This is what NBA basketball is all about. When you've got powers from the Eastern and Western Conference facing off, you're guaranteed to get some thrilling action. And down late in the game, the Rockets used a spirited comeback to record a 123-120 home victory over the Celtics. What stood out? Here's our takeaways.
3. Rockets Showed Their Fight Late
When you're down nearly 10 points to the Celtics in the fourth quarter, most would think a game would be over. Not with the Rockets, though. Houston used a 12-2 run late in the game to take a 120-117 lead, which propelled them to their 122-120 win. In that run, Trevor Ariza had five-straight points. The veteran finished with 21 points. James Harden has a typical game, scoring 26 points and adding 10 assists.
2. Things Didn't Go Kyrie's Way
Plain and simple, it wasn't Kyrie Irving's night. Irving struggled from the floor, going 6-of-17 on his shot attempts. He finished with 18 points, which isn't the kind of performance Boston needed out of their star on the road. Even late, Irving banked in a free-throw when he was trying to miss, and didn't even hit the rim on another attempted missed free-throw to give the C's a shot to tie things up. Flush this one, Kyrie.
1. Eric Gordon Was the Player of the Game
On a team with Chris Paul and Harden, it's easy to get overlooked. Tonight, though, Eric Gordon had himself a tremendous performance. Coming off the bench, Gordon scored a game-high 29 points, knocking down seven 3-pointers. In his post-game interview, Harden was quick to give Gordon props. He deserved it.