Jenny Dial Creech

Rockets get the second seed with the Spurs loss- Rockets will face in-state rival Dallas in the first round of the playoffs.

David Hardisty

OFFICIAL: The @Houston Rockets have won the division for the first time since 1993-94 and are the West's #2 seed! rockets.clutchfans.net/8434/houston-r…

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets switch the New Orleans-San Antonio game on to the big screen. Pels up 8 with 29 seconds left.

Howard Chen

Toyota Center just put the Spurs/Pelicans game on the big screen. #nicelydone #RedNation

Jenny Dial Creech

Rockets handle business, beat Utah, earn home court advantage for first round.

Calvin Watkins

Harden had 16 points by the way.

Jenny Dial Creech

Final in Houston: Rockets win 117-91 over Jazz, clinch homeport advantage.

David Hardisty

FINAL: Rockets 117, Jazz 91. Rockets finish 56-26, their third-best season ever, and clinch home-court in the 1st round.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets 117, Jazz 91. Rockets 56-26 regular-season third-best in franchise history.

Howard Chen

#Rockets win 117-91. Time to watch the final minute of the Pelicans/Spurs game. Pelicans up 7 in the final minute. #GoForTwoooooo

Jonathan Feigen

Looks like the Pelicans will hold on. Lead by 7 with 56 seconds left.

Howard Chen

Different facial areas have been highlighted this year in the NBA. There's the Most Valuable Beard. The Most Valuable Brow. #Harden #ADavis

Calvin Watkins

This game is so bad, the scouts have left.

Howard Chen

K-J McDaniels elevates for a dunk. It brings a smile through that Harden beard. #RedNation

Howard Chen

Pelicans hanging on, hanging on so far. Lead Spurs by 11 with under 5 minutes left.

David Hardisty

James Harden will finish one three-pointer away from tying the franchise record for made triples in a season (Aaron Brooks, 209 in 2009-10).

David Hardisty

Gregg Popovich can't resist hacking Rocket centers. He's putting Asik on the line intentionally every time down. 90-83 NO, 6:20 left.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets, by the way, have all four rookies on the floor. Capela replaced Prigioni. Dorsey in at center to provide adult supervision.

Jonathan Feigen

Pels lead fading fast. Spurs within five.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets fillling the floor with rookies. Papanikolaou, Johnson and McDaniels in, likely for the last time until Las Vegas.

David Hardisty

The Spurs were down by 20+. They are now within five, 8:00 left in the game.

Howard Chen

Spurs within 7 with 8 minutes left...

Calvin Watkins

The Rockets lead, 98-68. The Jazz have never led.

Howard Chen

This is important playing time for the #Rockets on the floor right now. For some of them, this could be their last minutes bfor next season.

Howard Chen

Spurs refuse to go away, cut into the Pelicans lead to single digits.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets up 93-60 after 3. Had led by 39. Pels, however, fading fast in New Orleans. Spurs within eight.

David Hardisty

Unless the Rockets get outscored by 34 points in the fourth quarter, they can start prepping to host Game 1 this weekend.

Calvin Watkins

Harden finished with a triple-double. 16 Pts, 11 Rebs., 10 assts,. Fourth time this season.

David Hardisty

TRIPLE-DOUBLE for Harden: 16 pts, 11 reb, 10 asts. It's his 4th of the year, tying him with Hakeem Olajuwon for franchise high in a season.

Howard Chen

Harden exits the game after getting the triple double to loud cheers and chants of "MVP." #RedNation

Calvin Watkins

Standing O with MVP chant as Harden leaves with 1:38 left in 3.

Jonathan Feigen

Nick Johnson in for James Harden who leaves to a standing ovation.

Calvin Watkins

It's so bad here Joey Dorsey is about to check in and I doubt if Howard and Harden will play in the fourth.

Jenny Dial Creech

Rockets are flat out taking care of their business tonight.

Jonathan Feigen

Harden has his triple double. Should be done for the night soon. Has 16p, 11r, 10a with 1:38 left in third, Rockets up 27.

Howard Chen

Harden triple double to end the regular season. #BeardFate #BeardNation #Bearding #BeardBeardBeard

Jenny Dial Creech

Triple-double for Harden - 16 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists

David Hardisty

New Orleans is up by 11 points over the Spurs as the two teams head to the fourth quarter. You have to think it will be close in the end.

Howard Chen

This #Rockets game is getting so out of hand that I kinda just want them to feed it for Capela every time down for dunks from here on out.

Jonathan Feigen

Grant Jerrett in for the Jazz, proving Grant Jerrett is not a NASCAR driver.

Jonathan Feigen

Harden closing in on a triple down, but with Rockets up 35 midway through third, he might not be getting much more time.

Howard Chen

The entire replay of this game broadcast later tonight will be pretty much a #Rockets highlight fest.

Calvin Watkins

I don't think James Harden cares about the scoring title, so much.

Howard Chen

Spurs back to within 12...

Jonathan Feigen

At halftime, the Jazz have one more point than Russell Westbrook has in the first half against the Timberwolves.

David Hardisty

Elijah Millsap was getting physical with the defense and Harden just shook him to end the half. vine.co/v/ezWpX65JuHB

Calvin Watkins

Rockets with 11 blocks. The season high is 13.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets have not won a division championship since 1993-94. They remember that season fondly for other reasons.

Howard Chen

Soooooo on this pace, the #Rockets are gonna win by 60? Hahahhaha Houston's up THIRTY at the half, 65-35. 5 Rockets on pace for 15+ pts.

Calvin Watkins

Harden with 14, Smith has 13 and Brewer adds 10. Rockets shooting 51.1 percent.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets 65, Jazz 35 at halftime. Pels up 16 on Spurs in New Orleans. Again, if Rockets win, Spurs lose, Rockets-Mavs in 1st round.

Howard Chen

Of COURSE that's how the 1st half ends. Harden freezes the defender w his handles, then steps back and nails the 3. #Bearding

Calvin Watkins

At the break the Rockets handling their business with a 65-35 lead over the Jazz.

Howard Chen

The ball movement tonight. Crisp. Smooth. Not sticky. #Rockets

David Hardisty

I've heard many ask when was the last time the Rockets just blew out the opponent. They're up by 32, 1:29 left 2Q.

Calvin Watkins

Rockets with 15 assists to five for the Jazz.

Calvin Watkins

Every Rockets player that's played has a + something on the box score.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets absolutely crushing Jazz. Have nine blocked shots with 2:41 left in half. Season high is 13. Lead 55-30.

Calvin Watkins

After two blocks on the same possession, Corey Brewer gets a dunk and the Jazz need time. It's 55-30 at Toyota Center.

David Hardisty

The Rockets are blocking EVERYTHING right now. They came to play tonight. 55-30 Houston!

Howard Chen

#Rockets up 25. Pelicans up 19. All is good in #RedNation right now.

Jenny Dial Creech

The Rockets are playing like they want that 2-seed… and so far the Spurs are helping them out.

Calvin Watkins

Houston with nine blocks this evening.

Jonathan Feigen

Pelicans up 18, 5:11 left in first half. Spurs pissed Russell Westbrook would not say he was a Spurs fan for the night.That'll teach him.

Howard Chen

Just noticed Jack Cooley on the floor for the Jazz. He was a solid part of the #Rockets Summer League squad a few years back.

Jonathan Feigen

Probably depends on matchups. But there was a reason I asked McHale about it. blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket… twitter.com/TSchoppsSports…

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets,looking like they'll finish regular season the way it began, blowing this one open early. Lead by 20.

David Hardisty

No matter where Rockets end up tonight, the best playoff news they've gotten is that Dwight Howard looks absolutely terrific. 44-26 Rockets.

Howard Chen

Josh Smith 3-4 so far from long distance. #Rockets

Calvin Watkins

Make that 44-24, Josh Smith just hit a 3.

Calvin Watkins

Rockets with their largest lead of the night, 41-24.

Jonathan Feigen

Jazz list Bryce Cotton at 6-1. Also, I'm at my high school weight.

Jonathan Feigen

Want to know why Jazz have been so good (besides defense, coaching and stuff) with nothing at stake? Gobert is absolutely fuming right now.

Calvin Watkins

I know you guys care but I was told Clint Capela is the best Rockets player on FIFA 15. Trevor Ariza told me that today. Rockets up 37-22.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets executing offensively phenomenally well against an outstanding D. But need their 3-pt touch (2 of 8 so far) going by the weekend.

Howard Chen

#Rockets up 31-20 after 1Q. Shooting 55% and holding the Jazz to 33%. That's usually a good combo.

Calvin Watkins

Jazz shooting 33.3 percent from the floor. Derrick Favors leads with the Big Five Points.

David Hardisty

Pelicans have jumped out to a 34-19 lead after one quarter against San Antonio.

Calvin Watkins

Josh Smith with a long three. He was one of the first players on the floor before the game warming up. Taking plenty of three.

Jonathan Feigen

One of nice things about Harden's growth is that when he breaks ankles, as he just did, does not force shot for highlight. Willing to pass.

David Hardisty

Jason Terry goes behind the back on the break to Ariza for the slam. vine.co/v/ezWeaXx7x0Z

Calvin Watkins

Trevor Booker (right knee) might not play tonight. He was scheduled to participate but ... hey it happens.

Jonathan Feigen

Jazz F Trevor Booker questionable to play with right knee tendinitis.

Howard Chen

Capela scored, and it wasn't a dunk. Amazing. #RedNation

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets coach Kevin McHale's confidence in rookie Clint Capela growing blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Calvin Watkins

Terrence Jones has looked pretty active the last three games. Looks like he's found a groove since he's returned from a collapsed lung.

Calvin Watkins

This Rudy Gobert kid is really going to be good.

Howard Chen

Actually, Capela's the first guy off the #Rockets bench tonight.

Jenny Dial Creech

Clint Capela getting some first quarter minutes. He did in Charlotte, too, when Howard was out.

Jonathan Feigen

Capela checks in for Howard. Hmmmm. I asked McHale about that. Said he is more comfortable w/ Capela's understanding of schemes, coverages.

Howard Chen

Capela in the ballgame at the 5:45 mark of the 1st quarter. #Rockets

David Hardisty

Here comes Clint Capela... in the first quarter. Good sign.

Jonathan Feigen

Spurs, Pelicans tied at 12. I'd say, it's too close to call at this point. #scoreboardwatching

David Hardisty

Dwight Howard, who missed the last game vs Utah, is making all the difference early. 3-4 FG for 6 points, 3 reb and 2 blocks. 13-4 HOU.

Calvin Watkins

We have six blocks in this game with 7:08 to play in the first quarter.

Jonathan Feigen

Interesting matchup Terry vs. Exum. Terry has socks older than the Jazz rookie point guard.

Calvin Watkins

Terrence Jones just blocked the 7-1 Rudy Gobert, who blocked Dwight Howard earlier.