Rock­ets rolls past Pac­ers

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Sport -

JAMES Harden had 29 points, 10 as­sists and eight re­bounds and the Hous­ton Rock­ets rolled past the In­di­ana Pac­ers 118-97 on Wed­nes­day night for their sixth straight vic­tory.

Thad­deus Young cut the lead to 10 with a hook shot with about eight min­utes left. The Rock­ets put it away with a 16-4 run that made it 110-88 with about four min­utes left.

Af­ter los­ing just one game in Novem­ber the Rock­ets are feel­ing pretty good about where they are.

But Harden says the best part about how well they’re play­ing is that they can be much bet­ter.

“We’re never sat­is­fied,” he said. “We have a long way to go.”

Trevor Ariza made a 3-pointer in that stretch and Ryan An­der­son added two fin­ished with 19 points.

The Pac­ers missed nu­mer­ous shots, were called for de­fen­sive three sec­onds and com­mit­ted an of­fen­sive foul to al­low the Rock­ets to pad the lead.

“They hit some shots in the sec­ond half,” Pac­ers coach Nate Mcmil­lan said. “I thought a lot of them we were right there, and some­times you just have to give some teams credit for ex­e­cut­ing and mak­ing shots.” Young had 23 points for the Pac­ers. In other matches, War­riors beat Lak­ers 127-123 (OT), Spurs beat Griz­zlies 104-95, Magic beat Thun­der 121108, Tim­ber­wolves beat Pel­i­cans 120102, Knicks beat Heat 115-86, 76ers beat Wizards 118-113, Pistons beat Suns 107, Rap­tors beat Hor­nets 126-113 and Nets beat Mav­er­icks 109-104. – AP

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