Detroit's Blake Griffin had 31 points and six assists while Andre Drummond added 22 points and 18 rebounds, but the Pistons fell to the Heat 105-96. As a positive, Houston will have Paul and Capella for the game - two players who did not play in the December 28 game due to injuries.
Irving hit a layup, and Harden missed the second of two free throws with 7.4 seconds left to give the C's a chance.
The Celts missed two more shots and turned the ball over yet again on their next two possessions, and Chris Paul's two free throws gave Houston a 119-115 lead with 15 seconds to go.
Houston's Gordon made one of two free throws to make it 123-120 with 2.3 seconds remaining.
Gary Harris poured in a game-high 32 points and Will Barton added 23 as the Nuggets, coming off a 108-102 win at Memphis the night before, won for the sixth time in the past eight games. In their last game against Charlotte, Boston shot 62 percent off 54-of-87 shooting from the floor and shot 60 percent off 12-of-20 shooting from 3-point range, some of their best shooting numbers in more than four years.
James finished with 25 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds - his 13th triple-double this season - but Cleveland's lack of a dependable No. 2 scorer with Kevin Love out with a broken left hand continues to be a major problem.
Nearly two minutes into the second, the Rockets were finally able to get on the board to end the C's 14-0 run, which eventually turned into an 18-2 run and a 40-32 lead for the Celtics with just under 10 minutes to play in the half.
Isaiah Thomas added 21 points for the Lakers off the bench while Ball and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 18 each.
The Spurs lost their second straight game in which they never trailed until the final two minutes.
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Al Horford missed a three-pointer on Boston's next possession. After Gasol made two free throws to tie it, Ball hit another 3 to stun the Spurs' fans and electrify a large Lakers' contingent.
James Johnson scored 14 points, Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow each had 13 and Dwyane Wade added 11 for Miami. The Sixers have won nine of their last 11 while the Bucks have lost four in a row.
Up next, the Rockets travel to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder Tuesday night.
Houston were able to lock up their 15th straight victory, 10 of which came against teams with a.500 record or better. He had 21 points and was 5-7 from three-point.
Rudy Gobert had another double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Jazz.
The Jazz, who beat Minnesota on Friday, have back-to-back victories for the first time since their 11-game winning streak was snapped by Portland on February 23.
Houston's winning streak ties the second-longest in franchise history which was achieved two times during the Hakeem Olajuwon-era in the 1990s.
Houston then held on in the final minute, hitting 6-of-8 free throws in the last 15 seconds. Smart, Rozier and Greg Monroe also reached double figures for the second unit.
Ben McLemore scored 20 points for the Grizzlies. Jarell Martin added 19 points and 11 rebounds.