Rockets beat Boston for 15th straight win

"In the first half it was a little too easy for them ... and the reason why we won was fourth-quarter defense".

James finished with 25 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds - his 13th triple-double this season.

Harden, the NBA's leading scorer, comes into Saturday's game averaging 31 points per game and almost nine assists per game. With Smith and James carrying the scoring load, the Cavs pulled within 115-114 with 2:40 left.

The Celtics led by three entering the fourth and were up by the same margin early in the quarter before Houston used a 6-2 run to take a 96-95 lead with about 9 1/2 minutes left. Ariza made a 3-pointer before stealing the ball from Kyrie Irving and finishing with a basket on the other end to cap the run. On the very next play, he stole a Kyrie Irving pass and hit a layup seconds later to give Houston the lead, 117-115. Irving made a layup seconds later, but Harden made one of two free throws with 7.4 seconds left to make it 120-117.

Irving tried to miss his second attempt with five seconds left, but the ball went in off the bank.

Houston's Gordon made one of two free throws to make it 123-120 with 2.3 seconds remaining.

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Houston's winning streak ties the second-longest in franchise history, accomplished twice during Hakeem Olajuwon's tenure in the 1990s, and trails only a 22-game run the Rockets had in the 2007-08 season.

The win extends Houston's win streak to 15 games and improves their record to an National Basketball Association best, 49-13.

CLEVELAND - Gary Harris scored 32 points, Will Barton added 23 and Denver did most of its damage behind the 3-point arc in a win over LeBron James and Cleveland. Since securing a triple-double in his first career start on January 31, Rozier has averaged 15.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game off of the bench. During Saturday's game we got a glimpse into what a shortened C's bench could potentially look like come playoff time.

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.

The Jazz, who beat Minnesota on Friday, have back-to-back victories for the first time since their 11-game winning streak was snapped by Portland on February 23. Although his minutes have been down to about 20 minutes per game as of late, he is a veteran and will be missed. Jarell Martin added 19 points and 11 rebounds. The teams traded big plays throughout the night.

Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball had 18 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds, but more importantly, Los Angeles handed the Spurs a 116-112 defeat.

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Ball made three shots from beyond the arc in the final three minutes to give the Lakers their fifth straight victory. Damian Lillard added 20 points despite a 5-for-18 shooting game for Portland.

The Spurs lost their second straight game in which they never trailed until the final two minutes.

Rockets: Begin a four-game road trip at Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

Rookie forward Zach Collins added 12 points for the Blazers, part of a close cluster in the Western Conference standings that includes the Thunder, Spurs and Timberwolves.

Houston has four players averaging double figures for the season: Chris Paul (18.8 points per game), Eric Gordon (18.5), Clint Capella (14.6), Trevor Ariza (12.0), Gerald Green (11.5) and Ryan Anderson (10.0).

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