James Harden: Rockets are catching 'a rhythm at flawless time'

James Harden: Rockets are catching 'a rhythm at flawless time'

James Harden: Rockets are catching 'a rhythm at flawless time'

Serious questions are being asked about the Celtics as they continue to struggle.

Harden led Houston with 45 points and Irving led Boston with 23 points.

Harden cooked both Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum as he punched in a stepback three-pointer en route to finishing with 42 points, his 24th 40-point output of the season.

"We're still in fifth place with an opportunity to climb even higher".

LAST 10 GAMES: Rockets: 7-3, averaging 117 points, 39.7 rebounds, 21.8 assists, 10.3 steals and 4.7 blocks per game while shooting 45.3 percent from the field.

"It feels really, really good to kind of have a full roster and catch a rhythm", Harden said. "We winning, guys know their roles, we're executing defensively, we're helping each other out, we're talking. That's all it's about". Houston is 19-9 when Harden, Paul and Capela all play, including 5-1 since the All-Star break.

The Celtics rallied behind their reserves, with Jaylen Brown posting 15 points and six rebounds off the bench to lead the charge.

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Boston earned its first victory since the All-Star break on Friday night against Washington. They've lost five of their last six games, but they are 6-0 without Kyrie Irving dating back to mid-January, lending further credence to the notion that Boston's best player might now be doing more harm than good.

Horford said he couldn't point to just one thing as the main culprit of their issues right now.

Things don't get any easier for Boston, which plays its next four on the road.

The win took the Clippers (36-29) to seventh in the west while the Knicks have lost 50 games this season.

In Detroit, Blake Griffin scored 14 of his 27 points in the first quarter and the Pistons outlasted Toronto. He also made a personal-best five 3-pointers.

Trae Young scored 18 before getting ejected early in the third quarter after taunting Chicago's Kris Dunn for his second technical foul.

Russell Westbrook scored 22 points, including two big shots in the closing stretch, to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a comeback 99-95 home win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

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