NBA

more stats

NBA Preview from The Sports Network



Monday, March 24th (All times Eastern)

Houston Rockets (47-22) at Charlotte Bobcats (34-36), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Rockets haven't missed a beat with Dwight Howard's recent absence and will try for a fourth straight win without the All-Star center Monday against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Howard has missed Houston's last three games -- all wins -- with a balky knee and had fluid drained from it last week. MRI results revealed a cyst in the left ankle and Howard is doubtful for Monday's game. Howard is averaging 18.6 points and 12.4 rebounds.

The Rockets improved to 8-3 in their last 11 games with Saturday's 118-111 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, as James Harden pumped in 37 points and handed out 11 assists.

"I let the game come to me. If the shot is there for me, I take it. If the pass is there, I make sure I make the right pass every time. If the drive is there, I take the drive," said Harden, who is fifth in the NBA with 24.8 ppg. "It's just a matter of me using my basketball instincts and going out there and just playing."

Houston is 12-5 in games Harden scores 30-plus points. Harden is averaging 26.7 points in his last seven games for the Rockets, who fended off a fourth- quarter rally by the Cavs to push their road record to 19-15. The Rockets also stopped a three-game road slide.

The Rockets went 30-for-34 from the free throw line and received 16 points from Chandler Parsons and 15 out of Patrick Beverly. Terence Jones and Jeremy Lin scored 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Houston, which has a 21-5 record against teams from the East and a 26-9 mark overall since Jan. 1, is third in the NBA with 106.9 ppg and is averaging 124.0 ppg during the three-game winning streak. The team is fourth in the Western Conference -- just 1 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Rockets will host the Philadelphia 76ers and Clippers on an upcoming homestand.

Charlotte enters Monday's matchup with the Rockets on a high note and dispatched the Portland Trail Blazers 124-94 on Saturday. The Bobcats opened a three-game homestand and scored a season high in points. They are 21-4 this season when they score 100-plus points, including 12-1 at home.

Al Jefferson (28), Kemba Walker (26) and Gerald Henderson (23) reached the 20- point mark and Chris Douglas-Roberts added 11 for Charlotte, which opened the game on a 17-4 run, shot 52 percent from the field and committed just five turnovers. The win lifted Charlotte to a 7-3 mark in the last 10 games.

"We came out with a big win against a good team tonight," Walker said. "We just went hard as possible out there and see what happens."

The Bobcats have won nine of their last 10 home games, averaging 103.9 ppg in that period, and own a 20-15 record at Time Warner Cable Arena. They are 9-5 as the host versus the West and sit seventh in the Eastern Conference standings -- two games behind Washington and two ahead of Atlanta.

Charlotte will also welcome the Brooklyn Nets to town on the stay.

Meanwhile, Jefferson will try to take advantage of Houston inside and has scored 20 or more points in 27 of his last 33 games, posting and average of 25.4 points and 10.7 rebounds in that span.

Jefferson is averaging 25.2 points in the team's wins this season and will most likely battle Rockets big man Omer Asik, who has started the last three games and is averaging 11.0 points and 8.3 rebounds over that stretch.

Houston defeated Charlotte, 96-83, back on Oct. 30 in Space City, as Harden led the way with 21 points and Howard followed with 17 points and 26 rebounds. The Rockets have won six straight and 14 of the 19 matchups with the Bobcats, and are 5-4 lifetime in Charlotte.

03/24 10:29:18 ET

Other Stories

  • ACC: Clemson at NC State

    Tonight at 9:00 on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: NC State at Georgia Tech

    Saturday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Arkansas at Florida

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA: Waste Management Phoenix Open

    Saturday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: Duke at Notre Dame

    Tonight at 7:30 on 620am

  • ACC: NC State vs. Clemson

    Tonight at 9:00 on WRAL-FM

  • SEC: Kentucky at Missouri

    Tomorrow at 9:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NHL: Hurricanes vs. St. Louis

    Friday at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 4
TAM 2
7:30pm Tonight
ND
DUKE
 
8:30pm Tonight
SAN
CHA
 
9:00pm Tonight
NCSU
CLEM
 
9:00pm Tonight
MEM
ECU
 
Final
IND 91
TOR 104
Final
DET 95
CLE 103
Final
MIA 102
MIL 109
Final
DAL 90
MEM 109
Final
GSW 111
CHI 113
Final
LAL 92
WAS 98
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
DET
 
7:00pm Tonight
CLE
POR
 
7:30pm Tonight
TOR
SAC
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
BOS
 
8:00pm Tonight
ATL
BRK
 
8:00pm Tonight
HOU
DAL
 
8:00pm Tonight
NOP
DEN
 
8:00pm Tonight
NYK
OKC
 
8:30pm Tonight
SAN
CHA
 
9:00pm Tonight
UTA
LAC
 
10:30pm Tonight
PHO
WAS
 
Final
AKR 59
BST 47
 
Final
KSU 63
CMICH 53
 
Final
VCU 72
GWU 48
Final
TOL 70
UMO 65
 
Final
MICH 58
NEB 44
Final
BGU 56
NILL 46
 
Final
EMICH 76
OHIO 40
 
Final
VT 70
PITT 67
Final
LAS 53
STJOE 48
Final
TULA 55
TULSA 62
Final
UGA 70
VANDY 62
Final
KYST 59
WVU 65
Final
BUF 77
WMICH 71
 
Final
GEOR 53
XAV 66
Final
EVAN 89
INDST 78
 
Final
ORU 94
TABOR 53
 
Final
OKST 64
BAY 53
9:00pm Tuesday
PROV 0
DEP 0
 
Final
ALA 50
UF 52
9:00pm Tuesday
RUTG 0
MSU 0
 
Final
ARK 69
TENN 64
Final
AUB 61
TEXAM 71
Final
UTST 56
WYO 44
Final
SDST 58
FRES 47
Final
CALST 79
SDCHR 54
 
Final
NEV 62
UNLV 67
Final
BSU 82
COLST 78
7:00pm Tonight
VERM
GTDNS
 
7:00pm Tonight
NAVY
AMER
 
7:00pm Tonight
UMBC
BING
 
7:00pm Tonight
JMU
DEL
 
7:00pm Tonight
RICH
DUQ
 
7:00pm Tonight
UNCW
ELON
 
7:00pm Tonight
USB
HART
 
7:00pm Tonight
WMARY
HOF
 
7:00pm Tonight
COL
LAF
 
7:00pm Tonight
PSU
MINN
 
7:00pm Tonight
MAINE
UNH
 
7:00pm Tonight
DREX
NE
 
7:00pm Tonight
FORD
RIU
 
7:00pm Tonight
SFLA
SMU
 
7:00pm Tonight
MARQ
SHU
 
7:00pm Tonight
LSU
SCAR
 
7:00pm Tonight
UCF
TEMPL
 
7:00pm Tonight
LONG
UNCA
 
7:00pm Tonight
FSU
WAKE
 
7:00pm Tonight
CCAR
WINT
 
7:00pm Tonight
OU
WRST
 
7:30pm Tonight
ND
DUKE
 
7:30pm Tonight
GHND 0
HC 0
 
7:30pm Tonight
CSOU
RAD
 
7:30pm Tonight
OKLA
TTU
 
8:00pm Tonight
BRAD
DRAK
 
8:00pm Tonight
BUCK
LEH
 
8:00pm Tonight
WICHS
LOYC
 
8:00pm Tonight
ILLST
MIZST
 
8:00pm Tonight
PEAY
MORE
 
8:00pm Tonight
SDKST
NEOM
 
8:00pm Tonight
ARST
ORST
 
8:00pm Tonight
HOU
RICE
 
8:05pm Tonight
SILL
NIOWA
 
9:00pm Tonight
NCSU
CLEM
 
9:00pm Tonight
MEM
ECU
 
9:00pm Tonight
MIAMI
GT
 
9:00pm Tonight
PURD
IND
 
9:00pm Tonight
TCU
KU
 
9:00pm Tonight
BC
LOU
 
9:00pm Tonight
MISS
MSST
 
9:00pm Tonight
CREI
STJ
 
10:00pm Tonight
SJST
AFA
 
10:00pm Tonight
ARZ
OREG
 
11:00pm Tonight
WASH
STAN
 
Final
PHI 4
ARI 3
Final
NYI 4
NYR 1
Final
CLB 4
WAS 3
Final
PIT 5
WIN 3
Final
MON 3
DAL 2
Final
FLA 4
DET 5
Final
CAR 4
TAM 2
Final
NAS 4
COL 3
Final
CAL 4
BUF 1
Final
EDM 1
MIN 2
Final
VAN 0
ANA 4
7:30pm Tonight
NJD
TOR
 
8:00pm Tonight
WAS
PIT
 
10:30pm Tonight
LOS
CHI