NBA wrap: Rockets move to 21-1 with Harden, Paul, Capela trio on the court

James Harden (Getty Pictures)

With Chris Paul and James Harden in the similar backcourt the Rockets are certainly one of the hardest groups to beat in basketball with a 37-thirteen report, however when these two guards are enjoying with middle Clint Capela, they’re virtually unbeatable.

Houston dropped the Spurs 102-ninety one on the street Thursday and they’re now 21-1 with Harden, Paul and Capela in the lineup. Capela (thirteen factors, 14 rebounds) and Harden (28 factors, eleven assists) each posted double-doubles in the win whereas Paul scored 10.

Paul got here again after lacking the Rockets’ win over the Magic earlier this week with a groin damage and he was removed from one hundred pc. He truly thought he was hurting the workforce down the stretch.

“I advised (coach Mike D’Antoni) I used to be tripping,” Paul informed the Houston Chronicle after the recreation. “It was my fault they have been coming again. All recreation I wasn’t actually trusting what I had going on. I used to be like, ‘That is sufficient.”

Regardless of Paul’s much less-than-good efficiency the Rockets have been nonetheless in a position to maintain off an excellent, if shorthanded, Spurs staff. They’ve now gained three video games in a row and 7 of their final eight.

Studs of the Night time

Timberwolves middle Karl-Anthony Cities scored 24 factors on 10-of-thirteen capturing as well as to eleven rebounds in Minnesota’s 108-89 win over the Bucks.

Kyle Lowry scored a recreation-excessive 29 factors with 5 rebounds, 5 assists and three steals, however the Raptors fell to the Wizards 122-119.

Dud of the Night time

Grizzlies ahead Wayne Selden scored simply seven factors on 2-of-9 capturing with extra turnovers (three) than area objectives made in Memphis’ 104-102 loss to the Pistons.


Nuggets guard Jamal Murray confirmed why facilities ought to by no means try to guard him on the perimeter.

What’s subsequent

Warmth (29-22) at 76ers (24-24) eight p.m. ET — Goran Dragic obtained the nod to exchange Kevin Love in the All-Star recreation. Ben Simmons would have beloved to make the workforce as a rookie. The 2 match up on the court in Philadelphia Friday. Additionally, they’re each left-handed in order that’s a singular factor one does not see each day, both.