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Rockets extend streak to 15 with 123-120 win over Celtics

Rockets extend streak to 15 with 123-120 win over Celtics

"In the first half it was a little too easy for them. and the reason why we won was fourth-quarter defense". He scored 34 points and dished out ten assists, but he was not good in a game which saw Boston come back from 26 points down to win 99-98. But defense was the deciding factor in this one. It's their second long winning streak of the season after the NBA-leading Rockets won 14 in a row from November 16 to December 18.

The Nuggets made 19 of 35 3-pointers, including three in the final 2:26, to hold off a second-half charge from the Cavs, who are struggling as they try to blend in four new players on the fly. Houston followed with a couple of misses by James Harden and Ariza which Horford followed up with another miss.

The best part is that when you have a starting unit as young as the Celtics, it makes all the difference when you have a bench that will give you an advantage. Houston's constantly active defense had no answer for his post-up moves, so he kept attacking whenever he received the ball in close proximity to the basket.

Anthony Davis is playing really good this season and his game stats are absurd, he has put up 53 points and 18 rebounds against Phoenix Suns, 45 points, 17 rebounds, five steals and five blocks game against the Miami Heat, 42 points and 15 rebounds against Los Angeles Lakers, and that are just some of his awesome performances. Gordon tied a season high with seven 3s and has made 12 of 25 over the last two games after missing the previous four due to an injury and an illness.

Then a missed three-pointer by Marcus Smart on the buzzer gave the Rockets the 123-120 win.

"We haven't had many games like that this year".

Detroit's Blake Griffin scored a game-high 31 points and added a team-best six assists, but it wasn't enough as the Pistons lost their eighth consecutive road game.

Eric Gordon led all scorers with 29 points, he connected on 7-of-11 attempts from beyond the arc.

Isaiah Thomas added 21 points for the Lakers off the bench while Ball and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 18 each.

Kyrie Irving vs Chris Paul - Two of the best point guards, and players, in the National Basketball Association, will engage in what will be an enthralling battle in this game.

The three main contributors off the bench have been Marcus Morris, Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier.

"I just think you have to be able to score in the paint against these guys", said Stevens "Otherwise, you get into trouble with how much switching they do". This dominance at both ends makes them a near impossible matchup up, and Boston will need to play out of their skins to have a chance.

The Celtics head into Monday's game at the rebuilding Chicago Bulls with the first-place Toronto Raptors in their sights as they push to be the Eastern Conference's top seed heading into the playoffs. But they still have a seven-game lead on the Cleveland Cavaliers for the No. 2 spot. The "08 squad's streak lasted from January 29 2008 to March 18 2008, oddly beginning nine years and 364 days before the current teams" 15-game winning streak.


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