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Howard, Harden push Rockets past LeBron-less Cavs 105-93


By TOM WITHERS
Posted Jan 07 2015 10:53PM

CLEVELAND (AP) All Houston coach Kevin McHale had to do was remind Dwight Howard the Cavaliers didn't have a center to stop him.

Once he did, the Cavaliers didn't have a chance either.

Howard grabbed eight of his 19 rebounds in the decisive fourth quarter and James Harden scored 21 points as the Rockets roared past Cleveland for a 105-93 win Wednesday night over the Cavs, who played their sixth straight game without LeBron James.

The Rockets broke away with a 15-5 run in the fourth and handed the Cavs their seventh loss in nine games. Corey Brewer made a pair of 3-pointers and scored eight consecutive points in Houston's spree.

But it was Howard who made the biggest difference. He dominated at both ends, scoring nine of his 17 points in the final 12 minutes while imposing his will on the Cavs.

"The whole game changed when Dwight just got every rebound," McHale said. "They were beating us up on the boards. We were complaining a lot in the huddle about us being better on the boards. He probably took it to heart. "

Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 38 and Kevin Love added 17 points and 16 rebounds for the Cavs, who lost their fourth straight at home. J.R. Smith went scoreless in 19 minutes in his Cleveland debut. The unpredictable guard was acquired earlier in the week from the Knicks along with guard Iman Shumpert.

As the game was tipping off, James said he's on target to return in a week from a strained back and left knee.

The Cavs need him. They fell to 1-6 overall without the four-time league MVP, and with an upcoming trip out West, things could get a lot rougher for a team expected to contend for a title.

James, who hasn't played since Dec. 28, will accompany the Cavs on their five-game trip and said "it's a possible chance I'll play on the trip, at some point." He's one week into a rehab program and could be back for a Jan. 15 game against the Lakers.

During the game, the Cavs pulled off their second big trade in three days, acquiring 7-foot-1 center Timofey Mozgov from Denver in exchange for two first-round draft picks. The Cavs could have used Mozgov in the second half to battle Howard, who grabbed 12 boards after halftime and even jawed with some Cleveland fans in the final minutes.

"We challenged him to rebound and he got every one of them," McHale said. "If we missed it, he got it. If they missed it, he got it. That's a good combination for us."

Howard didn't recall McHale's pep talk, but something got him going.

"I just saw some opportunities to where instead of just watching the shot, I was fighting for the rebound," Howard said. "I've got to start doing more of that when things aren't going at the offensive end, just go get it off the glass."

The Cavs led 74-73 after three quarters and were within 80-79 on Matthew Dellavedova's 3-pointer before the Rockets grabbed control.

Howard scored inside and Brewer knocked down his two 3s and a pair of free throws to make it 88-79. Harden's 3-pointer gave Houston a 98-86 lead with 2:19 left, but the Cavs wouldn't go away and were within seven when Houston's Josh Smith nailed a long 3 to finally finish off Cleveland.

Irving, who missed Monday's loss in Philadelphia with a sore back, scored 23 in the first half, making 9 of 11 shots and moving with his usual cat-like quickness on drives.

Harden, the NBA's leading scorer at 27 points per game, was just 2 of 10 from the field in the opening half.

NEW GUY

As expected, Smith didn't immediately mesh with his new teammates during his first minutes on the floor. The Cavs traded for him to add scoring, and they added Shumpert to improve their defense.

"I just never got into a rhythm," Smith said.

ON GUARD

McHale had high praise for Irving, who went 15 of 26 from the floor and made four 3-pointers.

"He's slippery," McHale said. "Our biggest problem with him, other than the fact he's a good player, is we kept digging for the ball. The guy's got it on a string. Every time we'd dig, he's just go by us."

TIP-INS

Rockets: G Patrick Beverley, who strained his left shoulder Monday, started and scored seven points in 30 minutes. ... Houston snapped a three-game road losing streak.

Cavaliers: The Cavs hope to have Mozgov in time for Friday's game in Golden State. ... General manager David Griffin said Shumpert will miss at least two more weeks before he can return to the floor. He's missed 66 games the last four seasons. ... Cleveland is just 4-7 against Western Conference teams.

UP NEXT

Rockets: At New York on Thursday.

Cavaliers: At Golden State on Friday.


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HOU
CLE
     
    • 45.3%

    • 41.5%

    • 35.3%

    • 34.5%

    • 62.5%

    • 78.9%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
HOU CLE
Total Rebounds 50 37
Offensive Rebounds 19 13
Turnovers 17 15
Fast Break Pts: 11 8
Biggest Lead: 12 6
Points in the Paint: 46 36
HOU CLE
p Harden   21 Irving   38
rb Howard   19 Love   16
a Harden   9 Dellavedova   5
s Ariza   5 Miller   3
b Smith   2 4 players   1
 
  • 01/07 - HOU 105 @ CLE 93
  • 03/01 - CLE 103 @ HOU 105
Houston Rockets (24-11)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
T. Ariza F 35:31 5-13 3-10 0-0 -3 2 4 6 3 2 5 0 0 1 13
D. Motiejunas F 27:03 5-10 0-1 0-0 +4 2 0 2 1 3 0 1 0 1 10
D. Howard C 37:10 6-13 0-0 5-11 +2 10 9 19 2 5 0 4 1 1 17
J. Harden G 33:01 6-18 2-7 7-7 +7 2 5 7 9 0 1 7 0 1 21
P. Beverley G 30:05 3-10 1-7 0-0 +8 2 4 6 2 5 0 1 0 0 7
J. Smith   25:53 7-10 1-2 1-4 +21 0 5 5 2 2 0 2 2 0 16
C. Brewer   20:41 4-8 2-3 2-2 +16 1 0 1 3 2 2 0 0 0 12
J. Terry   24:17 2-3 2-3 0-0 +7 0 4 4 4 3 1 2 0 0 6
K. Papanikolaou   06:03 1-1 1-1 0-0 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
I. Canaan   00:16 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Dorsey DNP - Coach's Decision
A. Shved DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 39-86 12-34 15-24   19 31 50 26 22 9 17 3 4 105
  45.3% 35.3% 62.5%   team rebs: 11 total to: 17
Cleveland Cavaliers (19-17)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
M. Miller F 27:09 2-4 1-2 0-0 -5 0 3 3 2 3 3 2 1 0 5
K. Love F 38:55 7-19 0-3 3-6 -13 3 13 16 4 3 0 1 0 1 17
T. Thompson C 32:19 2-7 0-0 7-7 -7 5 1 6 0 4 1 1 1 0 11
M. Dellavedova G 34:49 3-8 2-5 1-2 0 0 1 1 5 2 0 1 0 0 9
K. Irving G 41:06 15-26 4-8 4-4 -10 1 1 2 3 1 1 4 0 1 38
B. Haywood   05:49 1-1 0-0 0-0 -2 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 2
J.R. Smith   17:40 0-5 0-4 0-0 -11 0 1 1 0 3 1 2 1 0 0
S. Marion   15:55 1-6 0-1 0-0 -8 2 2 4 2 0 0 1 0 0 2
J. Harris   15:49 1-2 1-2 0-0 -9 0 1 1 0 2 2 1 0 0 3
J. Jones   10:29 2-4 2-4 0-0 +5 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 6
I. Shumpert NWT - Dislocated Left Shoulder
Total   240 34-82 10-29 15-19   13 24 37 16 18 9 15 4 3 93
  41.5% 34.5% 78.9%   team rebs: 10 total to: 15

inactive

  • Rockets: Capela, Johnson, Jones
  • Cavaliers: James, Varejao

technical fouls

  • Rockets: --
  • Cavaliers: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 14
  • Times Tied: 9

arena stats

  • Arena: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
  • Officials: #19 James Capers, #45 Brian Forte, #76 Steven Anderson
  • Attendance: 20562
  • Duration: 2:18
Houston Rockets (51-24) Cleveland Cavaliers (48-28)
Start of 1st Quarter
(12:00) Jump Ball Thompson vs Howard (Beverley gains possession)
Harden Turnover : Traveling (1 TO)  11:44  
  11:32 Love Jump Bank Shot: Missed 
Beverley Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  11:29  
Ariza Layup Shot: Missed Block: Miller (1 BLK)  11:21  
Team Rebound  11:21  
Beverley Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Ariza (1 AST)  11:18
[HOU 2-0]
 
  10:58 Love 3pt Shot: Missed 
Howard Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  10:57  
Ariza Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Harden (1 AST)  10:42
[HOU 4-0]
 
  10:28
[CLE 2-4]
Irving Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Motiejunas Jump Hook Shot: Missed  10:07  
  10:04 Love Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:57 Love Jump Shot: Missed Block: Howard (1 BLK) 
  09:57 Team Rebound 
  09:50 Thompson Jump Shot: Missed 
  09:50 Thompson Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  09:50 Thompson Tip Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  09:50  
  09:50 Thompson Foul: Loose Ball (1 PF) 
  09:41 Miller Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
Howard Turnover : Step Out of Bounds Turnover (1 TO)  09:32  
Beverley Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  09:15  
  09:15
[CLE 3-4]
Irving Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  09:15
[CLE 4-4]
Irving Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Howard Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Beverley (1 AST)  09:05
[HOU 6-4]
 
  08:46
[CLE 7-6]
Dellavedova 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Love (1 AST) 
Ariza 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Harden (2 AST)  08:37
[HOU 9-7]
 
  08:21 Irving Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Ariza (1 ST) 
Harden 3pt Shot: Missed  08:12  
  08:10 Miller Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  07:48
[CLE 10-9]
Miller 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Dellavedova (1 AST) 
Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed  07:36  
  07:35 Love Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  07:21 Irving Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
  07:20 Thompson Rebound (Off:2 Def:0) 
  07:20 Thompson Tip Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  07:19  
  07:19 Thompson Foul: Personal (2 PF) 
  07:17 Thompson Substitution replaced by Haywood 
Beverley 3pt Shot: Missed  07:06  
  07:05 Love Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  06:55 Dellavedova Jump Shot: Missed 
  06:53 Haywood Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  06:53
[CLE 12-9]
Haywood Tip Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Howard Layup Shot: Missed  06:33  
  06:32 Dellavedova Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  06:20
[CLE 15-9]
Irving 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Miller (1 AST) 
Motiejunas Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Miller (1 ST)  05:56  
  05:48 Team Timeout : Regular 
  05:48 Dellavedova Substitution replaced by Smith 
  05:36 Irving Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Ariza (2 ST) 
Harden Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Smith (1 ST)  05:28  
  05:22 Miller Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Ariza (3 ST) 
Motiejunas Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed Block: Haywood (1 BLK)  05:12  
Team Rebound  05:12  
Beverley Fadeaway Jump Shot: Missed  05:09  
Beverley Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  05:08  
Harden Driving Layup Shot: Missed  04:59  
  04:58 Team Rebound 
  04:35 Haywood Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
Ariza Substitution replaced by Smith  04:35  
Howard Substitution replaced by Brewer  04:35  
Smith Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Harden (3 AST)  04:25
[HOU 11-15]
 
  04:13 Irving Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Brewer (1 ST) 
Brewer Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  04:09
[HOU 13-15]
 
  03:54 Smith 3pt Shot: Missed 
Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  03:53  
  03:50 Miller Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  03:50
[HOU 14-15]
 
  03:50 Miller Substitution replaced by Marion 
Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  03:50
[HOU 15-15]
 
  03:25 Smith Step Back Jump shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  03:24  
Motiejunas Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Harden (4 AST)  03:16
[HOU 17-15]
 
  02:57 Marion 3pt Shot: Missed 
Beverley Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  02:55  
Team Timeout : Regular  02:44  
Beverley Substitution replaced by Terry  02:44  
  02:44 Irving Substitution replaced by Dellavedova 
  02:44 Haywood Substitution replaced by Harris 
Harden 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Brewer (1 AST)  02:38
[HOU 20-15]
 
  02:21 Harris Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Harden (1 ST) 
Harden Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Harris (1 ST)  02:17  
Motiejunas Foul: Personal (1 PF)  02:14  
Motiejunas Substitution replaced by Papanikolaou  02:14  
Brewer Foul: Personal (1 PF)  02:02  
  01:55 Love Turnaround Bank shot: Missed 
Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  01:54  
Harden Driving Layup Shot: Missed  01:48  
  01:46 Love Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  01:37
[CLE 18-20]
Harris 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Marion (1 AST) 
Terry 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Harden (5 AST)  01:24
[HOU 23-18]
 
Smith Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  01:10  
  01:10
[CLE 19-23]
Love Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
Harden Substitution replaced by Ariza  01:10  
  01:10
[CLE 20-23]
Love Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
Smith Running Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Terry (1 AST)  01:00
[HOU 25-20]
 
  00:44.9 Love Jump Hook Shot: Missed 
Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  00:40.9  
  00:34.2 Love Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Smith Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS)  00:34.2
[HOU 26-20]
 
  00:34.2 Love Substitution replaced by Jones 
Smith Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  00:34.2  
  00:32.9 Marion Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  00:15.3
[CLE 23-26]
Jones 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Dellavedova (2 AST) 
Smith Jump Shot: Missed  00:04.9  
  00:03.8 Harris Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  00:00.0 Smith 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 1st Quarter
Houston Rockets (51-24) Cleveland Cavaliers (48-28)
Start of 2nd QuarterBack to Top
  11:42 Marion Layup Shot: Missed 
  11:39 Marion Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  11:36 Marion Jump Shot: Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  11:35  
Brewer 3pt Shot: Missed  11:29  
  11:27 Jones Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  11:18 Jones 3pt Shot: Missed 
Terry Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  11:17  
Smith Running Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS)  11:01
[HOU 28-23]
 
  10:40 Marion Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Terry (1 ST) 
Terry Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  10:29  
  10:29 Harris Substitution replaced by Irving 
  10:10
[CLE 25-28]
Irving Pullup Jump shot: Made (9 PTS) 
Brewer Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  09:55
[HOU 30-25]
 
  09:37
[CLE 27-30]
Irving Step Back Jump shot: Made (11 PTS) 
Papanikolaou 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Brewer (2 AST)  09:21
[HOU 33-27]
 
  09:08 Jones 3pt Shot: Missed Block: Smith (1 BLK) 
  09:08 Jones Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  09:05 Dellavedova 3pt Shot: Missed 
  09:04 Marion Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  09:04 Marion Tip Shot: Missed 
  09:03 Irving Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  09:01
[CLE 29-33]
Marion Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Irving (1 AST) 
Ariza Driving Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS)  08:47
[HOU 35-29]
 
  08:37
[CLE 32-35]
Irving 3pt Shot: Made (14 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  08:27  
  08:27 Dellavedova Substitution replaced by Love 
  08:27 Smith Substitution replaced by Thompson 
  08:27 Marion Substitution replaced by Miller 
Ariza Substitution replaced by Howard  08:27  
Smith Substitution replaced by Beverley  08:27  
Papanikolaou Substitution replaced by Motiejunas  08:27  
Howard Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Jones (1 ST)  08:12  
Motiejunas Foul: Personal (2 PF)  08:00  
Howard Foul: Personal (1 PF)  07:48  
  07:41
[CLE 34-35]
Miller Jump Shot: Made (5 PTS) 
Brewer Jump Shot: Missed  07:34  
  07:33 Team Rebound 
  07:23
[CLE 36-35]
Irving Step Back Jump shot: Made (16 PTS) 
Howard Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS)  07:02
[HOU 37-36]
 
Terry Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  06:52  
  06:52
[CLE 37-37]
Thompson Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
Terry Substitution replaced by Ariza  06:52  
Brewer Substitution replaced by Harden  06:52  
  06:52
[CLE 38-37]
Thompson Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
Beverley 3pt Shot: Missed  06:36  
  06:35 Love Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  06:23 Love 3pt Shot: Missed 
Beverley Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  06:22  
Harden 3pt Shot: Missed  06:06  
  06:05 Love Rebound (Off:0 Def:6) 
  05:59
[CLE 40-37]
Irving Floating Jump shot: Made (18 PTS) 
Beverley Foul: Offensive Charge (2 PF)  05:38  
Beverley Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  05:38  
  05:38  
  05:20 Thompson Jump Shot: Missed 
Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  05:19  
Motiejunas Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  05:05  
Howard Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  05:04  
  05:04 Love Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
Howard Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  05:04  
Team Rebound  05:04  
Howard Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  05:04  
Ariza Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  05:04  
Harden Finger Roll Layup Shot: Missed  04:56  
Howard Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  04:54  
Howard Tip Shot: Missed  04:54  
Howard Rebound (Off:3 Def:1)  04:52  
Ariza 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Howard (1 AST)  04:50
[HOU 40-40]
 
  04:25 Irving 3pt Shot: Missed 
Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  04:24  
Ariza 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Howard (2 AST)  04:07
[HOU 43-40]
 
  03:59 Team Timeout : Regular 
  03:59 Jones Substitution replaced by Dellavedova 
  03:50 Miller Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (2 TO) 
Beverley 3pt Shot: Missed  03:32  
  03:31 Miller Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  03:26
[CLE 42-43]
Irving Driving Layup Shot: Made (20 PTS) 
Harden Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS)  03:04
[HOU 45-42]
 
  02:39 Miller Running Jump Shot: Missed 
Howard Rebound (Off:3 Def:2)  02:36  
Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed  02:31  
Harden Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  02:30  
Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed  02:26  
  02:25 Love Rebound (Off:0 Def:7) 
  02:07 Love Turnaround Fadeaway shot: Missed 
Beverley Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  02:04  
Harden Running Jump Shot: Missed  01:58  
Harden Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  01:57  
Howard Turnover : 3 Second Violation (3 TO)  01:54  
Motiejunas Substitution replaced by Smith  01:54  
  01:54 Love Substitution replaced by Marion 
Beverley Substitution replaced by Terry  01:54  
  01:54 Miller Substitution replaced by Jones 
  01:30
[CLE 45-45]
Jones 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Marion (2 AST) 
  01:16 Thompson Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) 
Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 (8 PTS)  01:16
[HOU 46-45]
 
  01:16 Thompson Substitution replaced by Haywood 
Team Timeout : Short  01:16  
Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS)  01:16
[HOU 47-45]
 
  01:03 Haywood Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Ariza (4 ST) 
Harden 3pt Shot: Missed  00:49.9  
  00:48.8 Irving Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  00:42.9 Dellavedova 3pt Shot: Missed 
Ariza Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  00:41.8  
Smith Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Harden (6 AST)  00:34.9
[HOU 49-45]
 
  00:14.0
[CLE 48-49]
Irving 3pt Shot: Made (23 PTS) Assist: Dellavedova (3 AST) 
Harden Jump Bank Shot: Missed  00:02.0  
Howard Rebound (Off:4 Def:2)  00:01.0  
Howard Tip Shot: Missed  00:01.0  
Howard Rebound (Off:5 Def:2)  00:00.4  
End of 2nd Quarter
Houston Rockets (51-24) Cleveland Cavaliers (48-28)
Start of 3rd QuarterBack to Top
  11:41 Love Jump Shot: Missed 
  11:40 Thompson Rebound (Off:3 Def:0) 
  11:29 Dellavedova Floating Jump shot: Missed 
  11:26 Love Rebound (Off:1 Def:7) 
  11:26
[CLE 50-49]
Love Tip Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed  11:04  
Team Rebound  11:03  
Motiejunas Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Harden (7 AST)  10:55
[HOU 51-50]
 
Howard Foul: Personal (2 PF)  10:36  
  10:27
[CLE 52-51]
Thompson Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Howard Jump Hook Shot: Missed  10:07  
  10:06 Thompson Rebound (Off:3 Def:1) 
Beverley Foul: Personal (3 PF)  10:05  
  09:43
[CLE 54-51]
Irving Step Back Jump shot: Made (25 PTS) 
Beverley Floating Jump shot: Made (4 PTS)  09:28
[HOU 53-54]
 
  09:07
[CLE 56-53]
Love Jump Hook Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Miller (2 AST) 
Harden Driving Layup Shot: Missed  08:41  
  08:38 Love Rebound (Off:1 Def:8) 
  08:36 Love Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Ariza (5 ST) 
Harden Dunk Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Ariza (2 AST)  08:32
[HOU 55-56]
 
  08:20
[CLE 59-55]
Irving 3pt Shot: Made (28 PTS) Assist: Love (2 AST) 
Howard Jump Shot: Missed  08:01  
  08:00 Love Rebound (Off:1 Def:9) 
  07:46 Irving Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) 
Howard Slam Dunk Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Motiejunas (1 AST)  07:29
[HOU 57-59]
 
  07:29 Miller Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (1 FTA) 
Howard Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed  07:29  
  07:29 Team Rebound 
Ariza Foul: Loose Ball (1 PF)  07:29  
  07:13 Irving 3pt Shot: Missed 
Howard Rebound (Off:5 Def:3)  07:12  
Harden Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) Steal:Miller (2 ST)  07:08  
  07:01
[CLE 61-57]
Love Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Irving (2 AST) 
Howard Layup Shot: Missed  06:46  
Motiejunas Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  06:44  
Motiejunas Tip Shot: Made (6 PTS)  06:44
[HOU 59-61]
 
  06:29 Dellavedova Substitution replaced by Smith 
  06:29 Jump Ball Love vs Howard (Irving gains possession) 
  06:19
[CLE 63-59]
Irving Driving Layup Shot: Made (30 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  06:19  
Motiejunas 3pt Shot: Missed  05:58  
Howard Rebound (Off:6 Def:3)  05:57  
Howard Layup Shot: Missed Block: Smith (1 BLK)  05:54  
Ariza Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  05:52  
Beverley 3pt Shot: Missed  05:45  
Team Rebound  05:44  
Beverley 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Ariza (3 AST)  05:27
[HOU 62-63]
 
  04:58 Love Step Back Jump shot: Missed 
  04:55 Thompson Rebound (Off:4 Def:1) 
  04:49
[CLE 65-62]
Irving Driving Reverse Layup Shot: Made (32 PTS) 
Motiejunas Jump Hook Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Beverley (2 AST)  04:33
[HOU 64-65]
 
  04:18 Irving Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Harden Rebound (Off:2 Def:5)  04:16  
Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed  04:08  
Howard Rebound (Off:7 Def:3)  04:07  
Harden Finger Roll Layup Shot: Missed Block: Thompson (1 BLK)  03:59  
  03:57 Love Rebound (Off:1 Def:10) 
Motiejunas Foul: Personal Block (3 PF)  03:52  
Howard Substitution replaced by Smith  03:52  
Smith Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA)  03:48  
  03:48
[CLE 66-64]
Thompson Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
  03:48 Miller Substitution replaced by Harris 
Beverley Substitution replaced by Terry  03:48  
  03:48
[CLE 67-64]
Thompson Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS) 
  03:35 Smith Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
  03:35 Thompson Substitution replaced by Marion 
Harden 3pt Shot: Missed  03:20  
  03:18 Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  03:03
[CLE 69-64]
Irving Jump Shot: Made (34 PTS) 
Harden Driving Layup Shot: Made (13 PTS)  02:51
[HOU 66-69]
 
  02:37 Team Timeout : Regular 
  02:26 Smith 3pt Shot: Missed 
Ariza Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  02:25  
Harden Driving Layup Shot: Made (15 PTS)  02:21
[HOU 68-69]
 
  02:21 Smith Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (1 FTA) 
Harden Free Throw 1 of 1 (16 PTS)  02:21
[HOU 69-69]
 
  02:08 Irving Floating Jump shot: Missed 
  02:04 Love Rebound (Off:2 Def:10) 
  02:04
[CLE 71-69]
Love Tip Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Motiejunas Layup Shot: Missed  01:48  
Motiejunas Rebound (Off:2 Def:0)  01:47  
Motiejunas Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS)  01:47
[HOU 71-71]
 
  01:39 Irving Running Layup Shot: Missed 
Ariza Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  01:36  
Ariza Substitution replaced by Brewer  01:16  
Motiejunas Substitution replaced by Howard  01:16  
  01:12 Jump Ball Irving vs Harden (Smith gains possession) 
Harden Turnover : Lost Ball (5 TO) Steal:Irving (1 ST)  01:12  
  00:57.9 Love Layup Shot: Missed 
Terry Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  00:56.4  
Harden 3pt Shot: Missed  00:51.9  
Howard Rebound (Off:8 Def:3)  00:50.5  
  00:50.4 Harris Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Howard Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS)  00:50.4
[HOU 72-71]
 
  00:50.4 Irving Substitution replaced by Dellavedova 
Howard Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS)  00:50.4
[HOU 73-71]
 
  00:30.9 Marion Layup Shot: Missed 
  00:30.1 Love Rebound (Off:3 Def:10) 
  00:30.1
[CLE 73-73]
Love Tip Shot: Made (12 PTS) 
  00:07.3 Smith Foul: Personal (3 PF) (2 FTA) 
Howard Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  00:07.3  
Team Rebound  00:07.3  
  00:07.3 Marion Substitution replaced by Irving 
Smith Substitution replaced by Ariza  00:07.3  
Howard Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  00:07.3  
  00:06.4 Love Rebound (Off:3 Def:11) 
Brewer Foul: Personal (2 PF) (2 FTA)  00:06.4  
  00:06.4
[CLE 74-73]
Love Free Throw 1 of 2 (13 PTS) 
  00:06.4 Irving Substitution replaced by Marion 
Howard Substitution replaced by Smith  00:06.4  
  00:06.4 Love Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  00:04.9  
Harden Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (6 TO)  00:01.1  
  00:00.0 Smith 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 3rd Quarter
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Start of 4th QuarterBack to Top
Smith Running Bank shot: Made (11 PTS)  11:46
[HOU 75-74]
 
  11:30 Smith Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
Smith Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  11:17  
  11:03 Harris 3pt Shot: Missed 
Howard Rebound (Off:8 Def:4)  11:02  
Howard Slam Dunk Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Brewer (3 AST)  10:52
[HOU 77-74]
 
  10:31 Smith Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Brewer (2 ST) 
Beverley 3pt Shot: Missed  10:25  
  10:24 Marion Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  10:10
[CLE 76-77]
Thompson Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Dellavedova (4 AST) 
Howard Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (1 FTA)  10:10  
  10:10 Harris Substitution replaced by Irving 
  10:10 Smith Substitution replaced by Miller 
  10:10
[CLE 77-77]
Thompson Free Throw 1 of 1 (9 PTS) 
Brewer Jump Shot: Missed  09:58  
Howard Rebound (Off:9 Def:4)  09:57  
Howard Putback Dunk Shot: Made (12 PTS)  09:57
[HOU 79-77]
 
  09:43 Thompson Foul: Offensive Charge (4 PF) 
  09:43 Thompson Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
Beverley 3pt Shot: Missed  09:27  
Howard Rebound (Off:10 Def:4)  09:25  
  09:24 Irving Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Howard Free Throw 1 of 2 (13 PTS)  09:24
[HOU 80-77]
 
Howard Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  09:24  
Brewer Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  09:24  
Brewer Tip Shot: Missed  09:24  
  09:23 Miller Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  09:04 Miller 3pt Shot: Missed 
Howard Rebound (Off:10 Def:5)  09:03  
Terry Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO)  08:56  
  08:56  
  08:56 Marion Substitution replaced by Love 
  08:38
[CLE 79-80]
Dellavedova Jump Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Love (3 AST) 
Howard Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Smith (1 AST)  08:21
[HOU 82-79]
 
Terry Foul: Personal (2 PF)  08:02  
  07:58 Dellavedova Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
Smith Jump Shot: Missed  07:45  
Beverley Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  07:44  
Brewer 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Smith (2 AST)  07:30
[HOU 85-79]
 
Beverley Foul: Personal (4 PF)  07:18  
  07:11 Irving Jump Shot: Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  07:10  
Terry 3pt Shot: Missed  06:56  
  06:55 Team Rebound 
  06:55 Team Timeout : Regular 
  06:39 Love 3pt Shot: Missed 
Howard Rebound (Off:10 Def:6)  06:38  
Howard Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) Steal:Miller (3 ST)  06:22  
  06:16 Irving Layup Shot: Missed Block: Smith (2 BLK) 
Terry Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  06:14  
Brewer 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Terry (2 AST)  06:07
[HOU 88-79]
 
Beverley Foul: Personal (5 PF)  05:56  
  05:56 Miller Substitution replaced by Harris 
Beverley Substitution replaced by Ariza  05:56  
  05:48
[CLE 82-88]
Dellavedova 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Love (4 AST) 
Smith Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Thompson (1 ST)  05:30  
  05:08 Dellavedova 3pt Shot: Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  05:06  
  05:03 Harris Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
Brewer Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS)  05:03
[HOU 89-82]
 
Brewer Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS)  05:03
[HOU 90-82]
 
  04:45
[CLE 84-90]
Love Layup Shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Dellavedova (5 AST) 
Smith Jump Hook Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Terry (3 AST)  04:24
[HOU 92-84]
 
  04:01 Love Jump Shot: Missed 
Terry Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  04:00  
Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed  03:54  
  03:51 Love Rebound (Off:3 Def:12) 
Howard Foul: Shooting (4 PF) (2 FTA)  03:35  
Brewer Substitution replaced by Harden  03:35  
  03:35 Love Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  03:35 Team Rebound 
  03:35 Love Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Howard Rebound (Off:10 Def:7)  03:32  
Terry 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Harden (8 AST)  03:14
[HOU 95-84]
 
  03:00 Irving Jump Shot: Missed 
  02:58 Thompson Rebound (Off:5 Def:1) 
  02:55 Thompson Layup Shot: Missed 
Howard Rebound (Off:10 Def:8)  02:54  
Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed  02:47  
  02:46 Love Rebound (Off:3 Def:13) 
Ariza Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA)  02:40  
Team Timeout : Regular  02:40  
  02:40
[CLE 85-95]
Irving Free Throw 1 of 2 (35 PTS) 
  02:40
[CLE 86-95]
Irving Free Throw 2 of 2 (36 PTS) 
Harden 3pt Shot: Made (19 PTS) Assist: Terry (4 AST)  02:19
[HOU 98-86]
 
Terry Foul: Personal (3 PF) (2 FTA)  02:06  
  02:06 Dellavedova Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  02:06 Team Rebound 
  02:06
[CLE 87-98]
Dellavedova Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS) 
  01:50 Dellavedova Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Smith Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  01:50  
Team Rebound  01:50  
Smith Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  01:50  
  01:49 Team Rebound 
Howard Foul: Loose Ball (5 PF) (2 FTA)  01:49  
  01:49
[CLE 88-98]
Thompson Free Throw 1 of 2 (10 PTS) 
  01:49
[CLE 89-98]
Thompson Free Throw 2 of 2 (11 PTS) 
Harden Turnover : Lost Ball (7 TO) Steal:Harris (2 ST)  01:35  
  01:31
[CLE 91-98]
Love Layup Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Irving (3 AST) 
  01:17 Dellavedova Foul: Personal (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 (20 PTS)  01:17
[HOU 99-91]
 
Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 (21 PTS)  01:17
[HOU 100-91]
 
  01:17 Team Timeout : Regular 
Terry Substitution replaced by Brewer  01:17  
  01:12
[CLE 93-100]
Irving Driving Layup Shot: Made (38 PTS) 
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Harden (9 AST)  00:48.9
[HOU 103-93]
 
  00:42.9 Irving 3pt Shot: Missed 
Howard Rebound (Off:10 Def:9)  00:41.7  
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  00:18.9  
Team Rebound  00:16.9  
  00:16.1 Love Foul: Personal (3 PF) (2 FTA) 
Howard Free Throw 1 of 2 (16 PTS)  00:16.1
[HOU 104-93]
 
Harden Substitution replaced by Canaan  00:16.1  
Ariza Substitution replaced by Papanikolaou  00:16.1  
Howard Free Throw 2 of 2 (17 PTS)  00:16.1
[HOU 105-93]
 
  00:07.9 Irving 3pt Shot: Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  00:06.2  
End of 4th Quarter
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standings
w
l
l10
h
a
HOU
1st Southwest
56
26
7-3
30-11
26-15
CLE
1st Central
53
29
7-3
31-10
22-19
 
ppg
rpg
apg
bpg
spg
HOU
2 players 28.4
Howard 14.4
Harden 8.1
Howard 3.0
Harden 2.4
CLE
James 35.8
James 13.3
James 9.3
Mozgov 3.0
Irving 4.0