Aldridge powers Spurs to hold down Rockets

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A couple Rockets players made it clear that they need to regain the fire.

The Oklahoma City Thunder took the Denver Nuggets to overtime but went down 126-125, Paul Millsap scoring 36 points and nine rebounds, while the Minnesota Timberwolves also edged past the Dallas Mavericks by one point in a 93-92 win.

In Chicago, rookie Lauri Markkanen scored 23 points and connected on 5 of 8 3-pointers to lead the Bulls.

James Harden drills it from deep! Otherwise, we're going to lose the advantage of what you worked for for 80 games, and it's scary times for us. "For the players, just go out there and compete at a high level".

It was only two years ago that the Warriors became the first team to make 1,000 3s in a season - and now the Rockets are on pace to get near 1,300 this season.

"We're just going to play it game by game and see how it goes", said Harden, who is averaging his fewest minutes since joining the Rockets in 2012. Clint Capela chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds for his 39th double-double of the season. That might seem unreasonable considering Houston (62-15) had a 17-game winning streak just prior to this latest one, meaning 28 victories in a span of 30 games since late January.

In Denver, Nikola Jokic had 35 points and 13 rebounds, Jamal Murray scored 18 of his 27 points after the third quarter and the Nuggets rallied from eight down in the final minute of regulation to win in overtime. And not only do they have the best record in the league, but they would break a record as well.

Looking at the betting trends, the Suns are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games against a team with a winning record, 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a double-digit loss at home and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall.

The Golden State Warriors have officially been unseated as the best team in the Western Conference. "If we play that way Tuesday we'll get our rears busted again".

The Spurs beat the Rockets to end their 11-game win streak. With 5 games remaining in the regular season, the Rockets have already broken the National Basketball Association record for 3-pointers made in a season.

Despite the fact that Houston has already locked up home-court advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs, coach D'Antoni reiterated that his guys simply can not afford to relax right now. The young Suns will put in the effort, but the Rockets will put on another offensive clinic in a 120-95 romp.



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