Celtics Bench Steps Up Vs. Rockets; Is Second Unit Becoming A Strength?

Celtics Bench Steps Up Vs. Rockets; Is Second Unit Becoming A Strength?

Eric Gordon led the way with 29 points with seven made three-pointers.

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.

"It's a huge step for us", Rockets forward Trevor Ariza said after the game (ESPN) "We haven't had many games like that this year".

Kyrie Irving raced down court and made a quick layup to pull back with two but with only 7.9 seconds to play.

Russell Westbrook had 30 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, but it was CJ McCollum's 28 points and eight rebounds which led the Trail Blazers to a 108-100 win over OKC.

Boston used an 8-2 spurt, with four points each from Greg Monroe and Smart, to take an 89-86 lead into the fourth quarter. Irving tried to miss his second attempt with five seconds left, but the ball went in off the bank.

Paul Millsap hit a lead-saving 3-pointer with 2:26 remaining, sending Denver to a victory over host Cleveland.

James Johnson scored 14 points, Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow each had 13 and Dwyane Wade added 11 for Miami.

The Rockets matched the second longest win streak in franchise history, winning their 15th game in a row Saturday night, in a 123-120 thriller over the Boston Celtics at Toyota Center. Hassan Whiteside grabbed 19 rebounds for the Heat, who won for only the fourth time in their last 13 games.

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Blake Griffin scored 31 points and Andre Drummond finished with 22 points and 18 rebounds for the Pistons, who were playing their fifth game in seven nights - four of those on the road.

Harden on if Saturday's game felt like a playoff game: "Yeah, every game from here on out is going to be a playoff game, playoff atmosphere, playoff intensity, physicality, everything".

LeBron James recorded a 25-point, 10-rebound, 15-assist triple-double for the Cavaliers, who have lost four of their past six games.

Lonzo Ball hit a career-best six 3-pointers and Julius Randle had 25 points as the Los Angeles Lakers rallied in the final two minutes to beat the San Antonio Spurs 116-112.

Ben McLemore scored 20 points for the Grizzlies.

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

The Houston Rockets know people understand how good they are on offense. Jarell Martin added 19 as Memphis remained winless since January 29.

Ariza gave the Rockets 21 points, while Clint Capela pulled down 17 rebounds as the Rockets improve to 49-13, a game up on the Golden State Warriors in the loss column for the best record in the National Basketball Association. That's why, despite the Warriors winning five straight, they maintain a half-game lead on the conference.

Elsewhere, the Miami Heat improved on their recent poor form, beating the Detroit Pistons 105-96, and the Portland Trail Blazers extended their winning streak to six with a 108-100 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Damian Lillard added 20 points despite a 5-for-18 shooting game for Portland.

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