The Rockets claimed an impressive victory over the West-leading Warriors on Saturday night, 116-108, in Houston. Chris Paul and James Harden combined for 55 points, with Paul pitching in 11 rebounds and seven assists. Kevin Durant led the Warriors in scoring with 26 points.
In claiming the rubber match so far this season between the two teams, the Rockets snapped the Warriors’ 14-game winning streak, which was the third-longest road winning stretch in NBA history. The Warriors still lead the West with a 37-9 record, but the Rockets closed the deficit to 3.5 games with the win.
Rangers forward Vladislav Namestnikov skated in his first game at MSG since being acquired at the trade deadline from the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Twelve members of the gold medal-winning U.S. women’s Olympic hockey team were honored during the first period. … Rangers F Pavel Buchnevich skated in his 100th game. … Rangers F Mika Zibanejad missed the game with the flu. … Rangers D Kevin Shattenkirk skated with the team in practice for the first time since having a knee operation in January. … Winnipeg sent goalie Michael Hutchinson to the AHL to make room for Mason. … Defenseman Toby Enstrom missed his fourth consecutive game.
Greg Wyshynski and Emily Kaplan take a deep dive into the NHL postseason bubble and cover Alex Ovechkin’s chase for 600 goals. They also welcome former Penguins and Sabres coach Dan Bylsma of the NHL Network to talk hockey analytics, as well as Kings broadcaster Patrick O’Neal of Fox Sports Los Angeles. Listen ?
Peters: I think I’d want to go into a situation where it feels more like the ground level. That’s the way I view the Coyotes at this point. I like their prospects and young players on the roster. You’ve got a great No. 1 in Oliver Ekman-Larsson and while his production slowed, I still think Clayton Keller is a cornerstone player long term. The big caveat here: How much am I going to get to spend? Despite the recent overhaul on D, Arizona might have to do even more there and I don’t think it’s necessarily going to get solved at the draft — unless the Coyotes win the lottery and get Rasmus Dahlin. The roster I’d least want to have at this point is