Feb 22, 2015

Rockets blow out Raptors

The Houston Rockets needed a spark against the Toronto Raptors to bounce back from a loss to Dallas in which they were so lethargic that coach Kevin McHale said it looked like they were wearing “mud shoes.” Corey Brewer provided that spark, coming off ...

Harden powers Rockets past Suns

Feb 11, 2015

Harden powers Rockets past Suns

The Houston Rockets blew an early 18-point lead and were down by one after three quarters in Phoenix. Then, as he so often does, James Harden took over. The NBA’s leading scorer got 20 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter and the ...

Warriors run over Rockets

Jan 18, 2015

Warriors run over Rockets

Klay Thompson had a great night offensively on Saturday. More impressive, though, was his work on defense as he limited NBA leading scorer James Harden to just 11 points. Stephen Curry and Thompson, known as the “Splash Brothers,” scored 27 points each and the ...

Garnett head-butts Howard, gets ejected

Jan 13, 2015

Garnett head-butts Howard, gets ejected

Dwight Howard’s face might have been stinging from Kevin Garnett ramming his head into it, and now his ears were ringing as fans directed loud boos toward him. Howard wasn’t tempted to silence them by demanding the ball at the expense of Houston’s offense. ...

Harden, Howard help Rockets cool off Heat

Jan 4, 2015

Harden, Howard help Rockets cool off Heat

The Houston Rockets were so bad on Friday night that coach Kevin McHale talked about retiring. A day later, McHale felt much better. James Harden scored 28 points, Dwight Howard added 23 and the Rockets rolled to a 115-79 win over the Miami Heat ...

Beal, Pierce drive Wizards in win over Rockets

Dec 30, 2014

Beal, Pierce drive Wizards in win over Rockets

With his team under constant assault down the stretch on Monday night, Bradley Beal did what needed to be done: He played with confidence. Beal scored a season-high 33 points, including six free throws in the final two minutes, and the Washington Wizards survived ...

Harden drops 44 on Trail Blazers

Dec 23, 2014

Harden drops 44 on Trail Blazers

James Harden wouldn’t admit he was thinking about last season in Houston’s first game against Portland since the Trail Blazers eliminated the Rockets from the playoffs in the first round. Dwight Howard was certain he was. “I know it’s kind of like a weight ...

Celtics ship out Rondo to Mavs

Dec 19, 2014

Celtics ship out Rondo to Mavs

The Boston Celtics traded point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Thursday night, cutting ties with the last remnant of their last NBA championship while giving Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks a chance at another title. The Celtics will send Rondo and forward Dwight ...

Warriors win 14th straight

Dec 11, 2014

Warriors win 14th straight

Steve Kerr knew he had a lot of expectations on him after taking over a Golden State Warriors team that Mark Jackson led to a 51-win season and back-to-back playoff appearances. In less than two months, Kerr has built on his predecessor’s success and ...

Grizzlies whip rival Rockets

Nov 18, 2014

Grizzlies whip rival Rockets

For a night, the Houston Rockets new defensive mindset was blown up completely, leading to a blowout by the Memphis Grizzlies. Memphis dominated a showdown between the teams with the NBA’s best records, running away from the Rockets in a 119-93 victory on Monday. ...

Warriors beat Rockets to stay unbeaten

Nov 9, 2014

Warriors beat Rockets to stay unbeaten

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr can’t figure out how his team is still undefeated. After a 98-87 victory over the depleted Houston Rockets on Saturday night gave the Warriors their first 5-0 start in 20 years, Kerr laughed about his club’s 26 turnovers. ...