Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer
Brandon Ingram is back in the starting lineup.
Brandon Ingram is back in the starting lineup.
La estrella de los Knicks Kristaps Porzingis saluda a la afición de la gran manzana que llegó al Staples Center para mostrarle su apoyo ante el juego contra los Lakers, la franquicia de Nueva York ocupa el décimo lugar de la Conferencia Este de la NBA.
Brandon Ingram (ankle) is available to play against the Knicks.
Kyrie Irving's sore shoulder seems to be doing just fine. After missing Thursday's loss to the Sixers, Irving put up 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting with six rebounds in the first half against Orlando. He also drew two charges. Halftime: Boston 59, Orlando 58.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Achilles) is out. Brandon Ingram (ankle) is a game-time decision. Lonzo Ball (knee) is feeling better but remains out. Luke Walton expects Ball to make five-game road trip later this week but his playing status remains uncertain for the trip.
Through 46 games, Russell Westbrook is averaging 24.8 ppg, 9.7 rpg and 10.1 apg. Assuming he plays all 82, he needs to average 10.4 rebounds and 9.9 assists in the remaining 36 games to average a triple-double again.
Kyrie Irving back in the starting lineup after a one-game absence. Aron Baynes (illness) went through walkthrough and will be a game-time decision. Marcus Morris starts for Boston.
James Harden on Houston's hopes of catching Golden State for West's No. 1 seed: "That's what we're rooting for. It's not going to be easy. Every single game, we're going to have to take it for ourselves and not relax. It's not about who we're playing. It's about us and each and every game getting better."
Rockets sixth man Eric Gordon on Steph Curry: "We always try to go after the weakest link, so when he's out there and they go very small, we always put him in the pick-and-roll. It was funny seeing him guard [PJ] Tucker. Then next thing you know, Tucker's starting to make big plays at the end. We always try to take advantage of that, for sure."
Rockets sixth man Eric Gordon on potentially beating the Warriors in the playoffs: "We really do have that chance. Offensively, we're just as good as them, no question. Defensively, they're a championship team. They're consistent, whether they win or lose. Us, we still have peaks and valleys. We just can't have those. That's why we've got to play well the next game, because we just have to sustain the same effort."
Rockets C Clint Capela on Warriors: "We're confident, because we know if we're doing what we're supposed to do, we're going to beat them. ... I think that if we're doing what we're supposed to do on defense – all the switches, the weak side – and keep playing our offense by keeping that mentality all game long, we have the weapons to beat them. We are better than them."
James Harden on returning for the final 4:24 despite having already hit his restriction of 30 minutes: "That was out. That was out! Thirty minutes, man, I knew how important this game was. A couple of extra minutes wouldn't hurt. We've got an off day tomorrow, so rest my feet, get a massage, get some treatment and then I'll be ready to go Monday. "
The Rockets are now 17-0 in games in which James Harden, Chris Paul and Clint Capela all play.
Big win for Houston over the Warriors, 116-108 with a still recovering James Harden. Chris Paul was spectacular with 33 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Rockets take the season series 2-1.
Shaun Livingston doing his best to keep Draymond Green calm in the huddle. Green not too happy with the shot selections.
Houston has almost doubled Golden State's rebounding total in the first half, 27-15. No Warriors player has more than three rebounds.
Houston is flat out man handling the Warriors right now, forcing 7 turnovers, out rebounding Golden State 26-12 and leading 64-49. James Harden and Chris Paul have 29 of those points
Today is the 50-year anniversary of the college hoops Game of the Century between UCLA and Houston.
Hot start for James Harden and the Rockets against Golden State. Houston up 14-7 as Harden has hit three straight 3s in just his second game back.
Rudy Gay (right heel bursitis) and Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) are out for Sunday's game against the Pacers. Manu Ginobili (right thigh contusion) is questionable.
It wasn't long ago where the Thunder would consistently struggle to score 100 points in a game. They hit the 100-mark today against the Cavs with 3:40 left in the third quarter. Bit of a chicken/egg thing as to if it's good Thunder offense, or the Cavs defense is really that bad.
Lonzo Ball did some running on a treadmill on Saturday, a week after he injured his knee in Dallas. Luke Walton says the rookie has to clear several more steps before returning to practice. Ball is out for Sunday's game. "There's some steps that come after the treadmill that you've got to go on the court," Walton said. "Do agility work, be able to cut, change direction, sprint all that type of stuff before you get to try to practice."
The Cavs allowed 10 less points in the second quarter than they did in the first quarter ... and still allowed the Thunder to score 76 points for the half, the most Cleveland has allowed in any half all season.
With 76 points, the Thunder scored the most points in a half this season, firing on all cylinders against the Cavs' limp defense. Russell Westbrook piled up 11 assists as Paul George dropped 25 points on 8-11 shooting, including 5-7 from 3. In games against the better teams, the Thunder have had a different look to them this season, and at least for this first half, it's more of the same.
The Celtics' offensive rating with Kyrie Irving on the floor: a robust 108.1. When he's off? A meager 97.5. Irving said Saturday that his shoulder is feeling good enough to return to game action and hopes he can give Boston's slumping offense a lift.