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.
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.