It is going to be different when they face the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.
Houston's win streak is its longest since the Hakeem Olajuwan-led team won the first 15 games of the 1993-94 season. However, their teammates were more than happy to pick up the slack. Cleveland gave up 73 points in the first half, which was just two points shy of its worst defensive half of the season. Rudy Gay scored 15 points and Patty Mills added 14 for the Spurs, who have lost two games in a row and five of the past six. But defense was the deciding factor in this one.
Kyrie Irving (11) has led Boston during their four game winning streak. And they would finish the game with 73 three-point attempts. He essentially boxed out, tracked the pass like Rob Gronkowski, and launched a twisting 3-pointer while falling into the Celtics bench. Houston followed with a couple of misses by James Harden and Ariza which Horford followed up with another miss.
They discuss Danny Ainge's draft history, how the nine-man rotation from the Rockets game is a nice preview for the Celtics' playoff look and even talked a little Oscars stuff off the top. As a positive, Houston will have Paul and Capella for the game - two players who did not play in the December 28 game due to injuries. Boston limited Houston to four field goals in the third quarter and created turnovers that led to the Celtics outscoring the Rockets 31-16. Irving made a layup seconds later, but Harden made one of two free throws with 7.4 seconds left to make it 120-117.
J.R. Smith scored 19 points - all in the second half - in his return from a one-game suspension for throwing a bowl of soup on Cavs assistant coach Damon Jones. "Tonight definitely proved to us that we can win in that style of basketball, a grind-it-out type of game".
Paul, who sat out with an injury in the previous game against the Celtics, added 15 points and Ariza had 21.
Declassified papers reveal the Queen survived an assassination attempt in 1981
During the massive gathering, Lewis hid in a deserted cubicle on the fifth floor of the building overlooking the parade. The papers said it was, "highly likely, although it may not have been aimed directly at the Queen or the Royal Party".
Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball had 18 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds, but more importantly, Los Angeles handed the Spurs a 116-112 defeat.
Along with Irving, Brown and Tatum are combining for over 27 points per game, followed by Horford with almost 13, Marcus Morris with 12, and both Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart averaging just over 10 respectively. We just wanted to compete at a high level. "Those were two good teams playing and both teams deserve a lot of credit for how they played".
Looking at the betting trends, the Celtics are 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 games following a win of more than 10 points, 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 23-9 ATS in their last 32 road games. What did we think fo the Celtics' play last night and how great is it that Terry Rozier is actually good now?
The Rockets used a late surge in the final four minutes to beat the Boston Celtics 123-120 for their 15th consecutive win, the team's longest run since the 1993-94 season.
PORTLAND, Ore. - CJ McCollum scored 28 points, Damian Lillard had 20 and Portland won its sixth straight game with a victory over Oklahoma City.