 3-pointer before stealing the ball from Kyrie Irving and finishing with a basket on the other end to cap the run. Irving hit a layup seconds later, but Harden made one of two free throws with 7.4 seconds left to make it 120-117.

Paul made two more freebies, and Irving got fouled again with 2.8 seconds left.

Still, the Celtics stumbled into a chance to tie when Eric Gordon missed one of two free throws with 2.3 seconds left. Gordon made one of two free throws to make it 123-120 with 2.3 seconds remaining, and Marcus Smart's 3-point attempt bounced off the rim at the buzzer. The Celtics will have to score more points than they did in the first matchup to leave Houston with a win. The first time the Celtics really were able to control the tempo and held the Rockets to only 98 points, which helped them come out with the victory.

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

"We've got 20 games left we've got to take it one at a time and try to have fun with it", said Harden after the March 1 victory.

SAN ANTONIO - Lonzo Ball hit a career-best six 3-pointers, Julius Randle had 25 points and Los Angeles rallied in the final two minutes to beat San Antonio. But they gave up a big run, then found themselves down three - without timeouts - late in the final minute.

Celtics: Irving finished with 18 points and six assists.

"I don't know about long-term, maybe a couple more games", D'Antoni said. He made the first and missed the second on objective. After Gasol made two free throws to tie it, Ball hit another 3 to stun the Spurs' fans and electrify a large Lakers' contingent.

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In Miami, Kelly Olynyk and Josh Richardson each scored 17 points, and the Heat enhanced their playoff hopes with a win over Detroit.

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.

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.

Reggie Bullock scored 11 points for the Pistons, who have lost eight of their last 10 overall - and 13 of their last 14 on the road. The team will go for a 16th straight Tuesday night in Oklahoma City.

Rookie forward Zach Collins added 12 points for the Blazers, part of a close cluster in the Western Conference standings that includes the Thunder, Spurs and Timberwolves. He had 21 points and was 5-7 from three-point.

Derrick Favors added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Jazz, and Jae Crowder chipped in 14 off the bench.

Ariza gave the Rockets 21 points, while Clint Capela pulled down 17 rebounds as the Rockets improve to 49-13, a game up on the Golden State Warriors in the loss column for the best record in the National Basketball Association.

For the Cavaliers though, it had struggled to win even two of its last six games and fell to the Nuggets 126-117 surrendering a season-worst 19 3-pointers to Denver. And Greg Monroe had his second consecutive double-digit scoring game as a Celtic, with a solid 18 points (6-9 FG) and six rebounds in 19 minutes on the floor. Although his minutes have been down to about 20 minutes per game as of late, he is a veteran and will be missed.