HOUSTON — Terrence Jones isn’t where he was before an extended absence because of a leg injury.But if Friday night is any indication, he’s getting pretty close.Jones scored a season-high 26 points, James Harden made the tiebreaking free throw with 43 seconds left and followed that with a jumper, and the Houston Rockets beat the Brooklyn Nets 102-98.Jones also led the Rockets with 12 rebounds, in his 11th game back since missing almost three months with nerve inflammation in his left leg.“I still have a little bit of issues here now and then, but right now I’m feeling very comfortable out there, just bringing a lot of energy and I think it’s helping out the team a lot,” Jones said.Coach Kevin McHale was impressed with his work on Feb. 27. “He had some good putbacks and finished around the basket,” McHale said. “He’s looking good and we needed that tonight.”Harden, who played after spraining his right ankle on Feb. 25, shot just 4 for 15 for 15 points, but had 12 assists in a game where five Rockets scored in double figures.“The beauty of this team is that we’ve been good battling adversity all year,” Harden said. “This is another case where we didn’t let it get to us, we just stayed relaxed and made the right plays down the stretch.”The Rockets won their fourth straight overall and have defeated the Nets eight straight times in Houston.Mason Plumlee and Deron Williams had 15 points apiece for the Nets.“We felt like we kind of gave that one away,” Williams said. “That was our game to have and we just made a couple of mistakes and we didn’t get a stop when we needed it.”The game was tied with 43.6 seconds left when rookie Markel Brown fouled Harden away from the ball before Houston got the ball in after a timeout, and he made the free throw.Harden then crossed Brown over and stepped back to hit a jump shot to make it 98-95, smiling broadly and doing a little shoulder shake to celebrate the basket.Williams made a layup to cut Houston’s lead to one, but Jason Terry made a pair of free throws to push it to 100-97. Joe Johnson made a free throw for Brooklyn after that, but Jones made two free throws to secure the victory.The Nets were up by five after a tip-in by Brook Lopez with 2 1/2 minutes left before a basket by Jones and a 3-pointer by Pat Beverley tied it at 95.Houston led by a point early in the fourth quarter when Alan Anderson got the Nets going, scoring the first five points of a 9-0 run that made it 86-78 with 7 minutes left.The Rockets broke an almost four-minute scoring drought on a basket by Donatas Motiejunas with 6 minutes remaining and Trevor Ariza’s 3-pointer a few seconds later cut Brooklyn’s lead to 86-83.Brooklyn scored five quick points to stretch the lead to eight before Houston used a 7-2 spurt, capped by a three-point play by Ariza, to get within 93-90 with 3 minutes left.Brooklyn was up by five with about 5 minutes left in the first half before Houston used an 8-2 run to take its first lead of the game at 51-50. The Nets closed the quarter with a 7-2 run to take a 57-53 lead at halftime.(KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
KPL Selebwa: I don’t remember last time AFC Leopards lost Seth Willis Last updated 2 years ago 20:58 26/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Goal Kenya. KPL Mathare United v Leopards Mathare United Leopards AFC Leopards booked a final berth with Kariobangi Sharks on Sunday after downing Vihiga United by a solitary goal in Nakuru AFC Leopards team manager Gilbert Selebwa is adamant that his side has what it takes to win GOtv Shield title.Ingwe booked a final berth with Kariobangi Sharks after downing Vihiga United by a solitary goal at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on Sunday.Alexis Kitenge penalty was all the nine-time league champions needed to set a date with Sharks, who defeated Sony Sugar 2-0 in another semi-final. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Selebwa, the immediate former Muhoroni Youth coach, believes that Ingwe will clinch GOtv Shield title through thick or thin.”I do not remember the last time AFC Leopards lost a match in a final. They always push to get a win and since this is the only silverware that we have in our disposal, there is no two ways about it.”That does not mean that we are underrating Sharks, they are a good side and are even doing well in the league,” Selebwa told Goal.Though Selebwa admits that Ingwe are not in their best form, he remains optimistic that the team’s attitude will play a key role in the final.”Our team is not that strong, our mentality has been the main reason why we have been doing well in this tournament and it will once again push us to the top.”The winner of this competition will represent the nation in Caf Confederations Cup next year.