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Rockets beat Clippers, advance to West Finals

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The Houston Rockets have advanced to the Western Conference Finals after beating the Los Angeles Clippers 113-108 in Game 7 Sunday. The Rockets will play Game 1 of the West Finals against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday. James Harden led the Rockets with 31 points, while Trevor Ariza had 22 points.  Dwight Howard had 16 points and 15 rebounds. ...

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James Harden: Matt Barnes remark to my mom was ‘disrespectful’

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James Harden called the profane remark made by Clippers’ Matt Barnes to Harden’s mother was “disrespectful,” but the Rockets star is only focused on Friday’s Game 3 of the Western Conference series that’s tied 1-1. “In any situation when you’re talking about somebody’s parents, it’s disrespectful,” Harden said Friday, per ESPN.com. “I’m focused on Game 3, and we’re focused and locked in. ...

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2015 NBA playoffs second round schedule

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The second round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs will begin Sunday with the Atlanta Hawks hosting the Washington Wizards at 1:00 p.m. ET followed by the Golden State Warriors hosting the Memphis Grizzlies at 3:30 p.m. Western Conference Semifinals L.A. CLIPPERS vs. HOUSTON ROCKETS  Game 1 – Monday, May 4 Los Angeles Clippers at Houston, 9:30 p.m. (TNT) Game 2 – Wednesday, May 6 ...

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Watch: LeBron James and Dwight Howard hit full-court shots

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Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James can score from just about anywhere on the court, even from 60 feet out. James, apparently, likes to shoot from the corner at the very far end of the court, and throws the ball like Tom Brady. But James isn’t the only one that can launch a ball 60 feet out and make a basket. Houston ...

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James Harden on MVP: ‘I don’t want to hear it’

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Houston Rockets star James Harden is considered the front runner to win the 2015 NBA MVP award, but don’t tell him that. “I don’t want to hear it, don’t want the hear it,” Harden said Thursday, via ESPN.com. “The most important thing right now is winning. I’ve said it plenty of times; it’s winning and getting a rhythm going into ...

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Rockets’ Dwight Howard to start vs. Pelicans

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Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard will play Wednesday night against the New Orleans Pelicans. Howard, who has missed the last 26 games with swelling in his right knee, will be on a minutes restriction.  The 29-year-old will most likely play 20 minutes to 25 minutes a game and won’t play in back-to-back games “I am just ready to play, I haven’t played ...

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James Harden scores career-high 50 points in Rockets win

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James Harden scored a career-high 50 points with 10 rebounds to lead the Houston Rockets to a 118-108 win over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night. Harden dazzled the Rockets biggest stars like Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler as the organization celebrated the 20th anniversary of the franchise’s back-to-back NBA titles in 1994 and 1995. “That’s a special group right there,” Harden said. “We’re trying to build something ...

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Dwight Howard to return in two weeks

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Houston rockets center Dwight Howard hasn’t played since Jan. 30 because of edema in his right knee. But he told ESPN’s Lisa Salters on Wednesday that he expects to return in two weeks.  He told Salters that his knee feels good, he hasn’t had any problems or setbacks. Howard is averaging 16.3 points and 11 rebounds in 32 games this season The ...

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James Harden suspended 1 game for kicking LeBron James in the groin

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Houston Rockets guard James Harden has been suspended one game without pay for kicking Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James in the groin. The incident occurred in the third quarter of the Rockets’ 105-103 overtime victory against the Cavaliers at Toyota Center on March 1. Harden was assessed a Flagrant Foul 1 for the incident, and it has been upgraded to a Flagrant Foul 2 upon ...

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James Harden gives LeBron James a kick to the groin

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During the Rockets 105-103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, James Harden was given a flagrant foul when he kicked in the direction of LeBron James’ crotch. As Harden fell, James tried to grab the ball from him late in the third. James was pulled away from Harden as he screamed at him, and Corey Brewer and Cleveland’s Thompson both received technical ...

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