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HOUSTON - The Houston Rockets have the NBAs second-best record, and dont even have All-Star Dwight Howard and several key pieces.Once we get our full team back and ready to go, were going to be a problem, James Harden said.Trevor Ariza and Pat Beverley each scored 19 points to lead the Rockets to their fourth straight victory, 100-95 over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night.Houston improved to 16-4 by winning for the seventh time in the nine games Howard (knee strain) has been out.The Rockets got a boost off the bench with the return of Beverley, who had missed the last six games with a hamstring injury.We dont win that game unless Pat plays, coach Kevin McHale said. He made some big 3s and got some huge offensive rebounds. We were really struggling. We were running out of gas.The Rockets never trailed and led by as many as 22 points. The Suns used an 8-2 run, capped by a tip-in by PJ Tucker, to cut the lead to 97-93 with 21 seconds remaining.But Beverley made three free throws after that to make it 100-93 and Houston held on for the win.Eric Bledsoe led the Suns with 23 points.We outplayed them in the second half, but you cant get down 20 at the half, Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek said.Donatas Motiejunas continued his recent strong play with 16 points and 11 rebounds for his career-best fourth straight game scoring at least 10. Harden had 15 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.Gerald Green added 16 points for the Suns and Tucker had 15.Phoenix used an 11-2 run get within 92-85 with about 3 1/2 minutes remaining. Beverley scored Houstons first field goal in more than 7 minutes with a 3-pointer about a minute later.The Suns cut the lead to nine points early in the fourth quarter before Houston scored six straight points, powered by a 3-pointer by Beverley, to make it 86-71. Harden sat out for the first five minutes of the quarter to stretch his back after falling hard to the court on a 3-point attempt at the end of the third.He said his motion was limited late by tightness in his back, but that hed be OK.Jason Terry gave Houston its first points in almost five minutes with a jump shot midway through the third quarter and Beverley made a 3-pointer after a tip-in by Tucker to make it 68-51.A 3-pointer by Alex Len cut the lead to 80-67 at the end of the period.The Rockets got off to a hot start, shooting 63.6 per cent in the first quarter to just under 29 per cent for Phoenix, to take a 35-18 lead. Markieff Morris had the toughest time in that period, going 0 for 7.Green scored four quick points to start an 11-2 spurt which got the Suns within 43-31 midway through the quarter. The Rockets scored seven straight points soon after that to pad the lead and were up 60-41 at halftime.When we struggle to maintain one-on-one defence early and give up easy baskets … were just not going to win most of those, Tucker said.TIP-INSSuns: G Isaiah Thomas missed his sixth straight game with a right ankle injury. Hornacek said hes feeling better and that he could return on Monday. … Saturday was the first time in four games that Goran Dragic hasnt led the team in scoring. He had 13 points on Saturday.Rockets: McHale said that Howard along with G Isaiah Canaan (ankle sprain), F Terrence Jones (left leg nerve inflammation) and F Kostas Papanikolaou (knee strain) wont be coming back anytime soon…. Francisco Garcia left the game in the first half with a sore right leg and didnt return.NO REST FOR ARIZA: McHale hoped to rest Ariza a bit on Saturday, but ended up playing him more than 43 minutes. The outing came a night after he played almost 44 minutes in an overtime win against Minnesota.McHale said hes done a terrible job and finding spots to rest Ariza because he relies on him so much as the teams best defender.UP NEXTSuns: At Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.Rockets: At Golden State on Wednesday. Seattle Mariners Jerseys . – Coyotes coach Dave Tippett thinks of one thing when he watches Eastern Conference teams struggle against Western opponents before they get to Phoenix: His team must keep pace. Kyle Seager Jersey . Coming off a 6-0 drubbing at Chelsea on Saturday, Arsenal endured another demoralizing result after rallying for a 2-1 lead – only to concede a fluke equalizer. Authentic Jarrod Dyson Jersey | Women's Mariners Jarrod Dyson Cool Base Jerseys. Ricciardo made it only halfway around the Jerez track before his RB10 rolled to a stop and began spouting smoke from the back. After team mechanics tended to the car, Ricciardo went back out for a mere two trips around the circuit before calling it quits. Yonder Alonso Jersey . Mohamed Diame put West Ham ahead in the 47th minute before goals by substitutes Carlton Cole and Joe Cole condemned Fulham to a fifth straight defeat, keeping the visitors in the bottom three. Jean Segura Jersey .Fucale will not only be one of the local boys, he is also a Montreal Canadiens draft pick and will have a huge cheering section when Canada opens the tournament Dec.OAKLAND, Calif. – Stephen Curry scored 33 points, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer, and the Golden State Warriors used a closing run to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 100-93 Friday night. Klay Thompson added 14 points as the Warriors beat the Grizzlies at home for the first time in six meetings. Thompson had a pair of clinching free throws. Marreese Speights scored 15 and Jermaine ONeal added 10 points for the Warriors, who moved two games ahead of the Grizzlies for the sixth seed in the Western Conference. Zach Randolph scored 21 points for Memphis, which won eight of their previous 10 games. Mike Conley added 20 points. Randolphs reverse layup gave Memphis a 93-86 edge with four minutes left. But the Warriors scored the games final 14 points, with Curry nailing a 3-pointer with 1:21 left to make it 96-93. Golden State carried a 79-76 lead into the fourth quarter after falling behind by eight.dddddddddddd The Warriors went on a 21-8 run during the third. The Warriors held an early seven-point edge, the largest lead by either team through the first half, which had four lead changes and was tied six other times. Currys driving layup in the final two seconds gave the Warriors a 53-52 advantage at halftime. NOTES: Warriors C Andrew Bogut sustained a pelvic contusion in the first quarter and did not return. … Warriors F David Lee missed the game with a strained right hamstring. … The Grizzlies were 5-0 in the state of California entering play Friday night. … The Warriors recorded their 74th consecutive sellout. … The Grizzlies lead the league in fourth-quarter field-goal percentage since the All-Star Break. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys' ' '
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