Rockets make it 19 of 20 as Harden leads win

Rockets make it 19 of 20 as Harden leads win

Rockets make it 19 of 20 as Harden leads win

Following the loss of the San Antonio Spurs against the Houston Rockets, the Dubs are once again headed to the playoffs, where they will look to defend the title they won last season and become champions for the third time in four years, according to Michael C. Wright of ESPN.

Another inspirational display from Most Valuable Player front runner James Harden included 28 points, six rebounds and six assists, as the Rockets delighted their home fans to improve to 53-14 at the top of the standings.

The Spurs were led by their bench unit against the Rockets, with rookie Derrick White posting a team-high 14 points, while Bryn Forbes also had 14.

They're fourth in the Eastern Conference, half a game behind third-placed in who edged second-placed Boston 99-97.

The loss saw San Antonio (37-30) fall outside the West play-off positions to 10th and their chances of extending an National Basketball Association record of 18 straight campaigns with at least 50 victories looks to be all but over with 15 games to go.

The Houston Rockets clinched an National Basketball Association playoff berth with a 105-82 rout of the Mavericks in Dallas on Sunday as reigning champions Golden State and the Cleveland Cavaliers both lost. Clint Capela had 13 points and nine rebounds.

The Bucks took the seventh spot after scoring a 121-103 win over the cellar-dwelling Memphis Grizzlies.

Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies with 17 points, while Jarell Martin, Dillon Brooks and Ben McLemore scored 16 apiece.

Khris Middleton had 24 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo 20.

Russell Westbrook stuffed the stat sheet with 17 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, putting him a 99 career triple-doubles. Brandon Jennings finished two rebounds shy of a triple-double, delivering 16 points and 12 assists after signing a 10-day contact on Saturday.

Carmelo Anthony was able to shake off his shooting struggles as he led the Thunder with 21 points on 7-for-14 shooting from the field and 5-for-7 from behind the arc.

And Damian Lillard and Jusuf Nurkic led the way as the Portland Trail Blazers disposed of the Miami Heat 115-99.

The Spurs will enter Monday just one-half game ahead of a three-way tie for eighth, with the Los Angeles Clippers (36-29) now holding the tiebreaker over the Denver Nuggets and the Utah Jazz (both 37-30).

Lillard scored 21 points after halftime. We played very good defense and offensively ... we really got it going in the second half.

Miami was without starting center Hassan Whiteside (hip) and sixth man Dwyane Wade (hamstring).

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