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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Who needs sleep? Rockets got to Denver around 5 a.m. and are handling the Nuggets. Houston leads 99-84 heading to the fourth quarter.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets with at least 10 steals the last two games. They have 10 tonight against the Nuggets, had 11 in 2 OT win at Warriors last night.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Houston has until 11:59 PM ET Monday to match Brooklyn's $37M offer sheet (albeit fully guaranteed for only $5M) to RFA Donatas Motiejunas.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said before the Nuggets game he'll maintain the same rotation despite a double-overtime game the night before. D'Antoni used nine players in the first half, with James Harden and Trevor Ariza picking up the most minutes, 18, and Corey Brewer the fewest at six. Rockets are minus Nene, out with sore knee.

Gordon goes coast-to-coast to beat buzzer

Houston's Eric Gordon receives the inbounds pass with four seconds to spare and races down the court, making a layup over a Denver defender to beat the first-half buzzer.


Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden, clearly tired after playing in a double overtime game on Thursday, is 3-10 for 12 points in first half. Harden is 6-6 from the line. Ryan Anderson leads Houston with 16. Trevor Ariza has 13. Rockets 9-20 for 3.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard has now made 3 of his last 4 potential go-ahead shots in the final 10 seconds of the 4th quarter or overtime, including Friday against the Wizards. Leonard is 4-of-8 on those shots for his career. The NBA field-goal percentage on those shots over the last 5 seasons is 25%.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Eric Gordon beat the halfcourt buzzer, going coast to coast for a layup giving the Rockets a 73-63 lead. It's a season-high in first half points for the Rockets. Houston has scored at least 60 plus points in four of the last five games.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Kawhi Leonard on where the Spurs are after 20 games:


Faried won't give up against four Rockets

Kenneth Faried shows off his athleticism after missing a few buckets by grabbing the rebound each time with four Rocket defenders on him before eventually connecting.


Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose says he's loved everything about his experience with the Knicks thus far. As far as signing with New York long-term? "Who knows?" he says. "I'll have wait 'till the end of this year and figure things out. But I would to love be here though."

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis said his right shoulder injury was caused by a nudge from a defender on a postup that lingered throughout the first quarter. The Pelicans' training staff worked on the muscle "underneath" his shoulder, Davis said, and it felt good enough to allow him to return after nine minutes of playing time missed. Davis finished with 21 points in 32 minutes, marking the first time he's been held under 30 since Nov. 22, when he played only 19 minutes because of a right knee bruise.

Leonard hits game-winner for Spurs

Kawhi Leonard drains a game-winning jump shot with 6.1 seconds left on the clock, as the Spurs beat the Wizards 107-105.


Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The NBA's unofficial blocks leader? Not Anthony Davis. Not Rudy Gobert. Not Hassan Whiteside. It's Boston's Al Horford at 2.9 blocks per game (he doesn't qualify for official league leaders due to lack of games played).

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston's Al Horford on his late-game block on DeMarcus Cousins: "I just stayed solid."


Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The road weary Rockets off to a strong start against the Nuggets. Houston scored a season-high in first quarter points in taking a 42-33 lead. Trevor Ariza, after going 0-7 from 3, last night in Oakland, hit his first two 3s in Denver. Ryan Anderson and Ariza with 11 each.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Wade on LeBron in the Cubs jersey: "I actually thought he looked good. He looked like he could play baseball."