Sweet 16 for Houston Rockets

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The Houston Rockets recorded their 16th consecutive win by beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 122-112.

Chris Paul finished with 25 points while James Harden recorded 23 points and 11 assists for the Rockets, who are on their second-longest winning streak in franchise history.

Houston top the Western Conference standings with 50 wins and 13 losses, but need to reel off six more wins to match the record set by the 2007-08 Rockets.

Their closest rivals, the Golden State Warriors, earned their 50th victory of the season as they toppled the Brooklyn Nets 114-101.

Stephen Curry scored 34 points and became the seventh player in Warriors history to make 5,000 career field goals.

The Washington Wizards had their best three-point shooting night of the season with a 117-113 overtime victory against the Miami Heat.

The Wizards made 14 of 24 three-pointers to snap their three-game losing streak, as Bradley Beal scored 30 points.

Eastern Conference leaders the Toronto Raptors won for the 12th time in 13 games, defeating the Atlanta Hawks 106-90.

DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points, while Jonas Valanciunas added 15.

Meanwhile, Robert Covington finished with 22 points in the Philadelphia 76ers’ 128-114 win over the Charlotte Hornets, while Yogi Ferrell shot a season-high 24 points as the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Denver Nuggets 118-107.

Damian Lillard scored 37 points as the Portland Trail Blazers made it eight wins in a row with a 111-87 victory over the New York Knicks while the New Orleans Pelicans recorded their ninth consecutive success by toppling the Los Angeles Clippers 121-116.