Korver, Hawks use late push to hold off Rockets

Kyle Korver scored seven of his game-high 22 late to help Atlanta hold on for a 104-97 win.



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Atlanta Hawks vs. Houston Rockets 12/20/14: Video Highlights and Recap

Two of the NBA‘s hottest teams squared off on Saturday night when the Houston Rockets took on the Atlanta Hawks. The Rockets saw a three-game win streak snapped their last time out and faced another stern test from the Hawks, who had won two straight and 11 of their last 12. 

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The Houston Rockets GM Basically Called Kentucky An NBA Team

Kentucky is currently giving UCLA one of the biggest beatdowns college basketball has seen in recent memory.
The No. 1-ranked Wildcats (11-0) allowed just seven points through 20 minutes of play and now lead the Bruins (8-3) by nearly 40 points. It’s the type of shellacking you’d see if an NBA team played a college team. 
It makes sense. In the eyes of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, Kentucky is an NBA team. 

One nice thing when U R watching Kentucky, U get 2see how players on the other team would do against an NBA team #UKvsUCLA
— Daryl Morey (@dmorey) December 20, 2014

Kentucky is probably the most physically gifted college basketball team of all-time, with eight or nine future NBA players on its roster.
If the Wildcats can get past No. 4 Louisville Dec. 27, many analysts believe they’ll become the first team to go undefeated through an entire season since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers. 

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James Harden Injury: Updates on Rockets Star’s Hamstring and Return

The Houston Rockets appear to have avoided a scare as James Harden is dealing with a hamstring injury.

Jenny Dial Creech of the Houston Chronicle had the details of the 25-year-old’s newest malady, which forced him to leave Saturday night’s game against the Hawks:

However, the Rockets reported the Harden would return:

While Harden has dealt with minor injuries here and there, he has been an impressive model of health through the first five seasons of his career, missing a total of just 23 games. He averaged a whopping 38.5 minutes per contest (regular season and playoffs) his first two years in Houston but sat out just 12 games.

An All-NBA First Team selection in 2013-14, Harden poured in 25.4 points with an efficient true-shooting percentage of 61.8 to go with 4.7 rebounds and a career-high 6.1 assists per game. Equally capable of taking opponents off the bounce or getting white-hot from distance, he finished fourth in the NBA in offensive win shares.


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Atlanta Hawks vs. Houston Rockets: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

After dropping their last game to the New Orleans Pelicans, the Houston Rockets will look to make headway in a loaded Western Conference Saturday night when they host the Atlanta Hawks.

Having won 10 of their previous 12 contests prior to the New Orleans matchup, the Rockets (19-6) are very much in the playoff picture and will vie for a top spot in April. Meanwhile, Atlanta (18-7) has won 11 of its past 12 and will look to carry its momentum into Houston.

Back for his fourth game since missing 11 straight with a knee injury, Dwight Howard will be available for Houston in the post to counter a talented Hawks interior headlined by Al Horford.

Meanwhile, guards Jeff Teague and James Harden will look to set the tone for their respective offenses and lead each’s perimeter attack.

Check back before tipoff for commentary coverage throughout Saturday night’s matchup between two red-hot teams.


Tipoff8 p.m. ET


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Rockets acquire Timberwolves swingman Brewer (Yahoo Sports)

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 14: Corey Brewer #13 of the Minnesota Timberwolves takes a shot against the Los Angeles Lakers on December 14, 2014 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Houston Rockets made a move to bolster their depth on the perimeter on Friday, obtaining veteran swing man Corey Brewer from the Minnesota Timberwolves in a three-team trade that also included the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Wolves trade Corey Brewer to the Rockets

A couple teams in the state of Texas are sure looking to shake up the NBA’s Western Conference. A day after the Dallas Mavericks acquired Rajon Rondo, it appears that the division-rival Houston Rockets have picked up a solid piece.
According to Yahoo Sports NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Rockets have acquired forward Corey Brewer from the Minnesota Timberwolves in a three-player deal. 
Brewer, an original lottery pick of the Timberwolves back in 2007, is averaging 10.5 points and nearly four rebounds per outing this season. He also leads the Association with 2.3 steals per game.
The veteran will likely play an important reserve role behind Trevor Ariza at the three, but he can also play shooting guard when asked to.
Houston used the trade exception it acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers in the Jeremy Lin deal to pick up Brewer’s contract.
Heading to Minnesota is veteran guard Troy Daniels, backup forward Ronny Turiaf, a second-round pick in 2015 and a future second-round pick.
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AP source: Rockets acquire Timberwolves’ Brewer (Yahoo Sports)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A person with knowledge of the agreement tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to trade veteran swingman Corey Brewer to the Houston Rockets for Troy Daniels and two future second-round picks.

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T’wolves, Rockets land Brewer trade

The Timberwolves’ rebuilding continues as the Rockets add veteran depth for a title push.



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Davis, Pelicans drop Rockets

Davis has 30 points, 14 rebounds, leads New Orleans to a 99-90 win over Houston Rockets



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