NBA Wrap: Howard, Rockets outlast Heat

NBA Wrap: Howard, Rockets outlast Heat
March 5, 2014, 1:00 am
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Dwight Howard put up 22 points and grabbed 16 boards as Houston beat Miami on Tuesday. (USA Today Images)

The Sixers' losing streak swelled to 15 with a loss to the Thunder on Tuesday, tying a record for the second-longest skid in team history (see story).

Here's a quick recap from around the league on Tuesday:

Rockets hold off LeBron, Heat
HOUSTON -- LeBron James was wiped out - and it showed.

Dwight Howard had 22 points and 16 rebounds, James Harden added 21 points and the Houston Rockets held James in check Tuesday night during a 106-103 win over the Miami Heat.

James had a chance to tie the game with a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer, but it was off - just like most of his second-half shots.

The four-time MVP finished with 22 points, one night after setting a club record with a career-high 61 against Charlotte. He acknowledged before Tuesday's game that he was "extremely tired" and that he spent most of the day sleeping.

James had 19 points by halftime, but appeared to drag at times in the second half and spent the first half of the fourth quarter on the bench. He was 1 for 7 after the break. (See full recap.)

With late shot, Warriors top Pacers
INDIANAPOLIS -- Klay Thompson seized the moment twice Tuesday night.

With a victory seemingly slipping away late in the third quarter, his quick scoring flurry helped Golden State regain control early in the fourth. Then, when it seemed the Warriors wouldn't be able to hold off Indiana's late charge, he knocked down a 12-foot turnaround jumper with 0.6 seconds to go, giving the Warriors a rare 98-96 victory in Indianapolis.

"We'll take any win we can get in this building," Thompson said. "This team is real good here. They're the best in the NBA (at home). To come here and get a win, it's huge, especially on this road trip."

Thompson was terrific in his dramatic closing act. He started the quarter by making his first three shots and finished with 16 of his 25 points over the final 12 minutes -- none bigger than the baseline fadeaway he hit over George Hill.

For the Warriors (37-24), it was a monumental victory. (See full recap.)

Clippers win 5th straight
PHOENIX -- Matt Barnes knows shooting nights like this are rare moments to be savored.

The 11-year NBA veteran scored 18 of his 28 points in the third quarter and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Phoenix Suns, 104-96, on Tuesday to match their season best of five victories in a row.

Barnes made 12 of his first 13 shots and scored 16 points in the first 5:09 of the third quarter.

"I felt like I got good looks every time," he said. "I found a little bit of space and was able to get the shot up. Every time it left my hands it felt good. One of those nights."

Blake Griffin added 22 points and Darren Collison had 18 for Los Angeles.

DeAndre Jordan had 10 points and 17 rebounds and blocked Goran Dragic's layup try with the Suns still in it with 41 seconds to go. (See full recap.)