Rockets have the 29th-most difficult schedule, while the Grizzlies (17th), Warriors (15th) + Spurs (11th) have played tougher competition.
The Rockets now have 19 straight wins over Eastern Conference teams at home.
Need to correct a stat. Harden scored or set up the Rockets' final 19 pts, scoring 12 and passing to Motiejunas for 2 layups, Ariza for a 3.
Rockets were in good spirits in the locker room. Harden seems to entertain himself by saying the word "Papanikolaou".
Another win! WAY TO GO ROCKETS!
McHale credited Ariza for sparking the Rockets with about 7 minutes left: "I thought Trevor really amped up the defense a lot."
Really odd ending to Knick game, which they lose, 91-86, in HOU. Melo exited in 2Q with back spasms. Marks team's 10th straight L to Rockets
That's 12 straight points scored by James Harden. Rockets have put this one away because of him.
Harden scored or set up all 16 Rockets points in the final 6 ½ minutes. Rockets went from down 3 to up 9.
Harden milks some clock, isolates, drives, gets fouled. He makes both free throws. Rockets are up seven, 89-82 w/ 1:13 left. Big play.
Harden hitting 3's, making great passes, now going to the line. He's made all the difference. "MVP" chants begin. 87-82 Rockets, 3:07 left.
Rockets down by 1, thanks to a couple of nice Trevor Ariza plays, his 3 and a D-Mo shot.
Ariza hits a big three, picks two steals, then D-Mo scores inside and the Rockets are within one, 78-77, 6:34 left.
Rockets up to 17 tos, 11 in 2nd half w/ 8:50 still left. Offense awful when Harden is out, and he faces loads of defenders most possessions.
Turnovers killing the Rockets. Can't go without Harden any longer. 78-72 Knicks, 8:50 left.
Knicks now have their biggest lead, up on Rockets 78-72 with 8:50 left to play in the game.
Rockets, Knicks tied at 69 after 3, pending review of Wear jumper at shot clock. Rockets 8 tos in 3rd. Harden with 10 in q, teammates 8.
Knicks just flat outplaying the Rockets since Carmelo left. Tied at 69 heading to the fourth. Harden has 24 to lead Houston.
If Rockets win this one, Dorsey will get all kinds of crap for missing that dunk. Dwight, bench already looks ready to give it to him.
In nine possessions to start the second half, the Rockets have taken 1 shot inside the arc, an airball. Have taken 3 3s and had 5 tos.
Rockets open the second half with turnover, turnover, turnover. Knicks run up to 13-0 and lead, 52-51.
Shane Larkin starts the second half in a backcourt with Calderon. Shumpert moves to the 3. Canaan is back for the Rockets.
Rockets were pulling away, up 12 after Melo left. Knicks end half on 7-0 run. Rockets up 51-46.
HALF: Rockets 51, Knicks 46. Knicks made a late run to trim Houston's 12-pt lead to 5. Harden has 14. Melo left the game with an injury.
Rockets take their biggest lead of the night with a Francisco Garcia 3-pointer. They lead 39-30.