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Dwight Howard in a walking boot. McHale was unsure about whether Howard will be out.
Harden at the buzzer. Jumper from 20 feet. Rockets 113-111.
HARDEN AT THE BUZZER! GAME OVER!!!!
Bad, bad foul by Joey Dorsey, and the Phoenix Suns have tied it. Rockets ball, 16.6 sec left.
Morris rolls in his free throw. Tie game with 16.6 left.
Rockets did everything possible to take away 3-pointers. Instead, Dorsey fouled Markieff Morris as he put in a layup.
James Harden makes a pair of free throws, putting the Rockets up three with 26 ticks left.
Suns quickly put Harden on the line. He made 1 of previous two. Is 12 of 15 for the night.
The Rockets led 102-86 with 6:11 left. It's now 109-108 Houston with 27.2 sec left. Not the first time this has happened late.
Rockets were taking away the 3-point line, allowing Bledsoe to get to rim. He missed but Marcus Morris put in rebound. One-pt gm, 27.2 left.
Suns went on a 14-2 run before the Rockets finally got a basket by Harden (28 points). Rockets now lead 106-100, 1:25 left.
Rockets had their largest lead of the game midway through the fourth. Suns ansewer with a 9-0 run, are back with 7 with 4:17 left.
This has been Donatas Motiejunas' quarter: He's 4-4 from the field for 8 points and a steal in the period. 102-88 Rockets, 5:46 left.
Jason Terry gives Papanikolaou a pep talk and a smack on the butt. McHale sticking with him for a few more minutes.
Harden had an open 3. Passed instead to a wide open Papanikolaou to try to get him going. Didn't work. Next time down, set up Ariza instead.
Rockets will take a 10-point lead into fourth. Harden with 7a in the third. Still think Rockets will need something from Motiejunas inside.
Rockets take a 10-point lead to the fourth, up 87-77. Harden has 24, 9 assists, 5 boards. Brewer, JSmith each with 14 off the bench.
Josh Smith up to six turnovers. Rest of the Rockets with five.
Pat Beverley is having one of his best games in awhile. Besides 12 points and four assists, strong defense against outstanding Suns guards.
Despite the early turnovers, Josh Smith is having a strong game. He's now 7-10 from the field for 14 points.
Dragic bumped official Scott Wall. Automatic T. Dragic takes a seat.
Rockets give up three layups in a little over a minute. McHale gets an early time out. Rockets seem to be missing some rim protection.
Tucker picked up a T in first minute of the half and Hornacek benched him. Marcus Morris matched up with Harden.
Dragic visits with Motiejunas and now Harden at halftime. Working on Rockets' goal of all lefty lineup?
James Harden just completely smoked PJ Tucker with a crossover, threw down a dunk and landed on Tucker's back. 60-52 Rockets at half.
P.J. Tucker's defense is no joke, but Harden burned him badly to end the half with a drive and dunk. Harden with 18. Rockets up 60-52.
With Josh Smith collecting turnovers, Motiejunas in foul trouble, Papanikolaou checks in at power forward. Matched up with Tucker.
This is shaping up as a night McHale would love to point at Terrence Jones and tell him to get in there. Likely soon.
Suns' shortcomings are rim protection, defensive rebounding. With Howard out, Motiejunas in foul trouble, Rockets lose much of that edge.
With Howard out, Motiejunas picks up his third foul with nine minutes left in half. Smith back in with Dorsey.
Dwight Howard is out mfor the night with a sprained right ankle.
Rockets up 32-24 after 1. Harden, who has had loads of trouble with PJ Tucker's D past 2 years, is 1 of 5, but has missed a few good looks,
Good to see the Rockets bounce back like this. Strong offensive first quarter (54.2% FG, 4-6 3P) has Houston up 32-24 after one.
Dwight Howard rolled his right ankle on this rebound attempt and left the game walking with a limp. http://t.co/rIoRdxfpOv
Howard turned his right ankle. Looked like he wanted to talk about it, but when he did not take a seat on bench, headed to the back.
Dwight Howard doubled over, asked to come out. Heads to locker room.
After starting the game 1-7 from the field, the Rockets have hit seven of their last eight shots. 21-18 Rockets.
Rockets were 1 of 7 when Dwight took his second 3 of the season to beat the shot clock. Got a shooter's roll for his 3-pointer.
Not that the Rockets are having trouble getting good looks, but Dwight Howard's 3-pointer was probably their best shot so far. Run it again.
Rockets added James Harden to the injury report with a bruised left knee. He's probable to play vs. Suns tonight.
Among frontcourt players in West, Dwight Howard was 8th. (He was 3rd among centers, though they're no longer specified on ballot.)
Me and a little one built a bear today ..
Besides, since NBA lets fan balloting choose starters and teams make it a weird marketing challenge, reminds it's a meaningless exhibition.
Kerr could choose to keep his backcourt together. Could prefer Thompson. Or could just pick his own player. He earned that power.
Kerr last night: "Harden's been probably one of the best players in the league. He and Klay are the two best shooting guards in the West."
Once again, if Bryant cannot play, the coach (Steve Kerr) will choose a starter; the commissioner would replace him on roster.
No changes in Western Confernece balloting. Kobe Bryant, Steph Curry in backcourt. Anthony Davis, Marc Gasol, Blake Griffin in frontcourt.
Did I hear that right? All Stars "shed their Earthly personas?" Wow. Should I ask about that? Do you plan to shed your Earthly persona?"
Of course, apparently none of everything that's happened this year will sway the owners' confidence in the competence of Roger Goodell.
Replacing Bryant on the All Star roster if necessary is commissioner's call. Will have choice of worthy guards after coaches pick reserves.
Timetable on Kobe likely tomorrow or Saturday. Rockets in LA on Sunday. Harden replaced Bryant as All Star starter last year, could again.
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2500 for what??
Actually, I imagine players say stuff a whole lot worse about opponents in pregame huddles than they should not get swept by them.
FINAL: Warriors 126, Rockets 113. Harden's 33, late bench surge only bright spots. Rockets will need to make improvements to hang w/ GS.
K never mind. Warriors gonna sweep.
Thompson 3 and Speight dunks sends everyone home. Warriors have top two scoring games against Rockets this season.