Rockets knock off Celtics in OT
UNDATED (AP) — The Houston Rockets have a six-game winning streak after outlasting the Boston Celtics in overtime.
James Harden had 21 points, including a pair of free throws with 25 seconds left in overtime to send the Rockets to a 111-110 triumph at Boston. Russell Westbrook scored 41 points and Houston withstood Jaylen Brown’s 3-pointer at the end of regulation.
Robert Covington added 16 points and 16 rebounds for the Rockets, who have won 10 of their last 12 games and beaten Boston five times in a row.
Houston paces the NBA’s Southwest Division by 3 ½ games over Dallas.
The Celtics shot 0-for-6 while going scoreless over the final 2:49, dropping them one game behind the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors.
Checking out Saturday’s other NBA action:
— The Lakers’ seven-game winning streak is over after rookie Ja Morant provided 27 points and matched his season high with 14 assists in the Grizzlies’ 105-88 stifling of Los Angeles. Jonas Valanciunas had 22 points and 20 rebounds as Memphis halted a five-game skid.
— Kendrick Nunn scored 21 points and Goran Dragic added 19 points off the bench to lead the Heat past the Nets, 116-113. Bam Adebayo had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Southeast Division leaders, who didn’t clinch the win until Spencer Dinwiddie threw away a pass in the closing seconds.
— T.J. Warren scored 30 points and Malcolm Brogdon added 22, including the go-ahead basket midway through the fourth quarter of the Pacers’ 113-104 downing of the Cavaliers. Domantas Sabonis had his 46th double-double of the season with 18 points and 13 rebounds to go with nine assists in Indiana’s fifth win in six games.
— Trey Lyles had 20 points and the Spurs overcame a shaky fourth quarter to beat Orlando, 114-113. San Antonio had seven players score in double figures, including 19 points from Rudy Gay, 16 from DeMar DeRozan and 15 by Dejounte Murray.
— Eric Paschall’s 25 points led the Warriors in a 115-99 comeback at Phoenix. Damion Lee had 20 points and eight assists for Golden State, which trailed 41-28 after one period before ending an eight-game losing skid.
— Trae Young and John Collins each recorded double-doubles in the Hawks’ 129-117 victory over the Trail Blazers. Young had 25 points and 15 assists, while Collins added 24 points and 10 rebounds in Atlanta’s second consecutive win.
— Backup Mitchell Robinson had a career-high 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Knicks beat the Bulls, 125-115 to end a six-game losing streak. Julius Randle contributed 22 points and 10 boards for the Knicks, who blew most of a 17-point, third-quarter lead before prevailing.
Warriors star Curry not playing Sunday
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry won’t make his return to the court Sunday against the Wizards as had originally been hoped.
Golden State says Curry is participating in full scrimmages and “continues to make good progress in his recovery” from a broken left hand. Coach Steve Kerr said earlier this week he hoped Curry would return this weekend.
Curry has played only four games this season, falling on his hand Oct. 30 against the Suns.