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re-flown rockets donated to exhibit as spacex readies for first re-flight


two of the world's first reusable rockets will soon go on display in california. orbital atk formally declared its donation of two rockets as spacex stands poised for its first falcon 9 stage re-flight.






lou williams leads rockets to easy 137-125 win over thunder


houston — lou williams scored 31 points off the bench, james harden finished with 22 points and 12 assists, and the houston rockets never trailed while cruising to a 137-125 victory over the oklahoma city thunder on sunday.russell westbrook had 39 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists for his second straight triple-double and his 36th this season, but harden led the rockets to a 25-point lead through three quarters in the matchup between top mvp candidates.trevor ariza and eric gordon added 24 points apiece for the rockets, whose lead was trimmed to eight on a 3-pointer by westbrook with about 90 seconds left. the rockets scored four quick points after that to secure the victory.boxscore: rockets 137, thunder 125harden left late in the game after crashing into the court and appearing to injur






will mini fusion rockets provide spaceflight's next big leap?


fusion-powered rockets that are only the size of a few refrigerators could one day help propel spacecraft at high speeds to nearby planets or even other stars, a nasa-funded spaceflight company says. another use for such fusion rockets is to deflect asteroids that might strike earth and to build manned bases on the moon and mars, the researchers say. rockets fly by hurling materials known as propellants away from them. conventional rockets that rely on chemical reactions are not very efficient when it comes to how much thrust they generate, given the amount of propellant they carry, which has led rocket scientists to explore a variety of alternatives over the years. [superfast spacecraft propulsion concepts (images)] an option now used in spacecraft is the ion drive, which generates thrust






rockets sign harden to $228 million deal, nba’s richest


las vegas (ap) — the houston rockets have signed star guard james harden to a four-year, $228 million contract extension, the richest contract in nba history.the rockets said saturday the extension will run through 2022-23 season but will not kick in until 2019. that means it will not affect their salary cap this season, so the rockets are free to continue their roster upgrade. they added chris paul earlier this summer.rockets owner leslie alexander says harden’s “incredible work ethic, desire to win, and passion to be the best” make him “the perfect leader in our pursuit of another championship.” harden says “houston is home for me.”he averaged 29.1 points and led the nba with 11.2 assists last season.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.espn first reported the terms






rockets rain down threes to defeat wolves


houston – newly hired rockets general manager daryl morey arrived with his massachusetts institute of technology education about the time tom thibodeau and his boss jeff van gundy were told to leave a decade ago.in the years that passed, neither thibodeau nor new houston coach mike d'antoni could have imagined how simple mathematics and the revelation that three is more than two would change the rockets or the nba.the rockets' 142-130 victory over the timberwolves saturday night, though, told the story as well as anything.in a league now where a high-percentage layup is good and a three-pointer is much better, the rockets attempted 58 three-pointers saturday, three away from their franchise record of 61.they sent the rockets and mvp candidate james harden on to a 42-18 record, the league's






rockets rain down threes to defeat wolves


houston - newly hired rockets general manager daryl morey arrived with his massachusetts institute of technology education about the time tom thibodeau and his boss jeff van gundy were told to leave a decade ago.in the years that passed, neither thibodeau nor new houston coach mike d’antoni could have imagined how simple mathematics and the revelation that three is more than two would change the rockets or the nba.the rockets’ 142-130 victory over the timberwolves saturday night, though, told the story as well as anything.in a league now where a high-percentage layup is good and a three-pointer is much better, the rockets attempted 58 three-pointers saturday, three away from their franchise record of 61.they sent the rockets and mvp candidate james harden on to a 42-18 record, the league’s






nba fines rockets owner $100,000 for confronting referee


new york — houston rockets owner leslie alexander has been fined $100,000 by the nba for confronting a referee during live game action.byron spruell, the nba's president of league operations, announced alexander's fine wednesday.the incident occurred tuesday in the final minute of the first quarter during the rockets' 105-99 victory over the oklahoma city thunder. alexander got up out of his courtside seat and walked toward bill kennedy. alexander then says something to kennedy before turning around and heading back to his seat.the rockets eliminated the thunder in five games and will face either the san antonio spurs or memphis grizzlies in the western conference semifinals.






hwasong-14 missile test: can north korea's rockets reach the us?


are north korean rockets capable of reaching american shores?






rockets get best of westbrook, eliminate thunder with game 5 win


despite westbrook's gaudy numbers, the rockets are moving on to the second round.        






rockets vs. spurs: five takeaways from game 4


the rockets knotted up the series with the spurs on sunday night.        






harden leaves with injury, but rockets beat lakers in double overtime


the lakers and the rockets came into sunday night’s game desperate for a win and they played like it.it took two overtime periods for the rockets to finally best the lakers. p.j. tucker scored off an offensive rebound to give the rockets a lead, then a defensive stop for the rockets sealed the lakers fate.the lakers lost to the rockets, 148-142, on new years eve, falling to 11-24 on the season while the rockets improved to 26-9. the loss extended the lakers’ losing streak to six. the rockets ended a five-game losing streak, which began with a loss to the lakers on dec. 20. that had been the franchise’s longest losing streak since january of 2013.julius randle started his second consecutive game, and reached double figures again, this time scoring 29 points with 15 rebounds, both season hig






nba fines rockets owner leslie alexander $100,000 for confronting referee – the


new york — houston rockets owner leslie alexander has been fined $100,000 by the nba for confronting a referee during live game action.byron spruell, the nba’s president of league operations, announced alexander’s fine wednesday.the incident occurred tuesday in the final minute of the first quarter during the rockets’ 105-99 victory over the oklahoma city thunder. alexander got up out of his courtside seat and walked toward bill kennedy. alexander then says something to kennedy before turning around and heading back to his seat.the rockets eliminated the thunder in five games and will face either the san antonio spurs or memphis grizzlies in the western conference semifinals.






harden lifts rockets to 111-96 win over grizzlies


houston — after beating houston in the first two meetings this season, memphis grizzlies coach david fizdale said he expected the rockets to come out swinging on saturday night.sure enough, the rockets jumped out to a 9-0 lead by draining three straight 3s in the first two minutes of the game and never looked back in their 111-96 win over memphis.james harden scored 38 points, and houston hit 16 of 45 (35.6 percent) from beyond the arc, including 6 of 14 from harden, who added eight assists and four rebounds. eric gordon added 26 points on 6 of 11 3-point shooting for houston."they had an edge tonight, which i expected," fizdale said. "they've got pride over there, and we had them 2-0 in the season series. we really expected them to come out hitting hard, but boy, they are tough when they'






james harden leaves because of an injury, but rockets beat lakers in double over


december is over, and for that the lakers can be thankful.sunday night came another close loss to an elite team, in a game in which the depleted lakers had no business being competitive.it took two overtime periods for the houston rockets to finally shake the lakers. p.j. tucker scored off an offensive rebound to give the rockets a 144-142 lead, then a defensive stop for the rockets and a lakers turnover sealed their fate.the lakers lost to the rockets 148-142 on new year’s eve, falling to 11-24 on the season while the rockets improved to 26-9. the loss extended the lakers losing streak to six. the rockets ended a five-game losing streak, which began with a loss to the lakers on dec. 20. that had been the franchise’s longest losing streak since january 2013.with the loss, the lakers closed






james harden leaves because of an injury, but rockets beat lakers in double over


december is over, and for that the lakers can be thankful.sunday night came another close loss to an elite team, in a game the depleted lakers had no business being competitive.it took two overtime periods for the houston rockets to finally shake the lakers. p.j. tucker scored off an offensive rebound to give the rockets a 144-142 lead, then a defensive stop for the rockets sealed the lakers fate.the lakers lost to the rockets 148-142 on new year’s eve, falling to 11-24 on the season while the rockets improved to 26-9. the loss extended the lakers losing streak to six. the rockets ended a five-game losing streak, which began with a loss to the lakers on dec. 20. that had been the franchise’s longest losing streak since january 2013.with the loss, the lakers closed a grueling month in which






james harden leaves because of an injury, but rockets beat lakers in double over


december is over, and for that the lakers can be thankful.sunday night came another close loss to an elite team, in a game in which the depleted lakers had no business being competitive.advertisementit took two overtime periods for the houston rockets to finally shake the lakers. p.j. tucker scored off an offensive rebound to give the rockets a 144-142 lead, then a defensive stop for the rockets and a lakers turnover sealed their fate.the lakers lost to the rockets 148-142 on new year's eve, falling to 11-24 on the season while the rockets improved to 26-9. the loss extended the lakers losing streak to six. the rockets ended a five-game losing streak, which began with a loss to the lakers on dec. 20. that had been the franchise's longest losing streak since january 2013.with the loss, the






iran launches 'advanced' rockets during military exercises


tehran, iran — iran's elite revolutionary guard has launched several sophisticated rockets during military exercises, iranian media reported on monday.the semi-official tasnim news agency , considered to be close to the revolutionary guard, said the launch of the "smart and advanced" rockets came during an annual three-day maneuver which began on monday in iran's central desert.later on monday, state tv showed footage of several rockets launching from the back of trucks in the desert.gen. mohammad pakpour, head of the revolutionary guards' ground forces told the channel that rockets with ranges of more than 100 kilometers (62 miles) as well as the fajr-3, fajr-4 and fajr-5 rockets, all believed to have under 100-kilometer range, were all successfully tested in the exercise.pakpour said the






nasa rockets launch to unveil mysteries of the northern lights


nasa launched three rockets into the aurora borealis on thursday (march 2) to study what happens to earth's upper atmosphere when it's bombarded with solar wind, or energetic particles that flow from the sun.






houston rockets owner les alexander to sell team for record $2.2 billion to tilm


it didn't take long for rockets owner les alexander to find a buyer.        






better west finals matchup -- rockets or spurs?


houston — the warriors locked up the rockets again in houston, holding them to 5-of-31 from 3 and beating them on tuesday night. you can read the full recap here.but if you’re here for the warriors all-82 podcast, it’s embedded below.espn’s ethan strauss joins the show to discuss the win and whether golden state would rather face the spurs or rockets in a potential west finals matchup. then draymond green gives some thoughts on the raiders move to las vegas.you can subscribe to the podcast on itunes, stitcher or soundcloud.






lakers surprise rockets with impressive win and stop their 14-game winning strea


at a timeout with 4:27 left in the game, kyle kuzma, lonzo ball, brandon ingram, corey brewer and andrew bogut walked off the court with a swagger.plenty of time remained on the clock, but they had an eight-point lead over the explosive houston rockets and everything seemed to be going their way. they were outmuscling the rockets for rebounds, they were contesting and disrupting their three-point shooting. they weren’t playing like a 10-win team missing two starters.it took a shorthanded scrappy group of players who tend to show off against the toughest competition to finally stop the houston rockets.the lakers snapped a 14-game winning streak by the rockets on wednesday night, beating houston 122-116. james harden scored 51 points, 14 of them in the fourth quarter. kyle kuzma, given a sur






nba roundup: rockets' losing streak reaches five games


the houston rockets won 25 of their first 29 games to notch the nba's best record, then quickly entered their worst tailspin in nearly five years.otto porter jr. scored 26 points, bradley beal and kelly oubre jr. had 21 each, and the washington wizards beat the rockets 121-103 friday night for houston's fifth straight loss. it's the longest skid for the rockets since dropping seven straight from jan. 9-19, 2013.nba scoring leader james harden matched his season low with 20 points for the rockets. chris paul returned after missing three games with a strained groin and had eight points and six assists in 26 minutes.houston had completed a 14-game winning streak before the alarming slide.“we just haven't had a rhythm in these last five games, quite frankly,” harden said. “we had pretty good s






will mini fusion rockets provide spaceflight's next big leap?


fusion-powered rockets that are only the size of a few refrigerators could one day help propel spacecraft at high speeds to nearby planets or even other stars, a nasa-funded spaceflight company says.






james harden, rockets beat pacers 118-95


indianapolis — james harden had 26 points and 15 assists and the houston rockets beat the indiana pacers 118-95 on sunday night.indianapolis native eric gordon had 21 points for houston, and clint capela had 20 points and 17 rebounds.houston led by 23 in the game that was hardly contested by indiana.the rockets overwhelmed the pacers from the start, jumping out to a 13-2 lead. houston continued to pile it on early and often, outscoring the pacers 24-9 during the first 6 minutes.the lone bright spot of the game for the pacers came in the second quarter when they managed to cut houston's lead to 39-34. victor oladipo had 28 points, and domantas sabonis added 17 off the bench for indiana, and lance stephenson had eight points and 10 assists.but the rockets were simply too much for the pacers.






harden helps rockets beat nets 117-103


houston — after rolling through the first quarter and building a sizeable lead over the brooklyn nets, james harden said the houston rockets' momentum was interrupted by something they hadn't seen in a long time — a zone defense.in houston's 117-103 win over brooklyn, harden scored 20 of his 37 points in the first quarter. when he took a break with 1:28 remaining in the first quarter, he was outscoring the nets 20-17 by himself, not to mention four assists at that point. he was 5-for-5 from 3-point range in the first quarter and finished 8-for-13.but when brooklyn went to a zone defense for the first time all season, harden said the rockets had to make adjustments."they went zone, and it kind of threw us for a loop," harden said. "we weren't making shots. that zone kind of messed us up a l






teague has 25 to lift pacers over rockets, 117-108


houston — jeff teague scored 25 points and the indiana pacers overcame a huge first-half deficit and withstood a late rally by houston to beat the rockets 117-108 on monday night.c.j. miles made a 3-pointer with 40.8 seconds left to make it 113-108, and teague made a pair of free throws after that to put the game out of reach. it was just the second win in nine games for the pacers and only their 10th road win of the season.the pacers rallied from 17 down in the first half and were up by 14 with about four minutes left. the rockets then used a 12-2 run to get within two with less than a minute remaining. lou williams was fouled while making an off-balance 3 to cap the run, but missed the ensuing free throw. miles followed with his 3.williams had 28 points to lead the rockets. james harden






injured chris paul won't face clippers


the game friday night was supposed to a matchup between the new-look clippers and former teammate chris paul, who requested a trade to the houston rockets last summer because he no longer wanted to be a part of the team’s future.but that matchup will not happen because paul is out after straining his left adductor during wednesday night in the loss to the lakers.so now it becomes a battle of the benches when the clippers meet the still-dangerous rockets with early mvp candidate james harden.“they are still a great team,” clippers center deandre jordan said. “we can’t take those guys lightly at all. we’ve got to come out and compete. it’s going to be a tough game.”it just won’t be the same without blake griffin (left knee), danilo gallinari (partially torn left glute), wesley johnson (sore






warriors absorb kevin durant’s absence in win over rockets – the mercury news


houston – so, the rockets did not have james harden to flail his arms up in the air seemingly every time he drove to the basket. so, the warriors did not have kevin durant to use his sharp footwork and shooting stroke to score from any spot on the floor.they had everything else, though, that ended in the warriors escaping with a 124-114 victory over the houston rockets. the warriors had stephen curry (29 points) and klay thompson (28) hitting shots from all over the court, as always. the rockets hard gerald green (29) doing the same thing in what marked the latest adventure for a swingman that struggled for the past decade staying long on any nba team. the warriors (31-8) had draymond green offering a mix of everything (17 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists) to become the franchise’s leader i






how to make rockets out of valentine's candy


valentine’s day candy is good for more than just giving your sweetheart diabetes or cavities. you can also make rockets out of it: here’s how.full story at youtube.more great diy. posted by josh urich






harden scores 30, rockets beat hornets 107-95


charlotte, n.c. — james harden had 30 points, 11 rebounds and eight ists, and the houston rockets beat the charlotte hornets 107-95 on thursday night for their third straight win.it was the 25th time harden has scored at least 30 points.harden was just 8 of 21 from the field and had nine turnovers, but turned up his play a notch down the stretch as the rockets over e a nine-point, third-quarter deficit.the rockets forced the hornets into a season-high 22 turnovers, leading to 27 points.patrick beverly had 17 points and montrezl harrell added 15 off the bench for the rockets (39-17)nic batum had 15 points and 10 ists for the hornets, who have lost eight of their last nine.the hornets built a 54-50 halftime lead, holding harden to 13 points on 3-of-12 shooting.but the game got away in the th






rockets sign harden to $228 million deal, nba's richest


las vegas — the beard has the richest contract in nba history.the houston rockets signed guard james harden to a four-year, $228 million contract extension saturday. the extension will run through the 2022-23 season. but with harden under contract on his existing deal for another two seasons, it will not affect houston's aggressive pursuit of free agents this summer as the rockets try to make a run at the golden state warriors."since he arrived in houston, james has exhibited the incredible work ethic, desire to win, and passion to be the best that has made him one of the most unique and talented superstars in the history of the game," rockets owner leslie alexander said in a statement issued by the team. "additionally, the commitment he has shown to our organization, the city of houston,






james harden himself can't explain his awful performance in rockets' loss


james harden had trouble explaining his 10-point showing in the rockets' embarrassing loss.        






without jimmy butler, bulls trail rockets 60-49 at halftime


shortly before the chicago bulls took the court to face the houston rockets on friday night, the team announced that leading scorer jimmy butler would not play due to a right heel contusion.the announcement e a few minutes after coach fred hoiberg said everyone was ready to go as the bulls made their second stop of a six-game road trip. butler was on the court for warmups before word e down that he would not play.at halftime, the rockets led 60-49. james harden led all scorers with 14 points -- including four three-pointers -- for the rockets. michael carter-williams, who started in place of butler, led the bulls with 11 pointsa source said butler's heel injury is not serious and the veteran guard tried to warm up but couldn't go. he should be day to day.butler was walking gingerly followi






harden scores 26, rockets hit 20 3s to beat clippers 122-103


los angeles — james harden scored 26 points and the houston rockets shot 20 of 52 on 3-pointers in a 122-103 victory over the los angeles clippers on wednesday night.ryan anderson added 23 points, including a team-high six 3s, as the rockets won for the seventh time in nine games and extended their nba record to nine games with 20 or more 3-pointers this season.nene added 16 points, while eric gordon, patrick beverley and clint capela had 14 apiece for houston, which outrebounded the clippers 62-35.in four games since the all-star break, the rockets, who lead the nba in 3-pointers made and attempted, have hit 72 on 206 attempts, an average of 18 of 52 from beyond the arc.chris paul had 16 points and 10 assists to lead the clippers, who lost for the third time in four games. blake griffin a






friday's recap: rockets 121, bulls 117 (ot)


james harden scored 42 points to lead the houston rockets over the chicago bulls 121-117 in overtime friday night at the toyota center.eric gordon added 21 for the rockets while michael carter-williams paced the bulls with 23.the bulls continued their six-game road trip without leading scorer jimmy butler, who was sidelined with right heel contusion that a source said is not serious.hurtingthe bulls lost center cristiano felicio to a right lower leg strain midway through the second quarter and he did not return.the startersbulls: taj gibson, michael carter-williams, robin lopez, dwyane wade and jerian grant.rockets: trevor ariza, ryan anderson, clint capela, patrick beverley and james harden.up nextat the kings, 9:30 p.m. monday; csn, wls-am 890.






paul leads rockets over hornets 108-96 for 11th straight win


houston — chris paul scored a season-high 31 points and james harden added 21 as the houston rockets extended their nba-best winning streak to 11 games with a 108-96 victory over the charlotte hornets on wednesday night.the rockets have won 17 of their last 18 games to improve to 22-4, the best record in the league.after allowing the pelicans to stick around before putting them away late in their last game, the rockets made sure this one was decided early. houston led by one late in the first before scoring 25 straight points over the end of that quarter and the beginning of the second to make it 49-23 and cruise to the easy win.dwight howard tied a season high with 26 points and had 18 rebounds and three blocks as the hornets continued to struggle on the road, where they've dropped nine o






harden scores 26, rockets hit 20 3s to beat clippers 122-103


los angeles — when the houston rockets get going the way they did wednesday night, all those 3-pointers become a blur.james harden scored 26 points and the rockets hit 20 of their first 39 attempts from beyond the arc in a 122-103 victory over the los angeles clippers.houston opened a 31-point lead early in the fourth quarter, so it didn't even matter that the rockets missed their last 13 tries from 3-point range."you don't really realize how many we are taking until you hear later because it's so naturally the way we play," said ryan anderson, who had 23 points and a team-high six 3s. "it's fun basketball when you trust the next guy to give up the shot and make the right play to get the open look."trailing 44-43 with 8:56 left in the second quarter, the rockets outscored los angeles 66-34






brussels suspect abrini formally investigated over paris attacks


image copyrightafp/gettyimage caption mohamed abrini be e known as the "man in the hat" after the brussels bombings brussels airport attack suspect mohamed abrini has been placed under formal investigation in france over the 2015 paris terror attacks, his lawyers say.mohamed abrini, dubbed the "man in the hat" after being filmed with the bombers who attacked brussels airport last march, was handed over to french authorities for a day so he could be charged.he was arrested last april in brussels.the gun and bomb attacks in paris on 13 november 2015 killed 130 people.who were the paris attackers?how the attacks on paris unfoldedwhat we know about the brussels attacksmohamed abrini was spotted in a car with key paris suspect salah abdeslam when it stopped at a petrol station in ressons two da