Harden nets triple-dou­ble; Nuggets win

LeBron’s 33 points fall short

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James Harden pro­duced a triple­dou­ble as the Hous­ton Rock­ets found their of­fense with a 117-113 vic­tory over the Cleve­land Cava­liers on Thurs­day.

Harden tal­lied a game-high 35 points with 11 re­bounds and 13 as­sists, in­clud­ing a bril­liant feed to Clint Capela for an al­ley-oop dunk af­ter for­ward P.J. Tucker did the dirty work by dig­ging out a loose ball on the floor late in the con­test.

Harden snagged the pass from the seated Tucker, tossed the ball at the bas­ket, and Capela added the fin­ish­ing touches for a four-point lead with 70 sec­onds to play.

“We found an­other way to win the game,” Harden said. “It’s go­ing to be a lot of games like this through­out the sea­son and post­sea­son.”

It marked the sec­ond triple-dou­ble of the year for Harden and the Rock­ets’ fourth con­sec­u­tive NBA win.

LeBron James led Cleve­land with 33 points and seven as­sists, though he com­mit­ted nine turnovers. Jeff Green scored 27 points on 11-of-15 shoot­ing off the Cava­liers’ bench.

“Things just didn’t go our way tonight,” said James.

Eric Gor­don scored 20 points for Hous­ton, and Capela added 19 points and 13 boards.

In Den­ver, Em­manuel Mu­diay scored a sea­son-high 21 points while Paul Mill­sap tal­lied 17 points and seven as­sists in the Den­ver Nuggets’ 102-94 de­feat of the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der.

Mill­sap also tied a ca­reer high with six blocks. Nikola Jo­kic con­trib­uted 15 points and 11 re­bounds, while Will Bar­ton and Ma­son Plum­lee scored 13 each off the bench for the Nuggets, who earned their sixth win in eight games.

Carmelo An­thony led Ok­la­homa City with 28 points to tie a sea­son high, mov­ing him into 24th place on the NBA all­time scor­ing list, pass­ing Allen Iver­son.

Rus­sell West­brook had 13 points, seven re­bounds and a sea­son-low five as­sists for the Thun­der, who have lost four straight.

Else­where, John Wall and Bradley Beal com­bined for 45 points as the Wash­ing­ton Wiz­ards gained some re­venge and hope­fully some needed con­fi­dence with a 111-95 win over the Los Angeles Lak­ers.

Otto Porter con­trib­uted 20 points and 11 re­bounds for the Wiz­ards, who had lost five of seven start­ing with a 102-99 road loss against the Lak­ers on Oc­to­ber 25.

Wash­ing­ton, who im­proved to 6-5 on the sea­son, also stopped a three-game home los­ing streak dur­ing which they al­lowed an av­er­age of 122 points per game.

Brook Lopez and Jor­dan Craw­ford each had 15 points as seven Lak­ers scored in dou­ble fig­ures. Ken­tavi­ous Cald­well-Pope and Kyle Kuzma each scored 13, while Julius Ran­dle had 11 for the strug­gling Lak­ers.

The team’s rookie guard Lonzo Ball had an­other poor shoot­ing night while run­ning the of­fense. Ball, who en­tered shoot­ing 29 per­cent from the floor, fin­ished three of 12 over­all and one of seven on three-point tries.

Ball wasn’t alone as Los Angeles shot 36 per­cent from the field and com­mit­ted 19 turnovers in their sec­ond road game in as many nights.

By com­par­i­son the Wiz­ards drained 51.8 per­cent of their field-goal at­tempts, scored 50 points in the paint and led by as many as 21 points.

Wash­ing­ton shot 60 per­cent from the field and scored its most points in any first half this sea­son for a 69-56 half­time lead.

LeBron James (No.23) of the Cleve­land Cava­liers dunks the ball dur­ing the game against the Hous­ton Rock­ets on Thurs­day.

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