News ID: 211273
Published: 0335 GMT March 07, 2018

Rockets top Thunder for 16th straight win

Rockets top Thunder for 16th straight win
Rockets guard James Harden (rear) loses the ball after a foul by Thunder forward Corey Brewer during an NBA game in Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena on March 6, 2018.

Chris Paul scored 25 points, James Harden had 23 points and 11 assists, and Houston beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 122-112 on Tuesday night for its 16th straight victory.

The Rockets matched Boston for the longest win streak in the league this season and are on the second-longest win streak in franchise history, The Associated Press reported.

Harden was blunt when asked what those things meant to him.

"Nothing," he said. "Nothing at all. We just want to play well. We want to play well and have each other's back, no matter what, on both ends of the floor. It doesn't matter. Wins and losses will come."

Trevor Ariza scored 15 points and Eric Gordon added 14 for the Rockets.

Russell Westbrook scored 32 points and Carmelo Anthony added 23 for Oklahoma City, which is in a logjam of teams trying to fight their way into third place in the West.

Oklahoma City had beaten several of the league's top teams this season. The Thunder have two wins over Golden State, a victory over Toronto and a win over Cleveland this season. The Rockets avoided that fate by going 17 of 33 on three-pointers and 29 of 34 on free throws.

"We're so good offensively that every single night, teams are going to throw different coverages at us," Harden said. "We've just got to figure out ways to attack them. Tonight was no different. Once we found something that we could go to, we used it. Guys got open shots and we just ride that wave out the entire game."

The Rockets led 54-45 at halftime as Harden posted 13 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Anthony had 19 points for the Thunder and Westbrook had 14, but All-Star Paul George went 1 for 7 from the field before the break.


Nets 101 Warriors 114


Stephen Curry scored 34 points with six three-pointers, and the Golden State Warriors won their sixth straight since the All-Star break by beating the Brooklyn Nets 114-101 on Tuesday night.

"Right now you can pretty much smell the playoffs coming," Curry said. "I think we understand that we are a talented team and we have championship pedigree. We understand what it takes to win a championship but you can't just turn on the switch of every single detail that needs to go into being the team we want to be come April."

Kevin Durant added 19 points and six rebounds as the Warriors reached 50 wins for the fifth straight season.

"I didn't expect to come out blazing given that we were coming off the trip and a couple days off," coach Steve Kerr said.

D'Angelo Russell had 22 points for the Nets, who hung tough through three quarters but couldn't last. They lost by three points at the Clippers on Sunday.

Curry sure didn't seem to be slowed down a bit after the two-time MVP tweaked his troublesome right ankle Friday at Atlanta. He was fine at practice Monday after two days off. Curry scored 11 straight points during a 25-0 run that turned a 14-10 deficit into a 35-14 lead late in the opening quarter.

"The best team in the world," Russell said. "They struggle a little bit and then they figure it out and then they attack it."

Draymond Green's three-pointer from the top with 9:43 to play put the Warriors up 93-81. Green wound up with 16 points, nine assists and five rebounds while committing six turnovers.

Klay Thompson struggled to find his shooting touch early, scoring 18 points and finally making his first thee-pointer with 3:55 to play. He dished out five assists.

Thompson needs two more three-pointers to reach 200 or more 3s for the sixth straight time, which would tie Curry for an NBA record of most such seasons with 200 or more 3s — and also for doing it in successive years. Ray Allen has the second-most seasons with 200-plus 3s in NBA history at five.

Curry became the seventh player in Warriors history to make 5,000 career field goals. The others: Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry, Chris Mullin, Paul Arizin, Jeff Mullins and Nate Thurmond.




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