Harden lifts Rockets past Celtics

After a chat Kyrie Irving gives homeless man in Houston a wad of cash

James Harden and Clint Capela are the key players to be watched for Houston Rockets whereas Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum are key players for Boston Celtics. Robert Williams missed the game with a sore left leg. Al Horford had 15 points, and Smart scored 11.

Houston Rockets: James Harden (calf) is expected to play. Eric Gordon scored 20 points for Houston, which shot 48 percent while improving to a season-high four games above.500.

The Rockets made 18 of their total 45 3-pointers, which were six more than their opposing team. The 388 points scored over his last 10 games is the highest for any 10-game stretch since Kobe Bryant in 2007. Harden has scored at least 35 points in six straight games, the longest streak since Carmelo Anthony had six straight in April 2013. He's averaging a league-best 32.3 points as well as 8.4 assists in 36.7 minutes per game this season.

Harden led the way with 45 points and six assists, as his new teammate and former Duke Blue Devil Austin Rivers came off the bench to provide 10 points, four rebounds, and three assists. In the last five games, the Boston Celtics have won two games and lost three games. They are now ranked 19th league wise in terms of 3-point effectiveness. Each player was called for a technical, then Kanter was called for a second.

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