The Houston Rockets have sandwiched two double digit win streaks in between just one loss to get more and more comfortable at the top of the NBA. They were very comfortable the entire way on their home floor Tuesday night against the Chicago Bulls, as they won their 10th straight game, 1118-86. Eric Gordon had 31 points and tied a career high with eight three-pointers, as the Rockets cruised without their star, James Harden, who sat out for some rest. Trevor Ariza chipped in with 21 points, while Chris Paul had a double-double of 13 points and 10 assists in his return from a three-game absence due to a sore hamstring. The Rockets now become the first team since the 2011-2012 San Antonio Spurs to have three win streaks of at least 10 games in one season. The Rockets won 14 in a row from November 16-December 18, 17 straight from December 18th-January 7th, and now this impressive run. On the opposite end of that, the Chicago Bulls have dropped six in a row, as their sights are on the draft lottery. They did get Lauri Markkanen back from a back injury, as the young shooter had 22 points in a losing effort. The Bulls stay on the road to visit the Miami Heat on Thursday night. The Rockets have a favorable matchup in their next contest, which is at home against the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.
Wade, Heat Roll Past LeBron, Cavs
LeBron James and Dwayne Wade are best of friends away from the game, and fierce competitors on the court, and they are as even as can be, literally. Kelly Olynyk had 19 points on Tuesday night to lead the Miami Heat in a 98-79 rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers at the American Airlines Arena. The win puts Wade and James at a tie of 15-15 in 30 career matchups in the NBA, and Wade was all over his friend with two huge blocks in Tuesday's win. Josh Richardson and James Johnson added 15 points apiece for the Heat, who led by 20 at halftime, and have now on 10 of their past 11 on their home floor. They've also won seven consecutive games against the Cavaliers in Miami, as Wade helped that out with 12 points against the team that traded him back to Miami before the trade deadline in February. James had just 18 points in the loss for the Cavaliers, who lost Kevin Love to a possible concussion following an elbow to the head by Jordan Mickey just 1:22 into the game. He will not play Wednesday night against the Charlotte Hornets. The Cavaliers' point total of 79 is a season-low, beating out the previous mark of 88. They fell to 1-13 when being held under 100 points, while conversely being 43-17 when scoring more than 100. The Heat will stay home on Thursday night to host the Chicago Bulls. The Cavaliers are back at it on Wednesday night in Charlotte against the Hornets.
Blues End Sharks' Win Streak in Overtime
The San Jose Sharks have put themselves within striking distance of the Las Vegas Golden Knights in the Pacific Division with their recent hot streak, but the St. Louis Blues put a halt to that on Tuesday night. Valdimir Tarasenko scored twice, including the game-winner at 2:33 of overtime, to help the Blues snap the Sharks; eight-game win streak with a 3-2 victory. Tarasenko gave himself favorable position to tip-in the game winner past Aaron Dell for his 31st goal of the season, giving him 30 or more goals for a fourth straight year. He becomes the first Blues player to record that feat since Brett Hull had six straight such seasons from 1988-1994. The win makes the Blues the hottest current team in the Western Conference, as they have now won six in a row, four of which have come in overtime, and all of which have come in the past 11 days. Oskar Sundqvist also scored for St. Louis, who got 22 saves from Jake Allen. The Sharks got goals from Evander Kane and Joe Pavelski, as well as 29 saves from Dell, in a losing effort. They remain in second place in the Pacific as they get ready to visit the Nashville Predators on Thursday night. The Blues have themselves in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race as they move on to visit the Las Vegas Golden Knights on Friday night.