Considering everything that had taken place earlier in the series, it would’ve been hard to imagine the Rockets having a better start than the one they had in Monday’s Game 7. About midway through the second quarter, Houston had held Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green to 1-of-7, 2-of-6 and 2-of-6 shooting from the field, respectively. Klay Thompson opened the game hot — and was 4-of-5 from the field — but his effectiveness was dulled to some extent because he’d uncharacteristically landed three fouls in the first four minutes of action, forcing Steve Kerr to yank him early.
Rockets star guard Chris Paul will not play in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals due to a strained right hamstring. Paul has been sidelined since straining the hamstring in the final minute of Houston's Game 5 win over the Golden State Warriors. He was ruled out of Game 6 the next day and had been receiving treatment nearly around the clock in hopes of being able to play in Game 7. "There was just no way," Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said. "Everybody came to the same conclusion. There was just no way."
The series the NBA world has been waiting for from the moment Chris Paul requested a trade last summer that sent him to the Houston Rockets to join forces with James Harden has arrived. It's the Rockets vs. the four-time Western Conference and two-time NBA champion Golden State Warriors for West supremacy.
With all other contenders dispatched, the Warriors and Rockets finally meet in what some thought was inevitable -- a matchup between the regular season's top two teams in the Western Conference for a spot in the NBA Finals.
For a short flash, it almost appeared as if the play was dead. Deked by James Harden's patented, left-to-right crossover "hop-back" on the left wing, LA Clippers forward Wesley Johnson slipped on a banana peel and fell backward to the hardwood on his tuchus with just over a minute remaining in the first quarter. As Johnson recovered a full 10 feet in front of Harden with 15 seconds left on the shot clock, the Houston Rockets' guard paused. He wasn't checking the placement of his toes or scanning the floor for a cutter -- it was obvious where the Rockets' shot would materialize.
James Harden became the first player in NBA history to score 60 points as part of a triple-double as the short-handed Houston Rockets beat the Orlando Magic 114-107 on Tuesday night. Harden scored 18 points in the fourth quarter to eclipse the 57 points Calvin Murphy scored in 1978 to break Houston's single-game scoring record. After Harden broke the record, cameras in the arena showed a shot of Murphy, who works on the television broadcast team, smiling and clapping for the Beard, who also had 10 rebounds and 11 assists.
James Harden and Chris Paul are a dynamic pairing on the court. But when The Beard takes a breather, CP3 transforms Houston's second unit into the "Seven Seconds or Less" Rockets.
In the Golden (State) Era of the NBA, we view the rest of the league through a Warriors prism. It’s no different for the Houston Rockets, who added a slightly past-his-prime superstar to a 55-win squad and otherwise would be a leading title contender. The league isn’t measured by title contenders with an “s” anymore, though, because there’s one clear favorite that’s too prominent to ignore. Instead, we ask how the best non-Bay Area teams stack up against the Warriors. Can they play them competitively? Hell, can they even match up at all?
The Houston Rockets have been sold to local billionaire Tilman Fertitta, who called the purchase of his hometown team a "dream come true." Terms of the sale, which was announced Tuesday, were not disclosed. A league source told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, however, that Fertitta agreed to purchase the team from Leslie Alexander for $2.2 billion, a record sale price for an NBA franchise. The sale is pending approval by the NBA's Board of Governors. Fertitta is a native of Galveston, Texas, and has had courtside seats at Rockets games for the past several years.
Chris Paul is leaving a lot on the table—money, the ball, and possibly his legacy—to take a chance on the Rockets.
Chris Paul's transition to the Rockets won't be as seamless as Kevin Durant's to the Warriors, but he could turn them into a Western Conference powerhouse with James Harden.
The Chris Paul-to-Houston trade obviously shakes up the NBA landscape. Chris Towers tries to figure out what it means for the Fantasy world.
Slow first quarters, overuse of Harden and injuries have put Houston on the brink
The first four games of the Western Conference semifinal series between the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs have seen the best and worst of both teams, with each winning twice. That’s why Game 5 of the best-of-seven series, set for Tuesday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, is so crucial. Game 6 will be on Thursday in Houston, with a seventh and deciding game — if necessary — scheduled for Sunday in San Antonio.
Forget slowing down James Harden. Right now, his opponents can’t even put his play into words. Harden had 40 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists for his second straight triple-double and the Houston Rockets outlasted the Charlotte Hornets 121-114 on Tuesday night for their ninth straight win.
When Dino Smiley watched James Harden stun the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night, it brought back memories of South Central, Los Angeles, in the summertime. Smiley When Dino Smiley watched James Harden stun the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night, it brought back memories of South Central, Los Angeles, in the summertime.
Eric Gordon has agreed to a four-year, $53 million contract with the Rockets, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski. Gordon's career has been marked by great promise, but an even greater list of injuries have robbed him of a consistent role in the NBA. But with career averages of 16 points, 43 percent shooting and 38 percent shooting from behind the arc, it's no wonder that people still keep giving him opportunities.
Louisville center Chinanu Onuaku, a former All-Met at Riverdale Baptist, was selected with the No. 37 overall pick by the Houston Rockets in the second round of Thursday’s NBA draft. The Rockets will likely look to the 6-foot-10 center to help fill the void left in the paint by All-Star Dwight Howard, who will become a free agent on July 1 after opting out of his contract with the Rockets.
Houston has its new man on the sidelines, and he's bringing seven seconds or less
Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard shared a brief pregame hug and a few in-game laughs during the Houston Rockets' comfortable win over the Lakers.