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Rockets 2020 playoff preview: Innovative or insane?

Jul 10, 2020 - 3:49 PM

Riding on the star power of James Harden and Russell Westbrook, the Houston Rockets look to go deep by pushing small-ball style to the extreme

LOOKBACK: 2 teams that could have challenged the Bulls’ dominance

May 28, 2020 - 9:50 PM

These teams in the Jordan era already had good rosters that could have been even way better

WHAT IF. Had Lithuanian star Arvydas Sabonis joined Portland immediately after the draft, a potent Blazers squad could have challenged the heavyweights. Photo by Bob Strong/AFP

LOOK: 4 NBA teams that benefit most from season resumption

May 23, 2020 - 7:45 PM

Is two months’ worth of 'load management' enough for some teams?

LONG LAYOFF. If the NBA returns, LeBron James’ Lakers and Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Bucks look to tighten their hold of the top spot. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Rozier, Hornets deal Rockets third straight loss

Mar 08, 2020 - 2:59 PM

The Hornets pounce on a Rockets side missing Russell Westbrook to end their three-game skid

BACK ON TRACK. Terry Rozier and the Hornets return to the winning column. Photo from Instagram/@gmb_elchum3

Kawhi powers Clippers rout of Rockets

Mar 06, 2020 - 1:33 PM

The Clippers pick up their sixth straight win as the smaller Rockets could not keep pace

BALANCED ATTACK. Kawhi Leonard leads 6 Clippers in double figures. Photo from Twitter/@LAClippers

Westbrook racks up 41 as Rockets edge Celtics in OT thriller

Mar 01, 2020 - 3:28 PM

'We forgot about the other MVP over there,' says Jaylen Brown as the Celtics clamped on James Harden but let Russell Westbrook wreak havoc

ESCAPE. Houston star Russell Westbrook drives to the basket against Boston's Jaylen Brown. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Harden, Westbrook team up for 72 as Rockets cruise past Jazz

Feb 23, 2020 - 2:38 PM

With their three-point prowess in full show, the Rockets silence the Jazz on the road

SANDWICHED. Utah Jazz players Royce O'Neale (left) and Derrick Favors try to get in the way of Rockets swingman Danuel House Jr. Photo by Larry W. Smith/EPA-EFE

Clarkson drops 30, Bogdanovic hits winner as Jazz beat Rockets

Feb 10, 2020 - 2:06 PM

Jordan Clarkson comes off the bench and scores a team-high 30 points as the Utah Jazz begin to pick up steam again

BACK-TO-BACK WINS. Jordan Clarkson and the Jazz strengthen their hold of the No. 4 spot in the Western Conference. Photo from Instagram/@jordanclarksons

Westbrook's 41 points shoot Rockets past Lakers

Feb 07, 2020 - 3:46 PM

Russell Westbrook and the Rockets drop a 16-3 bomb against a stunned Lakers to close out the game

ON FIRE. Russell Westbrook reaches a scoring milestone in the Rockets’ big win. Photo from NBA

Capela to Hawks in deal as NBA trade deadline looms

Feb 06, 2020 - 12:31 PM

The Rockets ship Clint Capela to the Hawks as part of a massive 12-player, 4-team deal

BIG BOOST. Clint Capela (right) joins De'Andre Hunter and the Hawks as Atlanta tries to beef up its frontcourt. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

Giannis powers NBA-best Bucks; Harden sustains scoring crown chase

Feb 05, 2020 - 4:40 PM

'It's going to be a great duel for a lot of years,' says reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo after facing the Pelicans' 19-year-old rookie star Zion Williamson

HOTSHOTS. Young league stars Giannis Antetokounmpo (right) and Zion Williamson embrace after clashing for the first time this season. Photo from Milwaukee Bucks

Rockets look to deal Swiss center Capela

Feb 04, 2020 - 8:38 AM

Reports show that the Rockets seek an outside shooter and are willing to part with Capela

iNJURED. Clint Capela misses the Houston Rocket's last 3 games. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)

Harden, Giannis spark Rockets, Bucks to big NBA wins

Feb 03, 2020 - 12:39 PM

MVP contenders Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden both flirt with triple-double performances

NO. 1 TEAM. Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks improve on their NBA-leading record. Photo from Instagram/@bucks

Lakers shoot down reeling Rockets

Jan 19, 2020 - 2:24 PM

LeBron James and the Lakers rally to overcome the combined 69-point game of Russell Westbrook and James Harden

BACK TO WINNING. The Lakers rebound from a shock loss as LeBron James drops a double-double. Photo from NBA

Luka, Mavs manhandle Warriors; Grizzlies blast Rockets

Jan 15, 2020 - 5:55 PM

The once-mighty Warriors fall to Luka Doncic and the Mavericks, while Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant sizzles against the Rockets

HOT. Luka Doncic sustains his stellar play for the Mavericks. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: Harden records 11 first half turnovers in 20K-point night

Jan 12, 2020 - 9:56 AM

As the Rockets very well know, you just have to take the good with the bad with James Harden

Chris Paul, Thunder spoil Westbrook's return

Jan 10, 2020 - 3:48 PM

Oklahoma City pays tribute to former team star Russell Westbrook but shows no mercy on the floor as the Thunder rout the Rockets

Harden triple-double boosts Rockets past Sixers

Jan 04, 2020 - 2:41 PM

James Harden erupts for a 44-point triple-double as Clint Capela also drops season-high numbers in the Rockets romp

Harden, Westbrook combine to stop Nuggets

Jan 01, 2020 - 12:42 PM

The Rockets score a payback win over the Nuggets as James Harden and Russell Westbrook team up for 63 points

Surprise Christmas treat: Warriors shock Rockets

Dec 26, 2019 - 10:38 AM

The struggling Warriors give their fans a holiday gift by stunning James Harden and Russell Westbrook’s Rockets

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 25: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors drives towards the basket on James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets during the second half of an NBA basketball game at Chase Center on December 25, 2019 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

Westbrook scores 40 in Rockets' win over the Clippers

Dec 20, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Russell Westbrook finishes with a double-double of 40 points and 10 rebounds

STUNNING. Russell Westbrook tallies a double-double of 40 points and 10 rebounds in the Rockets' win over the Clippers. Photo from NBA Twitter

NBA rejects Rockets protest after blown dunk call

Dec 10, 2019 - 12:38 PM

The NBA acknowledges the referees erred by not granting a coach's challenge for the incident, but the Rockets had 'sufficient time to overcome the error during the remainder of the fourth quarter and two subsequent OTs'

Westbrook triple-double fuels Rockets over Raptors

Dec 06, 2019 - 4:31 PM

Ben McLemore unloads a season-high 28 points in helping the Houston Rockets blast the Toronto Raptors

TD NIGHT. File photo Russell Westbrook of the Houston Rockets during a game against  the Los Angeles Clippers. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Harden cracks half-century but Rockets pipped by Spurs in 2 OT

Dec 04, 2019 - 3:07 PM

Despite 50 points from James Harden and Russell Westbrook's triple-double, the Houston Rockets fall to a double-overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs

RESTRAINT. Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers is restrained by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Lebron James after being called for a foul against the Denver Nuggets in the third quarter at Pepsi Center on December 03, 2019 in Denver, Colorado.  Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Harden joins Jordan for third most 60-point games in NBA history

Dec 01, 2019 - 2:42 PM

Despite sitting out the entire 4th quarter, James Harden pumps in 60 points to tie Michael Jordan in the rankings

GREATNESS. James Harden joins an elite group of all-time great scorers. Photo from Houston Rockets

Doncic dominates as Mavs outgun Harden, Rockets

Nov 25, 2019 - 1:37 PM

Luka Doncic flirts with a triple-double anew to power the Mavericks to their fifth straight win

OTHERWORLDLY. Luka Doncic continues to take the NBA by storm in his second season. File photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Clippers nip Rockets off Leonard, Williams heroics

Nov 23, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Lou Williams scores all of his 26 points in the second half as the Clippers win their fourth straight game

CRUISING. Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers pick up their 11th win of the young NBA season. Photo from Twitter/@NBA

Harden, Westbrook shine as Rockets extend win streak

Nov 19, 2019 - 2:14 PM

James Harden and Russell Westbrook combine for 64 points to lead the Rockets to 8 straight wins

STREAKING. James Harden leads the Houston Rockets to 8 straight wins. Photo from NBA Twitter

Bombs away as Harden torches Wolves for 49 points

Nov 17, 2019 - 2:24 PM

It's just another day in the office for James Harden as the Rockets star pumps in 49 points on a career-high 41 shot attempts

Harden powers shorthanded Rockets past Pacers

Nov 16, 2019 - 5:13 PM

The Rockets extend their winning streak to 6 games as James Harden scores 40-plus points for the fourth time in that stretch

SCORING MACHINE. James Harden drops another 40-point game for title-contender Rockets. Photo from Twitter/@nbastats

Harden erupts as Rockets down Clippers

Nov 14, 2019 - 1:16 PM

James Harden unleashes 47 points as the Rockets rip Kawhi Leonard's Clippers

SIZZLING. Former MVP James Harden delivers one of his usual scoring outbursts. Photo from Houston Rockets

Harden fires 36 as Rockets rout banged-up Warriors

Nov 07, 2019 - 1:16 PM

James Harden and the Rockets deal the injury-hit Warriors their sixth loss in 8 games

ON FIRE. James Harden drops half of his 36 points from beyond the arc. Photo from NBA

Harden, Kyrie turn in big nights; hurting Warriors win

Nov 05, 2019 - 5:36 PM

Houston's James Harden pumps in 44 points while Brooklyn's Kyrie Irving unloads 39 to power their teams to separate victories

ON FIRE. Kyrie Irving and James Harden sizzle in separate games on the road. Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images/AFP

Harden explodes for 59 points as Rockets escape Wizards

Oct 31, 2019 - 3:03 PM

'I work hard every single day. I fall in love with it, mastering the game,' says Rockets star James Harden after unleashing 59 points

ESCAPE ACT. James Harden and the Rockets slip past the Wizards by a point. Photo from Houston Rockets

Harden drops 40 to lead Rockets over Thunder

Oct 29, 2019 - 11:28 AM

Another James Harden scoring outburst propels the Rockets past the Thunder

WAXING HOT. James Harden scores 40 points to propel the Rockets past the Thunder. Photo from Houston Rockets Twitter.

Westbrook passes Magic for career triple-doubles

Oct 27, 2019 - 4:56 PM

Russell Westbrook posts his 139th career triple-double to bump off Magic Johnson at No. 2 in the all-time list

Tim Warner/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Harden, Westbrook take responsibility for Rockets defeat

Oct 25, 2019 - 9:54 PM

New Rockets star duo James Harden and Russell Westbrook fail to launch in their first game versus Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Bucks

BETTER JOB. Former MVPs James Harden and Russell Westbrook still think they need to be better. Photos by AFP

China's Tencent cuts Rockets from NBA streaming schedule

Oct 25, 2019 - 6:59 PM

Amid the NBA-China fallout, Chinese internet giant Tencent strikes out Houston Rockets games from its programming schedule

Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images/AFP

Bucks deny Westbrook winning debut for new-look Rockets

Oct 25, 2019 - 11:14 AM

Reigning Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo picks up where he left off from last season with a triple-double for the Bucks

WINNING NOTE. Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks kick off their title bid on the right foot. Tim Warner/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron under fire for comments on NBA-China row

Oct 15, 2019 - 8:58 PM

After criticizing a Rockets executive for angering China with a 'misinformed' tweet, LeBron James draws flak for 'parroting communist propaganda'

EMBATTLED. The outspoken LeBron James gets into trouble for his opinion on the raging NBA controversy. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron blames China mess on Rockets GM's 'misinformed' tweet

Oct 15, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The NBA controversy continues as LeBron James' comments draw praise in China, but harsh criticism in the United States

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Controversy-hit Rockets beat Raptors in Japan preseason game

Oct 10, 2019 - 11:04 PM

The Rockets split their preseason games with the NBA champion Raptors in a Japan tour overshadowed by the controversial tweet of Houston's general manager

Russell Westbrook picks up his first preseason victory with the Rockets. Photo by AFP

NBA's sheer dominance could limit damage from China backlash

Oct 09, 2019 - 11:59 PM

It's the biggest game in town and that leverage may just carry the NBA past the China crisis

ADVANTAGE. LeBron James and the NBA enjoy a huge following in China. Photo by AFP

Shanghai cancels NBA fan event over 'inappropriate' HK comments

Oct 09, 2019 - 4:36 PM

China calls off an NBA fan night on the eve of a preseason game pitting the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets

HEATED. The NBA and China row continues even as several NBA players like LeBron James and Anthony Davis remain in Shanghai for the Los Angeles Lakers’ scheduled events with the Brooklyn Nets. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Chinese media slam NBA 'about face' on Hong Kong

Oct 09, 2019 - 2:41 PM

As the NBA insists it won't apologize for a controversial Hong Kong tweet, Chinese media say there's now 'little room for reconciliation'

FIRESTORM. James Harden and the Houston Rockets – who are in Japan for preseason events – get a lot of backlash in China. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

NBA champion Raptors trip Rockets in Japan preseason game

Oct 09, 2019 - 10:08 AM

The Raptors spoil the Harden-Westbrook Rockets debut in a Japan preseason game overshadowed by the NBA's China furor

HOT START. Raptors guard Fred VanVleet takes a shot in front of Rockets stars James Harden (left) and Russell Westbrook in their NBA preseason basketball game in Saitama. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Rockets exec says Hong Kong tweet not meant to offend China

Oct 07, 2019 - 3:34 PM

The Rockets have received flak from Chinese fans after general manager Daryl Morey tweeted 'Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong'

ON THE DEFENSIVE. Daryl Morey says his views do not represent the Houston Rockets or the NBA. Photo from Instagram/@darylmorey

'We love China': Harden sorry over Rockets GM's Hong Kong tweet

Oct 07, 2019 - 1:40 PM

The tweet sent out by Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has cost the franchise TV exposure and sponsorship in the lucrative Chinese market

DAMAGE CONTROL. James Harden says he 'loves' playing in China. File photo Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

China's CCTV suspends Houston Rockets broadcasts

Oct 07, 2019 - 12:10 PM

The development comes after Rockets general manager Daryl Morey posted a tweet showing support for the Hong Kong protests

SAVING WHAT'S LEFT. The Rockets have been in damage control since Daryl Morey sent the controversial tweet. Photo from Twitter/@HoustonRockets

Houston Rockets owner distances team from exec's Hong Kong comment

Oct 06, 2019 - 11:38 AM

'Daryl Morey does not speak for the Houston Rockets,' tweets Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta

CHINESE FAN BASE. James Harden and the Houston Rockets enjoy a huge following from China. Photo from Houston Rockets Twitter