Rockets keep streak; Nuggets down Cavs

Is Houston actually a problem for Golden State?

It is going to be different when they face the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

"Defense (is) what it boiled down to", Gordon said.

"In the first half they were getting a lot of easy looks, they made us scramble defensively". But defense was the deciding factor in this one.

The Rockets narrowly defeated the Celtics 123-120 at the Toyota Center in Houston last night, with Eric Gordon scoring 29 points off the bench, Trevor Ariza scoring 21 points, and James Harden having a double-double outing, scoring 26 points with seven rebounds and 10 assists. With 2.8 seconds left, Irving missed on goal again, but he didn't hit the rim to turn the ball over.

Houston scored five straight points, highlighted by a 3-pointer from P.J. Tucker, to cut the lead to three with about 8 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter. Houston followed with a couple of misses by James Harden and Ariza which Horford followed up with another miss. 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.

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Additionally, bin Salman will visit the Cathedral of St.Mark in Abbasiya where he will meet with Pope Tawadros II. Egypt's parliament backed the deal in June, and President Abdel-Fattah Sisi ratified it one week later.

Houston, which features a plethora of offensive scorers, enters Saturday's game ranked second in points per game (113.8) and first in 3-pointers (944), nailing just over 40 percent per game.

They hope games like this one showcase that they can play pretty good defense, too.

Since returning from the All-Star break, the Celtics had won four straight, while beating opponents by an average of 15 points before Saturday night's loss to the Rockets. Irving hit a layup seconds later, but Harden made one of two free throws with 7.4 seconds left to make it 120-117.

Ball made three shots from beyond the arc in the final three minutes to give the Lakers their fifth straight victory. Marcus Smart's desperation three-pointer at the buzzer - after hauling in a full-court pass, turning and firing in about two seconds - stunningly drew iron but did not fall. "The second half we picked it up a little more", he said. "Tonight definitely proved to us that we can win in that style of basketball, a grind-it-out type of game".

If you'd like to see some more mind-blowing wizardry off the dribble, check out Kyrie Irving's collection of best plays.

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The Japan global will be assessed ahead of Saturday's game, having missed the last three matches with a knee problem. Last week, Leicester City kicked off their relatively easy run-in against relegation threatened Stoke City .

Isaiah Thomas added 21 points for the Lakers off the bench while Ball and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 18 each. Damian Lillard added 20 points despite a 5-for-18 shooting game for Portland.

Boston's coach Brad Stevens said: "I just thought they maximized more possessions than we did".

And speaking of three-pointers, they were certainly expected to come at a huge clip between these two teams, and they sure did. The Celtics lost some ground on the Raptors and are 1.5 games behind now, so this should be a tight race for the 1.5 months.

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

Celtics: Visit the Chicago Bulls on Monday.

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The conflict has functioned as something of a proxy war, with Iran backing the Yemeni side against the USA -backed Saudis. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has also flirted with a new war powers proposal in several hearings.

The Rockets 15-game win streak matches the run the team started the 1993-94 season with, still seven games shy of the franchise record set 10 years ago.

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