March 17, 2018

Harden fuels Rockets as Cavaliers fizzle out

20 March 2017, 04:55 | Joan Schultz

James Harden plays 40 minutes making field goal attempts including 4 for 14 from the 3-point line. AP

Rockets use huge third-quarter rally to defeat Cavaliers

Devin Booker scored 28 to lead Phoenix, and Alan Williams continued his production off the bench with 12 points and 10 rebounds. He had some fun with the fans in the closing minutes of the blowout, taking part with teammate Jae Crowder in the crowd's cheer.

Going small paid off on the offensive end as well, but not in the way you might expect.

Avery Bradley added 17 points for Boston. The Rockets played the majority of the second half with just one big on the floor, as they rotated Ryan Anderson, Clint Capela and Nene.

The Celtics rushed to a 13-0 lead, shutting out Chicago until Dwyane Wade's jumper almost six minutes into the game. If Harden settled for a 3-pointer or missed on his drives to the hoop, Thompson, the Cavs' best rebounder was out of position, unable to finish the defensive possession.

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

Bulls star Dwyane Wade, who finished with only eight points, said Chicago were still "experimenting". "I thought our guys came out doing the right thing". We got our shots and we attacked the rim or whatnot. "The challenges right now that we face will kind of dictate where we are in the next two weeks, next three weeks going into April".

After a long road trip, the Celtics were happy to be home again and blew out the Bulls. After missing their first 12 shots and starting 1-for-19, the Bulls finished with a season-low points in the first quarter and trailed 22-9. After Lopez opened the second half with a three-point play, the Celtics scored the next 10 points.

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According to Nathan Beighle of FanSided, James Harden is the "kryptonite" for the Cavaliers because of his ability to control the game.

INDIANAPOLIS Paul George had 28 points and 10 rebounds in Indiana's victory over Miami.

Myles Turner chipped in 15 points and eight rebounds for the Pacers.

The Cavaliers led by 14 points at one point in the third, but Houston closed the quarter on a 21-5 run that turned the tide.

You can't win or lose the MVP in one night, but there are definitely statement games that leave an impression on fans and voters, and Sunday was one of those occasions: a national TV game between two superstars and two of the top four teams in the league. Kristaps Porzingis added 19 points, 10 rebound and five blocks, but NY couldn't overcome another poor defensive effort that featured giving up 19 threes.

Brooklyn beat NY 120-112 for a first home victory of 2017, ending a 16-game losing streak at Barclays Center.

In reality the top of the chart ranking reflects the torrid pace the Rockets continue combined with the Warriors three game losing streak, their first since the NBA Finals. They hadn't won there since December 26, when Lin strained his hamstring in a victory over Charlotte.

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