The gimmick defense is rare in the NBA, but not unheard of
Atlanta guard Kevin Huerter saw gimmick defenses throughout high school and college. Box-and-ones, triangle-and-twos and variations thereof, they weren't exactly uncommon for opponents to...
Harden caps preseason with a scoring flourish
MIAMI (AP) — James Harden sure seems in midseason form.
Russell Westbrook isn't there yet.
Harden, the reigning NBA scoring champion, scored 44 points in 35 minutes — 18 of those...
Rockets focused on basketball after fallout from GM’s tweet
HOUSTON (AP) — The Rockets are back home in Houston, looking to leave behind the distractions from their trip to Asia.
Their two games in Japan were overshadowed by the aftermath of a tweet...
D’Antoni: Harden not only MVP, but most improved, too
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston coach Mike D'Antoni thinks James Harden should win a second straight MVP award.
The veteran coach also believes the Beard should take home another award, too.
Rockets eager for another chance at the champion Warriors
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — From coach Mike D'Antoni to his stars James Harden and Chris Paul and all the rest of the Rockets, another chance at the champion Golden State Warriors has been on their...
Harden scores 29 as Rockets rout Jazz 122-90 in Game 1
HOUSTON (AP) — The Utah Jazz tried to force the left-handed James Harden to his right to make things more difficult on him on Game 1 of their first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets...
Harden’s 31 leads Rockets’ 135-103 rout of Clippers
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NBA playoffs are still days away. Tell that to the Houston Rockets, who have their postseason mentality locked in.
James Harden scored 31 points, Chris Paul added 29,...
Harden has 50-point triple-double, Rockets beat Kings
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden and the Houston Rockets knew they'd have to be aggressive Saturday night to counteract the young and fast-paced Sacramento Kings.
Harden’s 38 helps Rockets cruise past Nuggets 112-85
HOUSTON (AP) — Known for their high-powered offense, the Houston Rockets downed the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night with a big defensive performance.
Harden ties career best with 61, Rockets beat Spurs 111-105
HOUSTON (AP) — After James Harden scored 61 more points Friday night to match his career high, Mike D'Antoni was asked the question just about everyone in the NBA is wondering this...
Paul scores 25 to lead Rockets over Wolves 117-102
HOUSTON (AP) — After several less-than-stellar third quarters recently, the Houston Rockets talked at halftime Sunday night about coming out of the break better. And, it was that third-quarter...
Harden’s 41 points lead Rockets over Suns 108-102
HOUSTON (AP) — After the Houston Rockets fought until the end to get a win against the last-place Phoenix Suns on Friday night, coach Mike D'Antoni criticized his team's attention to detail with...
Harden’s 31 points help Rockets past 76ers 107-91
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets are finally healthy and it has them on a roll.
James Harden had 31 points and 10 rebounds and the Rockets extended their winning streak to a season-high...
Rockets buckle down on Walker, beat feisty Hornets 118-113
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni replaced Kenneth Faried in the starting lineup with Eric Gordon on Wednesday night, a move designed to cut down wear and tear on Chris Paul's...
James Harden out for Rockets at Warriors with flu symptoms
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — James Harden is sitting out the Houston Rockets' game against the Golden State Warriors because of flu-like symptoms.
While Harden also has a strained neck, coach Mike...
Harden scores 40 in Rockets’ 103-98 comeback win over Magic
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden had another huge offensive game Sunday night, scoring 40 points in Houston's comeback win over the Orlando Magic.
But it was the point guard's defense that coach Mike D'Antoni raved about after Harden blocked three shots and helped limit Orlando 7-footer Nikola Vucevic to just two points in the second half.
Paul to return for Houston after 17-game absence
HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Paul will return for the Houston Rockets against the Orlando Magic after missing the last 17 games with a strained left hamstring.
The nine-time All-Star has been out since he was injured Dec. 20 in a loss at Miami.
Coach Mike D'Antoni said Paul's minutes will be limited initially and he hopes to keep him somewhere in the mid-20s on Sunday night.
Harden scores 48 points, Rockets beat Lakers 138-134 in OT
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden was the star for the Houston Rockets as usual on Saturday night, but he and the team got a big boost from Eric Gordon in his second game back after recovering from a bruised knee.
Harden scored 48 points, Gordon added 30 and the Rockets overcame a 21-point deficit to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 138-134 in overtime.
Harden’s 43 points, triple-double lead Rockets over Memphis
HOUSTON (AP) — While Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni and James Harden's teammates raved about his latest big game on Monday night, the Beard was busy critiquing himself and pointing out ways he could have played better.
"I did a poor job of just not controlling the basketball, basically giving them transition points by turnovers," he said. "I have to take care of the ball more, but just continue to be aggressive and make plays for my team."
Harden scores 39, leads Rockets past Spurs 108-101
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden took control for the Houston Rockets in the first game of what could be a lengthy period without point guard Chris Paul.
Harden played a bruising 41 minutes and had 39 points, 10 assists, four rebounds and two steals as the Rockets defeated the San Antonio Spurs 108-101 and won for the first time this season without Paul.
Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni was asked where the line is between letting the reigning league MVP carry the team and putting too much on his plate.
Harden’s 47 points lead Rockets over Jazz 102-97
HOUSTON (AP) — Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni has witnessed James Harden have the only 60-point triple-double in NBA history, lead Houston to the Western Conference finals and win his first MVP award.
But what Harden has done for the previously underperforming Rockets in the last three games has topped anything the veteran coach has seen from his superstar player.
Harden’s 50-point triple-double leads Rockets over Lakers
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets were clinging to a lead over the Los Angeles Lakers in the fourth quarter on Thursday night when James Harden told coach Mike D'Antoni he needed to come out for a bit to rest — something the reigning MVP never does.
D'Antoni was perfectly happy to fulfill Harden's request, and the move could not have worked better for the Rockets.
Harden scores 30 as Rockets beat Bulls 121-105
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets aren't where they want to be, but are feeling much better after following a season-high four game skid with consecutive wins, capped by Saturday night's victory over the Chicago Bulls.
James Harden made six 3-pointers and scored 30 points to help the Rockets down the Bulls 121-105.
The victory comes a night after the Rockets ended their losing streak with a win 136-105 win at San Antonio.
Rockets’ Chris Paul out vs. Wizards with sore left leg
WASHINGTON (AP) — Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul was out for Monday night's game against the Washington Wizards with a sore left leg.
It's the second consecutive game Paul has missed. He sat out Saturday's game in Cleveland after playing 37 minutes in an overtime win in Detroit the night before. The Rockets said he was being rested against the Cavaliers.
"We've just got to make sure Chris is 100 percent well from his strained hammy," Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said.
Harden nets 34, Rockets win 4th straight 132-112 over Kings
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's offense continues to improve, and the Rockets keep on winning.
James Harden had 34 points and eight assists, and the Rockets used a big first-half run on the way to their fourth straight victory, a 132-112 win over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.
Harden, who shot 10 of 17 from the field, had 15 points in the third quarter. Chris Paul added 24 points and nine assists, including 18 points in the first half, as the Rockets built a 71-59 halftime lead.
Harden scores 27 as Rockets rout Warriors 107-86
HOUSTON (AP) — For a team with championship hopes, it seems a bit silly for the Houston Rockets to be happy about being .500.
But after the way they started the season, the Rockets took a moment to appreciate their recent progress after a rout of Golden State on Thursday night improved them to 7-7.
James Harden scored 27 points in Houston's 107-86 victory in a rematch of last season's Western Conference finals.
Rockets “parting ways” with 10-time All-Star Anthony
HOUSTON (AP) — Carmelo Anthony is done in Houston.
Rockets general manager Daryl Morey released a statement Thursday saying the team is "parting ways" with Anthony and "working toward a resolution."
Anthony played just 10 games for the Rockets after signing a one-year, $2.4 million deal during the offseason.
Harden out again for Rockets, likely to return Saturday
NEW YORK (AP) — James Harden is missing his third straight game with a strained left hamstring and Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni says he will probably return Saturday.
Harden has worked out without discomfort but the Rockets are playing on back-to-back nights, starting Friday at Brooklyn.
Lillard, Nurkic score 22 each as Blazers rout Rockets 104-85
HOUSTON (AP) — Coach Mike D'Antoni got tired of answering question after question about what's wrong with the Houston Rockets after they were trounced again Tuesday night.
"I can sit up here and talk for the next five minutes, but we're not playing well. That's the bottom line," he said. "And we've got to figure out why and do a better job."
Damian Lillard and Jusuf Nurkic scored 22 points each, and the Portland Trail Blazers never trailed in a 104-85 rout of the struggling Rockets.
NBA suspends Ingram, Rondo, Paul in Lakers-Rockets dustup
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lakers teammates Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul of the Rockets were suspended without pay Sunday for an on-court fight, with Paul taking the heaviest financial hit.
Ingram was suspended four games, Rondo will sit out three games and Paul two games. The NBA handed down the punishments a day after the incident in the fourth quarter at Staples Center.
’Melo joins Rockets for Houston’s latest bid to win title
HOUSTON (AP) — The Carmelo Anthony experiment in Oklahoma City didn't go well last season.
The Rockets believe things will be different for the 10-time All-Star in Houston and that Anthony can be the piece stars James Harden and Chris Paul need to win the rugged West — and maybe win it all.
"We can win. I think he sees that, feels that," coach Mike D'Antoni said. "Now it's just up to everybody (and) they're going to do whatever it takes to win."
Anthony looking to make basketball fun again in Houston
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Through the first week of camp with the Houston Rockets, all indications are that Carmelo Anthony will be OK coming off the bench if that's the role coach Mike D'Antoni gives him.
That doesn't mean the 10-time All-Star wants to discuss it.
"I don't like talking about it," Anthony said Saturday before the team's last practice at McNeese State before returning to Houston. "People always been speculating. They always speculate so I will continue not to talk about it."
Harden scores 36, surpasses 15,000, as Rockets beat Nets
NEW YORK (AP) — That's 15,000 points for James Harden, with plenty more to come the way these Houston Rockets can run it up.
Harden scored 36 points, reaching a milestone along the way, and the Rockets beat the Brooklyn Nets 123-113 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.
Chris Paul added 25 points for the Rockets, who kept right on rolling in their first game since their nationally televised romp in Cleveland on Saturday.
Harden leads Rockets to 113-102 victory over Suns
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden wasn't sure if Houston's first afternoon game of the season was to blame for the Rockets' lack of energy.
"I don't know, but it was pretty ugly," Harden said. "We won, but it wasn't pretty."
Harden had 27 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Rockets to a 113-102 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday. Harden fell two assists shy of his third triple-double of the season.
D’Antoni to coach Team Stephen in NBA All-Star Game
NEW YORK (AP) — Houston coach Mike D'Antoni will lead Team Stephen in the NBA All-Star Game.
D'Antoni and his staff earned coaching honors Friday when the Rockets clinched the best winning percentage in the Western Conference through games of Feb. 4 among eligible coaches. Golden State's Steve Kerr is ineligible because he coached in the game last year.
D'Antoni has led the Rockets to a 34-13 record, second in the league to Golden State's 39-10.
The NBA has spoken to Clippers star Blake Griffin as well as other players from the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles as part of its investigation into late-game and postgame incidents involving the teams.
Tempers boiled over Monday night late in the Clippers' 113-102 victory , to the point where several security guards were needed outside the Houston locker room afterward.
Rockets’ Harden back at practice after 2 1/2 weeks
HOUSTON (AP) — Rockets guard James Harden returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured Dec. 31 against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Harden, who is coming back from a strained left hamstring, stepped onto the court, nailed a couple of corner 3-pointers and got quickly into the flow of warmups.
Beasts lineup boasts some of Tri-State’s premier teams
CHESAPEAKE, Ohio — Fans of high school basketball can receive a tremendous treat Saturday by going to the Beasts of the Southeast event Saturday at Chesapeake High School.
The all-boys field for the event is stellar.
"A lot of work goes into it," Chesapeake head coach and Athletic Director Ryan Davis said. "We're already almost full for next year."
Rockets win without Harden, routing Magic 116-98
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — James Harden's strained left hamstring figures to be a problem for the Houston Rockets. It wasn't a big deal Wednesday night against the Orlando Magic.
Gerald Green scored a season-high 27 points, Clint Capela had 21 points and eight rebounds and the Rockets (27-9) got by without the NBA scoring leader in routing the Magic 116-98.
Paul helps Rockets to 148-142 win over Lakers in double OT
HOUSTON (AP) — With James Harden in the locker room with a hamstring injury and the Houston Rockets desperate to end their losing streak, Chris Paul came to the rescue.
Harden scored 40 points before leaving with the injury late in the fourth quarter, and Paul scored 15 of his 28 points in overtime as the Rockets snapped a five-game skid with a 148-142 double-overtime win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.
Chris Paul returns to Houston lineup after missing 3 games
WASHINGTON (AP) — Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul is scheduled to play Friday night against the Washington Wizards after missing three games with a strained groin, coach Mike D'Antoni said.
The Rockets, who have lost four straight, are 15-1 with Paul in the lineup and 10-7 without him.
D'Antoni said Houston doesn't turn the ball over as much with Paul in the lineup and his return alleviates some of the pressure on the league's leading scorer, James Harden.
Rockets guard Chris Paul will miss game against Thunder
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul will sit out Monday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder because of a groin injury.
Houston coach Mike D'Antoni made the announcement before the game.
The Rockets are 15-1 when Paul plays and 10-5 when he doesn't. He averages 17.1 points, 9.0 assists and 5.4 rebounds.
Paul also missed Houston's Dec. 22 game against the Los Angeles Clippers. He had an intense workout before Monday's game, but it was determined he wasn't ready to go.
Watson knows how to play
HUNTINGTON — NBA Houston Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni gave a thumbs up to Rondale Watson after the junior's Marshall Thundering Herd men's basketball debut Tuesday night.
Paul leads Rockets over Hornets 108-96 for 11th straight win
HOUSTON (AP) — With the way Mike D'Antoni has handled Houston's rotation lately, there are times nine-time All-Star Chris Paul is left to run Houston's offense against second-team defenses.
That combination proved the difference on Wednesday night when Paul led the Rockets to a huge run in the first half that helped them extend their NBA-best winning streak to 11 games with a 108-96 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.
James Harden scores 48 points, Rockets win 9th in row
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The NBA's hottest team has found a home on the road.
Houston won its ninth consecutive game after James Harden scored 48 points and the Rockets rallied from 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 124-117 on Saturday night.
The Rockets, who trailed for most of the game, won their eighth consecutive road game, running their season road record to 12-1. It is Houston's best road start since the 1996-97 season.
Harden, Rockets score 90 in 1st half and rout Suns 142-116
PHOENIX (AP) — James Harden looked up at the halftime totals Thursday night and couldn't believe what he saw, despite how well he and the Houston Rockets had shot the ball.
"I thought there was something wrong with the score," he said.
There wasn't. Harden scored 23 of his 48 points in the second quarter and the Rockets put up 90 in the first half on the way to a 142-116 rout of the Phoenix Suns.
Rockets guard Chris Paul set to return against Suns
PHOENIX (AP) — Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul is set for his return from a left knee injury Thursday night against the Phoenix Suns.
Paul has missed 14 of Houston's 15 games, with the Rockets winning 10 without him. The nine-time All-Star was getting stretched out in a side room near the visitors' locker room about an hour and 40 minutes before Thursday's tipoff.
Rockets’ Chris Paul expected to return Thursday v. Suns
HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Paul is expected to return for the Houston Rockets on Thursday night after missing all but one game this season with a bruised left knee.
The point guard, who is in his first year with the Rockets after a trade from the Clippers, returned to practice on Wednesday. Coach Mike D'Antoni says the plan is for him to start on Thursday when Houston visits the Phoenix Suns.
Harden, Rockets scorch Hawks in first half of 119-104 win
ATLANTA (AP) — The Houston Rockets overwhelmed the woeful Atlanta Hawks with fast-break baskets and 3-point shooting.
James Harden scored 21 of his 29 points in Houston's high-scoring first half, and the Rockets handed the Hawks their eighth straight loss with a 119-104 victory Friday night.
The Rockets scored 28 fast-break points, almost doubling their previous high of 15.
Harden has 31, Rockets win again in NY, 119-97 over Knicks
NEW YORK (AP) — The struggles stopped for the Houston Rockets once they got to New York.
Nothing gets the Rockets right like a game in an arena where they keep on winning.
"You're in the Garden man, you got to bring it," James Harden said. "The lights are on, so guys played well."
Harden had 31 points and nine assists, and the Rockets had their 3-pointers falling again in a 119-97 victory over the Knicks on Wednesday night.