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Harden and Rockets assault the Boston Garden; lose Raptors and win Thunder

Pressing, counts the download Houston .- The inspirador encestadora of the escort James Harden returned to be protagonist in the day of dominical of the NBA that left the important triumph of the Rockets of Houston against the Boston Celtics.

While the Toronto Raptors lost to the Detroit Pistons, the team coached by former coach Dwane Casey and the Oklahoma City Thunder returned to winning ways after suffering four straight losses.

Harden maintained his inspiration and with 42 points, including 6 triples of 18 attempts, he led the attack and the victory of the Rockets that won at home by 104-115 to the decayed Boston Celtics.

The leader encestador of the league, reached the 24 games with at least 42 points so far this season, also contributed seven defensive rebounds, gave four assists, recovered two balls and lost two more before being eliminated in the final stretch of the party by six personnel.

If Harden, the league’s leading scorer, claimed as such, guard Eric Gordon who returned to the team as a starter, also made himself felt with his best touch of the wrist by getting 32 points, including eight triples of 12 attempts, and finished as second top scorer of the Rockets (38-25), who won the fifth consecutive game.

Again, the base Chris Paul asserted his status as leader in the direction of the game and demonstrated by providing a double-double of 15 points, 12 assists, six rebounds and three recoveries of the ball, being the third player of the Rockets that ended the meeting with two-digit numbers.

Base Kyrie Irving with 24 points, nine defensive rebounds and six assists was again the leader of the Celtics’ attack, which had three more players with double-digit numbers.

Among them, the Dominican center Al Horford, who won the individual duel to the Swiss Clint Capela, after concluding the game with 19 points, six rebounds and two assists.

Power forward Blake Griffin contributed 27 points, including 14 in the first quarter, and finished in front of the Pistons attack that defeated in the overtime by 112-107 to the Toronto Raptors, who counted on the absence by rest of the forward star Kawhi Leonard.
Griffin, who also contributed seven rebounds, topped a list of five players, including four starters, who achieved double-digit numbers.

The center Andre Drummond with 15 points and 17 rebounds, including 12 defensive, was again the best player of the Pistons in the area.

In what could have been the advance of the first round of playoffs in the Eastern Conference, equality was always on the scoreboard, and even both teams had the opportunity to have won the game both in regulation time and in extra time.

Base Kyle Lowry finished the game with 35 points – his best of the season -, seven rebounds and five assists, which did not prevent defeat.

The base Russell Westbrook contributed 22 points, including 12 in the fourth period, and was in charge to lead the attack and the comeback of the Thunder that won by 99-95 to the Grizzlies of Memphis and broke the streak of four consecutive defeats.

Westbrook this time did manage the decisive goals of the Thunder (39-24) who remain leaders in the Northwest Division and third in the Western Conference, but tied with the Portland Trail Blazers, who also won 108-118 visitors to the Charlotte Hornets.

Bosnian pivot Jusuf Nurkic was once again the great leader of the Portland Trail Blazers’ attack, achieving a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds, including 12 defensive ones.

Along with Nurkic, who also contributed six assists, recovered two balls and put a stopper, backup guard Rodney Hood emerged as top scorer, sixth player and winning surprise factor to get 27 points – his best mark of the season – after score 9 of 14 field goals, including 3 of 6 triples, and 6-6 from the personnel line.

The rookie guard Landry Shamet showed all the great potential he has by contributing 21 points, after scoring seven triples, and leading the winning attack of Los Angeles Clippers that were easily imposed by 128-107 to the evicted New York Knicks, who reached 50 losses so far this season.

The Clippers’ victory (36-29) was the second consecutive one that consolidates them in seventh place in the Western Conference by beating the San Antonio Spurs, who are now eighth.

The Ukrainian center Alex Len with 28 points, his best record so far this season, nine rebounds and two assists, led the attack of the Atlanta Hawks that won by 118-123 to the Chicago Bulls, in a duel of losing teams of the Eastern Conference.

Power forward Bobby Portis provided a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds that left him in front of the winning attack of the Washington Wizards that prevailed by 135-121 to the Minnesota Timberwolves, in duel of losing teams and without chances of being in the playoffs.

Reserve baseman Jordan Clarkson scored 18 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers’ best scorer, coming from behind in the fourth quarter and completing the comeback with a 107-93 win over the Orlando Magic, who remain leaders in the Southeast Division.
(USA), (EFE)

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