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Pelicans end season with win over playoff-bound Rockets

U.S. Sports Desk, Apr 17 (EFE).- Guard Tyreke Evans contributed 25 points and 10 assists as the New Orleans Pelicans ended their season with a 105-100 win over the Houston Rockets. Already assured of home-court advantage in Houston's first-round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers, Rockets coach Kevin McHale rested James Harden and Chandler Parsons for Wednesday night's contest against New Orleans (34-48). The Pelicans also got 18 points from Austin Rivers and 15 from Anthony Morrow, while Troy Daniels scored 22 for Houston in the losing effort.

Pelicans top Rockets in regular season finale

Pelicans top Rockets in regular season finale NEW ORLEANS -- For the Houston Rockets, the only season that counts begins at home Sunday night with their playoff opener against the Portland Trail Blazers. That is why after their 105-100 loss Wednesday night to the New Orleans Pelicans in a regular-season finale, which had no bearing on playoff seeding, the Rockets focused exclusively on the road ahead.

Preview: Spurs at Rockets

The Houston Rockets wrap up what has been a phenomenal home performance when they host the San Antonio Spurs on Monday. Houston, which entered Sunday a game up on Portland in the battle for the fourth seed and homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs, is 32-8 at home and can tie the 2008-09 edition for the most wins at the Toyota Center with a victory in the finale. The Rockets rallied for a 111-104 triumph over New Orleans on Saturday to snap a two-game skid and remain ahead of the Trail Blazers.

Rockets rally to top undermanned Pelicans

Rockets rally to top undermanned Pelicans HOUSTON -- Having staggered through a pair of ugly road losses in Denver and Minnesota, the Houston Rockets gave indication early Saturday night that a return home had little influence on their effort. That was before guards James Harden and Jeremy Lin converted back-to-back driving layups to complete a comeback from a 15-point deficit in a 111-104 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans at Toyota Center.

Preview: Rockets at Nuggets

The Houston Rockets put up 130 points the last time they played the Denver Nuggets, and they needed nearly every one of them. The Rockets will try to pull out a fourth straight victory when they visit the Nuggets on Wednesday. Houston is attempting to lock down the No. 4 spot in the Western Conference and is 2 1/2 games clear of the Portland Trail Blazers after scoring an NBA season-high 145 points in a rout of the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.

Preview: Rockets at Nuggets

The Houston Rockets put up 130 points the last time they played the Denver Nuggets, and they needed nearly every one of them. The Rockets will try to pull out a fourth straight victory when they visit the Nuggets on Wednesday. Houston is attempting to lock down the No. 4 spot in the Western Conference and is 2 1/2 games clear of the Portland Trail Blazers after scoring an NBA season-high 145 points in a rout of the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.

Rockets clinch NBA playoff berth

(Reuters) - The Houston Rockets grabbed their 50th win of the year to clinch a place in the NBA playoffs courtesy of a 111-107 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday. Houston improved to 50-25 and are fourth in the competitive Western Conference. James Harden scored 39 points and added nine rebounds and seven assists in the win which was achieved without Dwight Howard or Patrick Beverley.

Rockets take down Thunder behind Harden's 39

Rockets take down Thunder behind Harden's 39 HOUSTON -- The Houston Rockets had numerous options from which to choose in terms of added motivation on Friday night, from their nagging three-game losing streak, their opportunity to clinch a postseason berth and their unnerving lack of success against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

NBA: Durant equals Jordan but Rockets hang on for win

Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant notched his 40th straight NBA game with 25 points or more on Friday, but it wasn't enough to hold off the Houston Rockets. Houston's James Harden scored 39 points, grabbed nine rebounds and handed out seven assists to lead the Rockets to a 111-107 victory that secured their post-season berth. Durant scored 28 points for the playoff-bound Thunder, matching Michael Jordan's streak of 40 straight games of 25 points or more in the 1986-87 season.

NBA: Results and standings

Results and standings on Thursday in the NBA: LA Clippers 107, Dallas 113 Oklahoma 106, San Antonio 94 Standings (w l pct gb) Eastern Conference Atlantic Division Toronto 43 32 .573 --- Brooklyn Nets 40 34 .541 2.5 New York Knicks 33 43 .434 10.5 Boston 23 52 .307 20 Philadelphia 16 59 .213 27 Central Division Indiana 53 23 .697 --- Chicago 43 32 .573 9.5 Cleveland 31 45 .408 22
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