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Hot-shooting Eric Gordon leads Rockets past Lakers, 134-95 (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:35:29 PST)
The Houston Rockets were determined to make up for losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in their season opener. Eric Gordon made a career-high eight 3-pointers and scored 26 points to help the Rockets cruise to a 134-95 victory. The Rockets scored a season high and extended their winning streak to a season-best four games.

Bradley, Celtics roll to 117-87 victory over Magic (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:34:25 PST)
Avery Bradley and the Boston Celtics made up for Isaiah Thomas' absence by spreading the ball around. Bradley scored 23 points, Jae Crowder had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the Celtics routed the Orlando Magic 117-87 on Wednesday night. Boston shot 51.2 percent from the field and had seven players score in double figures, bouncing back nicely from a disappointing 107-106 loss at Houston on Monday night.

The NBA is reaching a tipping point in the debate over legalized marijuana (Ball Don't Lie)
(Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:18:06 PST)
Phil Jackson and Steve Kerr have more in common than the 1990s Chicago Bulls. The legal use of marijuana, whether it be medicinally or recreationally, is gaining steam in the NBA. First, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr admitted last week to using legally prescribed marijuana during his recovery from a 2015 back surgery, questioning how a league could encourage prescription painkiller use for players healing from injury while listing marijuana among its banned substances.

Defense the focus as Celtics visit Magic (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:21:28 PST)
The Boston Celtics have built an identity the last few years under Brad Stevens as a tough-minded defensive team. To take that next step, Boston added Al Horford to Isaiah Thomas, hoping they would propel the club to the top of the Eastern Conference. Horford has indeed helped, notwithstanding the failed tip-in at the buzzer against the Houston Rockets on Monday.

Warriors, Clippers to resume spicy rivalry (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:18:19 PST)
The last time they metm the Golden State Warriors smoked the Los Angeles Clippers 120-75 in an exhibition on Oct. 4 at Oracle Arena. Afterward, Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who frequently likes to tweak the Warriors with snarky comments, said Golden State approached the contest like a postseason game while his club showed up for glorified scrimmage. On Wednesday, the two Western Conforence foes engage in the first of four regular-season clashes as the Warriors visit the Clippers at Staples Center.

Depleted Lakers limp into Houston (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:59:24 PST)
Lakers center Tarik Black on Monday night added his name to a long list of wounded rotation players whose absence is undermining the promise that marked the first few weeks of this season in Los Angeles. Black suffered an ankle sprain in a 107-101 home loss to the Utah Jazz, increasing the number of sidelined rotation players to five for the Lakers (10-13). Relatedly, the Lakers have dropped three consecutive games, four of six and six of eight as they ready for their second meeting with the Rockets on Wednesday night at Toyota Center.

Earl Watson and John Lucas take issue with Steve Kerr's medicinal pot revelations (Ball Don't Lie)
(Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:36:33 PST)
Earl Watson and John Lucas join in the discussion. Steve Kerr last week admitted to using pot in an unsuccessful attempt to quell the back pain that has plagued him since he underwent two significant back surgeries.

Russell Westbrook crafting 1 of NBA's greatest seasons (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 06 Dec 2016 03:27:26 PST)
Russell Westbrook floated off the man he was covering, anticipated the pass into the lane and slipped back to pick it off. At about the 3-point line, Westbrook whipped a bounce pass toward his teammate, who took it from there for a layup. With that, Westbrook earned his 10th assist and another triple-double.

Jazz hold off Lakers' rally to win without Snyder, 107-101 (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:09:16 PST)
The Los Angeles Lakers began the game without four injured regulars, and lost a fifth in the second half. The Utah Jazz were merely without their coach and second-leading scorer. In a game defined by who was missing, Gordon Hayward and the Jazz continued to assert themselves in the Western Conference.

Horford's blown game-winning lay-up saves Rockets from tough loss (Ball Don't Lie)
(Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:28:27 PST)
James Harden celebrates a Rockets win. The Houston Rockets got to feel that sweet relief at the end of Monday’s home game against the Boston Celtics. Down six points after a 35-17 third quarter for the Celtics, the Rockets worked their way back to take a 107-102 lead on a James Harden three-pointer with 53 seconds on the clock.

NBA-Highlights of Monday's NBA games
(Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:28:37 PST)
Dec 5 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of National Basketball Association games on Monday: Cavaliers 116, Raptors 112 LeBron James scored 34 points, Kevin Love had 28 points and 14 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors 116-112 on Monday night to end a three-game losing streak. Tristan Thompson also nabbed 14 rebounds and had six points for the Cavaliers (14-5), who ended a season-beat six-game winning streak by the Raptors (14-7). ...

Harden's 37 helps Rockets over Celtics 107-106 (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 05 Dec 2016 21:33:46 PST)
Houston's coaching staff emphasized to the players that Boston led the league in fourth-quarter scoring. Harden made sure they did that, scoring 13 of his 37 points in the fourth before Al Horford missed a shot just before the buzzer to allow the Rockets to hold on for a 107-106 victory Monday night. The game was tied before Harden scored five straight points to make it 107-102 with less than a minute remaining.

Westbrook's triple-double leads Thunder past Hawks, 102-99 (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:23:17 PST)
At first, Russell Westbrook couldn't get the shots to fall. Westbrook scored 32 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out 12 assists, extending his streak of triple-doubles to six games as the Thunder held off the Atlanta Hawks 102-99 on Monday night. It is the NBA's longest such run since Michael Jordan had seven in a row in 1989.

Draymond Green is kickin' mad about NBA penalties for his 'unnatural' play (Ball Don't Lie)
(Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:40:39 PST)
Draymond Green has some stuff to figure out. Some of those, as you may have noticed, result in a series of post-contact “kicks” that have drawn the ire of opponents, fans, and the league office as it hands down penalties.

Pacers visit rested Warriors (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 04 Dec 2016 22:07:48 PST)
The Indiana Pacers will take the court Monday night at a distinct scheduling disadvantage when they continue a five-game Western swing against the Golden State Warriors. The Pacers are coming off a 111-102 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night on the second stop of a five-game trip. On Monday, they will encounter a rested Warriors team, just as they did on Nov. 21, when Golden State took advantage of an Indiana club that went into overtime for a road win at Oklahoma City the night before.

Russell Westbrook is the 1st player with 5 straight triple-doubles since Michael Jordan (Ball Don't Lie)
(Sun, 04 Dec 2016 21:00:31 PST)
Russell Westbrook’s pursuit of a triple-double average over the 2016-17 season is now a big enough story that it’s not crazy to cover it on a daily basis. With nine triple-doubles in this season’s 20 games prior to Sunday’s contest against the New Orleans Pelicans, Westbrook’s early-season achievements are not just hopeful indicators of a feat that has been achieved just one other time in the history of the NBA. In that case, it’s not especially notable that Westbrook put up a triple-double in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 101-92 win over New Orleans at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Red-hot Rockets to host surging Celtics (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 04 Dec 2016 16:33:08 PST)
With one-quarter of their first season under Mike D'Antoni complete, the Rockets are resembling the offensive juggernaut many predicted following the consummation between D'Antoni and the Rockets' bevy of perimeter shooters. The Rockets (13-7) completed their second five-game road trip of the season with a sparkling 4-1 record late Friday, capped by victories over the Golden State Warriors and Nuggets on consecutive nights. The Rockets, second in the league in points per game (111.3) and third in offensive rating (113.8 points per 100 possessions), averaged 121.6 points during their five-game roadie against Western Conference foes.

Warriors' Green irked over flagrant foul for leg flail
(Sun, 04 Dec 2016 15:44:45 PST)
Golden State star Draymond Green was still steamed this weekend over the flagrant foul he received when his flailing leg found the head of Houston's James Harden in the Warriors' NBA loss to the Rockets on Thursday. "I wouldn’t call it unnatural," Harden said.

Warriors bounce back to rout Suns 138-109
(Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:02:46 PST)
Stephen Curry finished with 31 points as the Golden State Warriors extended their league record streak of games without consecutive defeats with a dominating 138-109 win over the Phoenix Suns. The Warriors have now gone 106 games without back-to-back losses as they rebounded Saturday from a 132-127 double overtime defeat two night earlier to the Houston Rockets. The Warriors shot a season-high 62.8 percent from the field against the Suns, just shy of their franchise record of 63.6 percent.

Warriors' Green slams NBA for flagrant foul call
(Sat, 03 Dec 2016 22:47:58 PST)
(Reuters) - Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green slammed the NBA on Saturday for its officiating, two days after he was penalized for a flagrant foul that led to his team losing to the Houston Rockets. Green was given a flagrant foul late in the game against the Rockets when his flailing leg connected with the head of James Harden during a shot attempt.Houston earned two points and possession of the ball in their 132-127 double overtime win over the Warriors, who had their 12-game winning streak snapped.The play was the latest for Green who has been repeatedly penalized for his frequent high kicks."I just laugh at it," Green told the Mercury News.

Thomas' 37 points lead Celtics past 76ers, 107-106 (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:00:19 PST)
As the tension of the game goes up, Isaiah Thomas calms down. Thomas scored 12 straight Celtics points late in the fourth quarter and tied his season high with 37 points to lead Boston to a 107-106 victory over the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night. Avery Bradley added 20 points for Boston, which won its ninth straight game against the 76ers.

The Week Ahead: Week 7 (Rotoworld)
(Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:25:00 PST)
Jonas Nader looks at the schedule and the injury report to prepare you for Week 7.

Harden scores 20 in Rockets' runaway win over Denver 128-110 (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:38:51 PST)
James Harden scored 20 points and the Rockets led from start to finish in beating the Denver Nuggets 128-110 on Friday night. Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson had 18 points each and Sam Dekker added 17 for Houston, which completed an impressive back-to-back road sweep that began with a 132-127 win over Golden State in double overtime Thursday. The latest victory came despite the Rockets' 5 a.m. Friday arrival in Denver.

'Honeymoon over' as Bulls hand Cavs third straight defeat
(Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:49:45 PST)
Dwyane Wade and the Chicago Bulls handed the Cleveland Cavaliers a third straight defeat, and superstar LeBron James said it should serve as a wakeup call to the defending NBA champions. "It's a new season and everyone is gunning for us every night," James told reporters after his Cavs fell 111-105. "The honeymoon stage is over," James added.

Jazz, Nuggets both hampered by injuries (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:28:46 PST)
Injuries are becoming an early season broken record for the Utah Jazz. With Rodney Hood and George Hill sitting out on Thursday night because of injuries, Jazz coach Quin Snyder trotted out his 11th different starting lineup in 20 games. The Jazz interior defense suffered a rare breakdown over 48 minutes.

Basketball-Highlights of Friday's NBA games
(Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:13:40 PST)
Highlights of National Basketball Association games on Friday: Raptors 113, Lakers 80 Kyle Lowry scored 24 points and dished out seven assists, DeMar DeRozan added 16 points with six assists and the Toronto Raptors defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 113-80 Friday night to extend their winning streak to five games. The Raptors (13-6) led from the outset as the Lakers (10-11) lost for the second time in three games on a four-game trip that ends Saturday. Spurs 107, Wizards 105 Kawhi Leonard capped his 23-point performance by drilling a game-winning 17-foot jumper with 6.1 seconds to play as San Antonio outlasted Washington in a furious finish at the AT&T Center.

Warriors aim to rebound vs. Suns (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:34:15 PST)
The Golden State Warriors showed their vulnerability when they dropped a 132-127 double-overtime thriller to the Houston Rockets on Thursday night. Unfortunately for Saturday's opponent, the Phoenix Suns, now the Warriors get another opportunity to demonstrate their invincibility. Golden State will put its NBA-record streak of not having lost consecutive regular-season games (105) on the line Saturday when they face the Suns for the third time this season.

The 10-man rotation, starring James Harden, a video game made real (Ball Don't Lie)
(Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:45:16 PST)
A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It’s also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren’t always listed in order of importance. That’s for you, dear reader, to figure out.

Rockets down streaking Warriors in double overtime
(Thu, 01 Dec 2016 23:55:59 PST)
The Houston Rockets shot down streaking Golden State, ending the Warriors' 12-game NBA winning streak with a 132-127 double-overtime triumph. Rockets guard James Harden posted his fourth triple-double of the season, scoring 29 points with 15 rebounds and 13 assists. Harden connected on a three-pointer to put the Rockets up 126-123 with 3:12 remaining in the second overtime and added two free throws with 2:10 left.

Harden, Rockets snap Warriors' 12 game win streak in 2 OTs (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 01 Dec 2016 23:51:40 PST)
Kevin Durant just missed the garbage can with his postgame ice bag, and that told the story of Golden State's long night. Then, Draymond Green expressed his disgust with the officiating. James Harden notched his fourth triple-double of the season with 29 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists, and the Houston Rockets outlasted the Warriors 132-127 in double overtime Thursday night to end Golden State's 12-game winning streak.

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