The Rockets have been on an absolutely impeccable run — and the Nets certainly weren’t going to stop them. Houston beat them by 18 to win its 19th straight game, and now sits one game away from tying the Association’s second longest winning streak. Tracy McGrady led with 19 points as the defense held the Nets to only 30% shooting for the game.
The Spurs got the Nuggets back, holding them off for a four-point victory at home and a tie with the Lakers for the top spot in the Western Conference. Duncan had 23 points and 18 boards, Parker scored 16, and Ginobili had 13 points and 14 assists — quietly, the Spurs are now ascending to where analysts expected them to be.
The Celtics reach 50 wins for the first time in 16 years, tying a 14-point win over Philadelphia to get it. 26 and 12 boards for KG, 21 for Ray Allen, and 17 for Paul Pierce. The 76ers couldn’t score a point in the first 4:15 or so, which meant starting out with a Boston 15-0 run.
7 triple-doubles on the year for LeBron James (this one consisted of 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists), as Cleveland tops Portland by 8 points. He’s scored 20 points or more in his last 41 games. Joe Smith added 18 for the Cavs; LaMarcus Aldredge had 25 and Brandon Roy 15 in the loss.
The WCC will now likely need and deserve three teams in the tourney, as San Diego joined Gonzaga and St. Mary’s by beating Gonzaga in the WCC tourney final. Rob Jones and De’Jon Jackson spurred a 19-4 run in the second half to pull off the upset after knocking off St. Mary’s in the semis.
Davidson takes the Southern Conference title behind sharpshooter Stephen Curry and his 23 points, beating Elon — and going a perfect 23-0 in the conference.
Photo: AP/Pat Sullivan
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