Greg Monroe

Rockets extend streak to 15 with 123-120 win over Celtics

The Houston Rockets know people understand how good they are on offense.

They hope games like this one showcase that they can play pretty good defense, too.

Eric Gordon scored 29 points off the bench, James Harden had 26 points and 10 assists, and the Rockets outlasted the Boston Celtics 123-120 on Saturday night to extend their winning streak to a season-high 15 games.

"Defensively we are very equipped to get stops," Trevor Ariza said. "So we have a lot in this locker room."

Houston trailed by six before using a 10-2 run, with the last five points coming from Ariza, to take a 117-115 lead with 1:16 remaining. Ariza made a 3-pointer...