Harden tops 40 again as Rockets win at Clippers
LOS ANGELES: Guard James Harden scored a season-best 46 points to spark the Houston Rockets to a 109-105 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. Center Dwight Howard finished with 20 points and 20 rebounds for the Rockets (4-3), who posted their fourth consecutive win. Forward Marcus Thornton chipped in 16 points. Forward Blake Griffin had 35 points, 11 rebounds and five assists to lead Los Angeles (4-2), which lost its second straight game and played without point guard Chris Paul (sore right groin).
Warriors 103, Kings 94
Golden State survived a dreadful shooting night at Sleep Train Arena to beat Sacramento and remain the NBA’s lone unbeaten team. Stephen Curry scored 24 points and Klay Thompson added 18, nailing a key three-pointer to cap off a decisive 16-5 run by the Warriors. Andre Iguodala scored 14 points, Harrison Barnes added 13 and Festus Ezeli had 10 points and 12 rebounds for Golden State.
Bucks 94, Nets 86
Greg Monroe scored 20 points and Jerryd Bayless added 19 off the bench as Milwaukee extended its winning streak to four games with a victory over Brooklyn at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Monroe hit 8-of-16 shots and was 4-for-5 from the freethrow line but failed to record a doubledouble for the first time this season, finishing with eight rebounds.
Bayless scored 14 of his points in the second half, as the Bucks broke a 55-55 halftime tie with a 23-point third quarter and took a 78-72 lead into the fourth.
Mavericks 107, Pelicans 98
Despite the season being less than two weeks old, both Dallas and New Orleans took the floor with a sense of desperation. The Mavericks avoided a winless opening homestand by pulling away in the final period to top the injury-ravaged Pelicans at American Airlines Center.
Timberwolves 102, Bulls 93 (OT)
Guard Andrew Wiggins scored 31 points as the Minnesota Timberwolves outlasted the Chicago Bulls for a 102-93 overtime win. Rookie center Karl-Anthony Towns scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to post his third double-double in five games. Forward Nemanja Bjelica added 17 points and 11 rebounds off the bench for Minnesota.
Magic 105, 76ers 97
Guard Elfrid Payton scored 12 of his season-high 20 points in the final 7:45 as the Orlando Magic held off the Philadelphia 76ers. Payton led seven players in double figures for Orlando, with forward Evan Fournier scoring 17, Victor Oladipo (15), Dewayne Dedmon (12) and guard Mario Hezonja 11.
Hawks 114, Wizards 99
Forward Kent Bazemore had a careerhigh 25 points and the Hawks pulled away with a finishing kick after a cold shooting start for a 114-99 victory over the turnoverplagued Washington Wizards. Forward Paul Millsap added 21 points as the Hawks forced 25 turnovers.
Spurs 114, Hornets 94
Small forward Kawhi Leonard scored 23 points as the San Antonio went berserk offensively in the third quarter of a 114-94 win over the Charlotte Hornets. The Spurs shot 55.6 percent for the game, but it was not until their 42-point explosion in the third quarter that they took control. Guard Manu Ginobili knocked down three threepointers and point guard Patty Mills added another one in the middle of a 24-2 run late in the third that turned a six-point deficit into an 89-73 advantage.
Jazz 89, Grizzlies 79
Guard Trey Burke led all scorers with 24 points and sizzled with six three-pointers while the Utah Jazz defense stifled the struggling Memphis Grizzlies in a 89-79 victory. Forward Gordon Hayward had another solid outing after a slow start to the season, scoring 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting while Derrick Favors contributed 12 points and 16 rebounds. Guard Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 20 points while center Marc Gasol, who has been dealing with a neck strain, totaled 13 points and 10 rebounds. — Reuters