Marcus Smart's buzzer shot narrowly misses as Celtics fall to Rockets

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Irving tried to miss his second attempt with five seconds left, but the ball went in off the bank. Gordon made one of two free throws to make it 123-120 with 2.3 seconds remaining, and Marcus Smart's 3-point attempt bounced off the rim at the buzzer.

Gary Harris scored 32 points, Will Barton added 23 and the Denver Nuggets did most of their damage behind the 3-point arc in a 126-117 win over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night. What makes the Rockets such a tough guard night-in, night-out, particularly when they close games?

Harden, the NBA's leading scorer, comes into Saturday's game averaging 31 points per game and almost nine assists per game.

SAN ANTONIO - Lonzo Ball hit a career-best six 3-pointers, Julius Randle had 25 points and Los Angeles rallied in the final two minutes to beat San Antonio. The Celtics will have to score more points than they did in the first matchup to leave Houston with a win.

Irving, too, is thriving in a new environment, having led his Celtics to a virtually guaranteed top two finish in the east.

The Spurs lost their second straight game in which they never trailed until the final two minutes. This is 13 points higher than Boston's offensive rating over the course of the season. After a jumper by Pau Gasol, Ball hit another 3 to give the Lakers a 109-107 advantage with 1:15 remaining. Terry Rozier had 17 points and Monroe had 18.

Derrick Favors added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Jazz, and Jae Crowder chipped in 14 off the bench. With the win, Houston improved to 48-13 overall and 24-7 on the road. The team will go for a 16th straight Tuesday night in Oklahoma City.

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Rookie forward Zach Collins added 12 points for the Blazers, as matters remained tight between the Thunder, Spurs and Timberwolves in the Western Conference standings.

After leading the Houston Rockets by six points late in the fourth quarter, the Celtics should have wanted more than that.

Kyrie Irving vs Chris Paul - Two of the best point guards, and players, in the National Basketball Association, will engage in what will be an enthralling battle in this game.

Donovan Mitchell scored 27 points and Rudy Gobert tallied 16 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks and three steals to lift Utah over host Sacramento. As a positive, Houston will have Paul and Capella for the game - two players who did not play in the December 28 game due to injuries.

Houston's winning streak ties the second-longest in franchise history, accomplished twice during Hakeem Olajuwon's tenure in the 1990s, and trails only a 22-game run the Rockets had in the 2007-08 season. These turnovers truly hurt the C's given the fact that they once again shut Harden down (6-for-18 shooting, and just 13-for-45 against the Celtics this season), and held Chris Paul to just 15 points, seven assists, and obvious foul trouble in 35 minutes.

Fournier and Nikola Vucevic scored 19 points apiece for the Magic, who won for the second straight night at home after snapping a seven-game losing streak Friday.

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