Rockets beat Mavs, in playoffs; Warriors, Cavs lose

Rockets beat Mavs, in playoffs; Warriors, Cavs lose

Removes incorrect reference to Houston not making playoffs during 2015-16 season.

The slumping San Antonio Spurs lost 109-93 to the high-flying Houston Rockets in the National Basketball Association on Monday.

Harden had a 3-pointer and made three free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt to propel that spurt. Houston had its 17-game win streak snapped Friday in Toronto The Rockets broke the game open in the third quarter by hitting their first six 3s of the period and finished 17 for 45 from beyond the arc.

And these Spurs - even with LaMarcus Aldridge (sore knee) and Manu Ginobili (rest), who both sat out against the Rockets - look nothing like the perennial contenders who have made the playoffs each of the previous 20 seasons, the third-longest postseason streak in National Basketball Association history. The Rockets finished 17-for-45 from beyond the arc.Paul either scored or assisted on the first 20 points of the quarter and finished the quarter with 12 points and five assists as Houston outscored Dallas 32-16.The Rockets moved 1 1 / 2 games ahead of Golden State for the best record in the National Basketball Association after the Warriors lost to Minnesota earlier Sunday.

While the Rockets are fighting for the No 1 seed, the Spurs are mixed in an eight-team battle to make up the final playoff spots.

Houston ranks second in rebounds allowed per game (41.2) while San Antonio ranks 11th (42.5).

In the Rockets' last matchup, they won big over the Dallas Mavericks, 105-82.

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The Spurs were led by their bench unit against the Rockets, with rookie Derrick White posting a team-high 14 points, while Bryn Forbes also had 14. Harrison Barnes added 14.

The Rockets (52-14) rebounded in short order, produced eight third-quarter 3-pointers, and ultimately rolled to a 23-point victory despite Harden being sidelined by a sore left knee. Rudy Gay led San Antonio in scoring with 14 points on 7-for-14 shooting.

The Spurs rank fourth in blocks per game (5.5) while the Rockets rank 18th (4.6).

The Rockets are 50-11 when they score more than 100 points, while the Spurs are 30-10. Dorian Finney-Smith, who played Saturday after missing 51 with a quadriceps injury, sat out Sunday.

Briefly: Dallas guard Wesley Matthews has a broken bone in his lower right leg and is likely to miss the rest of the season. Harden is averaging 1.9 steals and 0.7 blocks per game, his one-on-one defense is solid, awareness on rotations and floor spacing is excellent and he is no longer a defensive liability that teams can exploit.

Mavericks: Start a four-game road trip Tuesday at the Knicks.

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