Har­den tops 40 again as Rock­ets win at Clip­pers

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Kuwait

© PressReader. All rights reserved.