Maybe Rockets center Clint Capela was on to something.
The Rockets used some late-game heroics Monday night from guards James Harden and Chris Paul to defeat a tough Heat team in Houston, 99-90.
Harden broke an 88-88 tie with a 29-foot 3-pointer at the 3:06 mark, and he and Paul later hit contested jumpers inside the arc to seal the win for the Rockets (33-12).
Harden finished with 28 points, and Paul and Eric Gordon added 16 apiece.
Ricky Rubio had twice as many turnovers (four) as points (two) in the Utah’s 104-90 loss to the Hawks. He hit only one of his eight shots from the floor.
The Bulls and Pelicans had a strange finish to regulation in New Orleans. The Pelicans were headed for the win until Bulls guard Justin Holiday got fouled on a shot he didn’t get off before the buzzer. But after Holiday tied the game with two of three free throws, watch how close Pelicans star Anthony Davis came to winning the game on a full-court heave.
Cavaliers (27-18) at Spurs (30-18) at 8 p.m. ET — Remember how the Cavaliers went on a tear most of November and December, winning 18 of 19? Since that hot streak ended, they’ve dropped 10 of 14. That’s a perfect illustration of how Cavs have either been very good or bad this season, so who knows which team will show up in San Antonio. LeBron is seven points away from 30,000 career points but it’s the Spurs who are looking to rev up their offense with young point guard Dejounte Murray now starting in place of veteran Tony Parker.
Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith have been identified as potential make-weights in any proposed deal.
Jordan, 29, is averaging 11.8 points and 14.9 rebounds per game. The Cavs have struggled in the paint this season, so Jordan’s physical presence and elite rebounding could eradicate that weakness.
Williams, also with the Clippers, is averaging 23.2 points per game this season after scoring 50 in a game earlier this month. He is a proven elite scorer off the bench or in the starting lineup.
But plays like this make it clear how long he still has to go:
It would be nice for Adebayo to develop into the type of big man who can attack mismatches in the post, but it won’t necessarily prevent him from reaching his full potential as an offensive player it he doesn’t.