HOUSTON — When the Houston Rockets open their second-round Western Conference playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night, it will have been six days since they last played.
HOUSTON — James Harden's message was simple and clear after the Houston Rockets’ first playoff series victory since 2009.
DALLAS — James Harden deferred to Dwight Howard and his role players when Houston swept two games at home to open a first-round series against Dallas.
HOUSTON — James Harden had 24 points and Corey Brewer scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Houston Rockets to a 118-108 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night in Game 1 of their Western Conference series.
HOUSTON — James Harden helped the Houston Rockets to their first division title since 1994 and the second seed in the Western Conference playoffs starting Saturday against Dallas.
HOUSTON — James Harden and the Houston Rockets won't take long to celebrate winning their first division title since 1994 and clinching the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — James Harden has given up on trying to decipher where the Houston Rockets will wind up seeded in the Western Conference playoffs.
HOUSTON — James Harden scored 30 points and the Houston Rockets used a big run at the beginning of the fourth quarter to take the lead and held on for a 121-114 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night.
OKLAHOMA CITY — James Harden led a postgame dance session in the Houston locker room.
DALLAS — James Harden had plenty of help a night after carrying Houston with a career high in scoring — he even got a boost from Dwight Howard not long after the center with the troublesome right knee limped off the court.
TORONTO — DeMar DeRozan and James Harden have been battling on the basketball court for more than a decade.
WASHINGTON — For a team that entered the season with aspirations of winning 50 games and earning home-court advantage in the playoffs — the former now impossible, the likelihood of the latter fading quickly — John Wall's Washington Wizards sure are slumping down the stretch.
HOUSTON — A couple of months ago, James Harden was told by a reporter that he seemed different this season, a year in which he has gone from a great player to a front-runner for MVP, and was asked what prompted the change.
NEW ORLEANS — Dwight Howard corralled a no-look pass from James Harden along the baseline and went up quickly for a forceful one-handed stuff.
INDIANAPOLIS — James Harden found all the cracks in Indiana's defense Monday night.
HOUSTON — The Phoenix Suns have been looking for Eric Bledsoe to attack more as they try to make a late push for a playoff spot.
HOUSTON — Even the biggest stars of the Houston Rockets' past couldn't outshine James Harden on Thursday night.
HOUSTON — James Harden wasn't at his best on Tuesday night.
LOS ANGELES — James Harden and the Houston Rockets got back on track after a pair of frustrating road losses, overcoming Blake Griffin's return for the Los Angeles Clippers.
SALT LAKE CITY — Rudy Gobert caught a pass from Gordon Hayward midway through the second quarter, went up with the ball cocked in one hand and threw down a dunk on top of Houston forward Terrence Jones. The 7-foot Frenchman turned to the bench and gave a salute as he ran back on defense with the crowd erupting.
ATLANTA — Al Horford knew the Atlanta Hawks would eventually respond to Houston's big lead.
HOUSTON — James Harden has been putting up MVP-caliber numbers all season for the Houston Rockets.
HOUSTON — Terrence Jones isn't where he was before an extended absence because of a leg injury.
HOUSTON — James Harden focused on getting his teammates involved until he got himself going.
HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets needed a spark against the Toronto Raptors to bounce back from a loss to Dallas in which they were so lethargic that coach Kevin McHale said it looked like they were wearing "mud shoes."
DALLAS — With Dirk Nowitzki and Chandler Parsons doing an injury shuttle and Rajon Rondo still easing back in after missing six games, Devin Harris and Al-Farouq Aminu stepped in for Dallas.
HIDALGO — The Houston Rockets’ pet project this season has been the development of 2014 first-round draft pick Clint Capela, a 6-foot-10, 245-pound center.
PHOENIX — The Houston Rockets blew an early 18-point lead and were down by one after three quarters in Phoenix.
HOUSTON — The Portland Trail Blazers were not about to let the same thing happen to them two nights in a row.
HOUSTON — With the Milwaukee Bucks throwing everything at him on Friday night, James Harden relied on his teammates to knock down big shots.
HOUSTON — Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau watched in disappointment as Houston Rockets guard James Harden picked apart his team's defense.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had enough responsibility trying to contain James Harden at the defensive end.
HOUSTON — Josh Smith scored 18 points and James Harden added 17 as the Houston Rockets used a balanced scoring effort to outlast the Dallas Mavericks for a 99-94 victory on Wednesday night.
LOS ANGELES — After James Harden lit up the Los Angeles Lakers for the first three quarters, he returned in the final minutes to keep the Houston Rockets focused on their finish.
HOUSTON — Rockets coach Kevin McHale lamented Houston's lack of effort in a lopsided loss to Golden State on Saturday.
HOUSTON — Klay Thompson had a great night offensively on Saturday.
NEW YORK — Dwight Howard's face might have been stinging from Kevin Garnett ramming his head into it, and now his ears were ringing as fans directed loud boos toward him.
HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets are starting to gel after a rough stretch when new players were trying to find their place.
NEW YORK — Just to the left of their bench was a row of fans wearing paper bags over their heads. On the court in front of them, a New York Knicks team filled with unrecognizable faces.
CLEVELAND — All Houston coach Kevin McHale had to do was remind Dwight Howard the Cavaliers didn't have a center to stop him.
CHICAGO — Whether he is emerging as an MVP candidate or not, Jimmy Butler isn't sure. The only thing that matters to him is the Chicago Bulls keep winning.
HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets were so bad on Friday night that coach Kevin McHale talked about retiring.
NEW ORLEANS — Ryan Anderson scored 22 points, Tyreke Evans added 21 and the New Orleans Pelicans routed the Houston Rockets 111-83 on Friday night.
HOUSTON — With his team under constant assault down the stretch Monday night, Bradley Beal did what needed to be done: He played with confidence.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — James Harden had 32 points and 10 assists, Josh Smith scored 21 points in his Rockets debut, and Houston beat the Memphis Grizzlies 117-111 in overtime on Friday night.
HOUSTON — Josh Smith will join the Houston Rockets following his release by the Detroit Pistons, a person with knowledge of the decision said Wednesday.
HOUSTON — Coach Kevin McHale has agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Houston Rockets.
HOUSTON — James Harden scored a season-high 44 points to help the Houston Rockets cruise to a 110-95 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night and snap a two-game skid.
HOUSTON — The Atlanta Hawks won for the 12th time in 13 games on Saturday night, beating the Houston Rockets 104-97. The victory gave the Hawks 19 wins this season.
HOUSTON — Anthony Davis had 30 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 99-90 win over the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.
HOUSTON — Dwight Howard had 26 points and 13 rebounds in his return from injury, James Harden had a triple-double, and the Houston Rockets overcame an early deficit for a 108-96 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night.