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Eric Gordon has never been named to an NBA All-Star team, but was voted Sixth Man of the Year in 2017.

Last Sunday at TD Garden, Gordon, a shooting guard and starter for Houston, scored 32 points as the Rockets held on for a 115-104 win over Boston.

Houston shooting guard James Harden dropped in a game-best 42 points and fouled out with 1:44 left.

“It’s good to have our team together and healthy,’’ said Harden, who played locally at Artesia High and tallied 40 points for the 24th time this season. “We’re desperate, too.’’

Last Sunday Gordon scored 32 points as the Rockets held on for a win over Boston.

When Harden scores at least 40 points, the Rockers are 18-6 and the onetime Arizona State star is coming off a 58-point outing and victory over the Miami Heat.

When Gordon (11 of 18 and eight of 12 from three-point range) made one of two free throws with 50 seconds left, the Rockets led 113-104.

The Rockets converted 21 of 51 from three-point range (41.2 percent) and the Celtics eight of 28 (28.6 percent).

Houston (38 of 80 for 47.5 percent) was without the services of power forward Kenneth Faried.

Houston entered the fourth period ahead 100-78 as point guard Chris Paul (15 points with a game-best 12 assists and six rebounds) hit a trey with about 25 seconds left.

At the end of the third frame, Harden (14 of 31 and six of 18 on three-pointers) scored 37 points while Gordon, who played one season at the University of Indiana and drafted seventh by the Clippers in 2008, had 31.

Boston (38-26), which went 5-6 in February and 1-5 since the All-Star break, cut the deficit to 100-86 with 9:44 left in the fourth on a dunk by small forward Gordon Hayward (six points with four assists).

Harden’s three-pointer with 3:20 left gave the Rockets, who own a five-game winning streak, a 112-100 cushion.

Houston sprinted to a 12-6 lead on a slam by center Clint Capela (eight points with a team-best nine boards) and 7:54 remaining in the first.

Behind Harden’s 13 points and Gordon’s 11, Houston (38-25) dove ahead 33-23 heading into the second period.

The Rockets led 44-33 with 6:51 left in the second and 56-36 when Harden (seven rebounds and four assists) scored with just under four minutes on the clock.

Houston led 65-43 at the half as Harden poured in 23 points and Gordon had 20.

Point guard Kyrie Irving (team-best 24 points, team-high nine caroms and a team-best six assists) had 14 points for the Celtics (37 of 77 for 48.1 percent).

Rick Assad has written about sports for the Pasadena Star-News and Los Angeles Times. Contact him at yankeespride55@gmail.com.

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The Sports Department Rick Assad has written about sports for the Pasadena Star-News and Los Angeles Times. Contact him at richsports5@sbcglobal.net.

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