Published: Sun, March 04, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Rockets extend streak to 15 with win over C's

Rockets extend streak to 15 with win over C's

Updates with new lead, quotes. Make it 15 straight wins for the Rockets to give them a half-game lead over the Warriors for the best record in the National Basketball Association.

The Spurs looked to be in control of the game, with the Lakers taking their first lead at 106-105 with 1:59 remaining thanks to Ball's fourth three-pointer of the game and two free throws from Randle.

The Houston Rockets beat the Boston Celtics to extend their winning streak to a season's best 15 games on Saturday night. They will try to get back on the right side of the scoreboard when they take on the Bulls in Chicago Monday night. "So we have a lot in this locker room". He made the first and missed the second on goal. On the very next play, he stole a Kyrie Irving pass and hit a layup seconds later to give Houston the lead, 117-115.

Irving and Paul hit two free throws each before Irving made one and purposely missed the second with 2.8 seconds left. Maybe the Celtics need to spend a little extra time after practice on becoming worse free throw shooters when it matters most.

Houston's winning streak ties the second-longest in franchise history which was achieved two times during the Hakeem Olajuwon-era in the 1990s. Houston had a 14-game streak earlier this season from November 16 to December 18. Harden had 26 points and ten assists and Ariza had 21.

Gordon made just the second of two from the line after being fouled at 2.3. I keep telling my teammates, 'I'm not good at missing.' I'm not.

Boston took the first meeting this season by rallying from a 26-point deficit for a 99-98 win on December 28.

Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket while Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) defends at Toyota Center. Marcus Smart drew two offensive fouls on James Harden in the final seconds to help the Celtics get the come-from-behind victory.

But Morris scored five straight points after that to push Boston's lead to 108-102 and prompt D'Antoni to call a timeout with about 6 1/2 minutes left.

Terry Rozier hit a three-pointer to put the Celtics up 113-107 with 4:01 left.

Eric Gordon led the way with 29 points with seven made three-pointers. He made both to put the Rockets up by four 119-115. 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. Irving and Al Horford both could have played better, and still the Celtics surged ahead by six points with four minutes left.

Boston ranks third in 3-pointers made (740) this season.

De'Aaron Fox scored 17 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic added 15 to lead the Kings.

The Rockets, however, will be without Anderson, who is suffering from a hip injury, and Brandan Wright, who has a knee injury. D'Antoni said he expects Anderson to return sometime next week. But they were able to seal things up down the closing stretch of the quarter, with a 10-0 run, to take a 32-30 lead into the second. Jarell Martin added 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Rockets: Begin a four-game road trip at Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

Harden on if Saturday's game felt like a playoff game: "Yeah, every game from here on out is going to be a playoff game, playoff atmosphere, playoff intensity, physicality, everything".

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