NBA Wrap: Harden outduels LeBron as Rockets edge Cavs

NBA Wrap: Harden outduels LeBron as Rockets edge Cavs

This is different from your regular game recap or box score. "It's always nice when you've got a comfortable win and the fans get into it".

After a long road trip, the Celtics were happy to be home again and blew out the Bulls.

Robin Lopez and Denzel Valentine paced the Bulls with 13 points apiece.

Avery Bradley had 17 points. Boston was also hot from behind the arc, hitting 16-of-37 three-point attempts.

Harden and the Rockets out-dueled LeBron James and the defending champs despite trailing by 14 points in the first half. No other Houston player had a plus-minus rating better than +5.

Overall, it seems like a pretty awesome experience for the Rockets fan, especially since his team rolled past the Chicago Bulls 115-94 in this game, and he got to see Harden drop 19 points, 13 assists and grab seven rebounds. We got good vibes, we might lose a few in a row, we know it's back to work and figure out what we need to correct and go out there and play harder and we've been doing that all year. That forced Houston to gang rebound and it worked, as six Rockets grabbed at least six rebounds. Some of them going to be small lumps.

Cleveland got destroyed on the offensive glass, snagging just four boards on that end compared to the Rockets' 20. "That was one of the big keys going into the game". Overall, Thompson's struggles were indicative of a Cavaliers team that seemed exhausted on the second night of a back-to-back. Harden scored 11 points in the quarter, and Ryan Anderson added eight, while Cleveland's red-hot shooting went cold. The race for home court advantage in the East is far from over.

Brook Lopez had 25 points for the Nets, who played at home for the first time since February 15.

Global warming may be shrinking Earth's mammals
The observed change in animal body size could have been an evolutionary response to create a more efficient way to reduce body heat.

Anthony scored 27 to lead the Knicks, but he shot 10-of-26 from the field. Waiters finished with 20 points and eight rebounds.

The Pacers held off the scrappy Heat for a win in Indiana. Turner finished with 15 points for IN, while Teague had 12 points, five rebounds and four assists.

The Heat played without leading scorer Goran Dragic, who was sidelined due to an orbital contusion in his right eye. He looked more like a prize fighter than a basketball player, with his right eye swollen shut.

George rallied the Pacers superbly after the Heat recovered from 93-85 down to take the lead with nine unanswered points with 4:10 to go in the fourth quarter.

Damian Lillard hit 39 points as Portland beat Phoenix 110-101 to bring the Trail Blazers within 1 1/2 games of Denver for the final Western Conference playoff spot.

In a battle of two of the league's worst teams, who also happen to be linked in other ways, the 76ers topped the Lakers in Los Angeles. Jahlil Okafor contributed 23 points and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot added 18 points for the 76ers, who moved in front for good on T.J. McConnell's bucket on a drive with 50 seconds left.

Jordan Clarkson scored a game-high 30 off the bench for LA. Julius Randle collected 21 points and 12 rebounds.

Related Articles