Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Clint Capela doubles-doubles in Rockets' win

Clint Capela doubles-doubles in Rockets' win

James Harden scored 28 points as the Houston Rockets beat the Sacramento Kings 100-91 to extend their winning run to 10 games ahead of the All-Star break. They will likely need all of their home magic, including a raucous crowd to take down the streaking Rockets who have won eight straight games and are 20-7 overall on the road this season. The Rockets won 14 consecutive games bridging the months of November and December. Houston is 26-1 when Harden, Clint Capela, and Chris Paul play together, with the Rockets outscoring opponent by an average of 13.9 points in those games.

While Johnson, 36, has averaged just 8.6 points and 23.1 minutes per game since signing a two-year contract with the Jazz before the 2016-17 season, the veteran still remains a potent playoff weapon. Following a pair of Jimmy Butler free throws, Minnesota led 27-14 and, while Houston missed 6 of 9 3-pointers and 3 of 5 free throws in the first period, the Rockets managed to maintain contact with two late 3s. Bogdan Bogdanovic paced Sacramento with 20 points and five assists while Garrett Temple added 13 points off the bench.

Houston's supercharged offense is powered by 42 three-point attempts per game, which leads the National Basketball Association by a wide margin. The total number of points scored for the over/under is listed at 222. The OVER is 4-0 in Minnesota's last four games and 3-1 in Houston's last four.

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