That's why they have the best record in the western conference right now. Not even the Boston Celtics.
The Celtics led by three entering the fourth and were up by the same margin early in the quarter before Houston used a 6-2 run to take a 96-95 lead with about 9 1/2 minutes left. However, their teammates were more than happy to pick up the slack.
As the players had all said leading into this one, this wasn't a playoff game. But at this point, it's pretty safe to say which Rockets team will. But defense was the deciding factor in this one.
Houston's win streak is its longest since the Hakeem Olajuwan-led team won the first 15 games of the 1993-94 season. All three are averaging 10-plus points in the five games since the break. With 2.8 seconds left, Irving missed on objective again, but he didn't hit the rim to turn the ball over.
Ball's fourth 3-pointer cut San Antonio's lead to 105-104, and Randle made two free throws to give Los Angeles its first lead at 106-105 with 1:59 remaining. Marcus Smart drew two offensive fouls on James Harden in the final seconds to help the Celtics get the come-from-behind victory. He made both to put the Rockets up by four 119-115. Irving made a layup seconds later, but Harden made one of two free throws with 7.4 seconds left to make it 120-117.
Marcus Smart's desperation three-pointer at the buzzer - after hauling in a full-court pass, turning and firing in about two seconds - stunningly drew iron but did not fall.
Fournier and Nikola Vucevic scored 19 points apiece for the Magic, who won for the second straight night at home after snapping a seven-game losing streak Friday. "Tonight definitely proved to us that we can win in that style of basketball, a grind-it-out type of game".
Eric Gordon led all scorers with 29 points, he connected on 7-of-11 attempts from beyond the arc.
Russell Westbrook totaled 30 points, 11 rebounds and six assists and Paul George added 21 points for the Thunder, who lost for the eighth straight time at Moda Center.
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. It's also scored 50-plus points in four of those five games. We just wanted to compete at a high level.
And speaking of three-pointers, they were certainly expected to come at a huge clip between these two teams, and they sure did. The Celtics lost some ground on the Raptors and are 1.5 games behind now, so this should be a tight race for the 1.5 months. But they still have a seven-game lead on the Cleveland Cavaliers for the No. 2 spot.
"Defensively we are very equipped to get stops", Trevor Ariza said.
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.
CJ McCollum scored 28 points and Damian Lillard had 20 as the Portland Trail Blazers won their sixth straight game with a 108-100 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
It was Del Potro's first title since the Stockholm Open previous year and his 21st career singles title. Prize money for both the men's and women's singles champions at the 2018 event will be $1,340,860.
The title race was blown open once again after the Catalan giants were held to a 1-1 draw by Las Palmas on Thursday evening. There was one nervy moment for the hosts five minutes from time as Diego Costa headed down for Kevin Gameiro to slam home.
The Fed has signaled three quarter-point rate hikes for 2018 - the first likely to come at the next Fed meeting in March. Benchmark U.S. crude rose 14 cents to $61.13 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
West Ham have conceded 37 goals away from home in the league so far this season, more than any other side in the competition. Jordan Ayew scored Swansea's fourth from the penalty spot as brother Andre was fouled by Cheikhou Kouyate.
School employees would have to receive 12 hours of training every two years from the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. Legislation to increase school safety and restrict gun purchases is going to Florida's Senate for a vote this week.
Without tampering rules in place involving players making pitches to other players, this likely won't be the first one James gets. However, among Eastern Conference teams with the best chance to sign James, the Sixers can't be too far off.
DxOMark's rating for the camera performance taking still images is a staggering 104 points, its highest smartphone camera rating. These images and videos are captured in lab environments, as well as, in natural indoor and outdoor ones.
Le Pen's December 2015 tweets showed executions by ISIS extremists, including the killing of American reporter James Foley . The others showed a man in an orange jumpsuit being driven over by a tank and another man being burned alive in a cage.
The USOC said on Wednesday that its chief executive officer, Scott Blackmun, was resigning from his position for medical reasons. BuzzFeed News has reached out to Raisman's legal representation, to USA Gymnastics and the US Olympic Committee .
I am not a judge. "I was emboldened by the bravery of others to finally and confidentially tell my story to NBC ". The stylist, Suzie Hardy , said she lost her job for reporting Seacrest to the human resources department.
SPURS: Lloris, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Son (Lamela, 70) Kane, Dier, Dembele (Sissoko, 76) Alli (Moura, 81) Eriksen, Aurier, Davies. The Lilywhites fought out a commendable 2-2 away draw, and now enter the second leg at Wembley with an advantage on away goals.
The forward score seven first-half points in just six minutes to help Iowa turn a six-point deficit into a five-point lead. No. 15 MI knocked off Iowa 77-71 in overtime on Thursday in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament in New York City.
Medford students walk out for school safety
Witnesses said that while on the bus she said multiple times that she would "shoot up the school" in a profanity-laden tirade. Police officers patrolled the area throughout the rest of the day and parents were allowed to pick up their children early.
SFI Launch Highlights: Flight of GOES S on ULA Atlas V 541
NASA launched another of the world's most advanced weather satellites on Thursday, this time to safeguard the western U.S. GOES-16 also observed the uncertain path of Hurricanes Irma and the rapidly intensifying Hurricane Maria in September.
Purdue vs. Penn State
The Lions were without their best big man in Mike Watkins and the Buckeyes had a strong end to the season. He scored an emphatic 25 points on 10-of-20 shooting with 5 rebounds and 2 blocks.
McMaster To Leave White House As Soon As Next Month
McMaster replaced former national security adviser Michael Flynn amid controversy surrounding his meeting with a Russian diplomat. However, sources tell Garrett that the tension regarding McMaster is real, and that an exit strategy may now be in the works.
Storm hits California, evacuations ordered in mudslide area
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