Har­den has triple-dou­ble as Rock­ets beat Blaz­ers

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HOUS­TON: James Har­den posted his third triple dou­ble in five games and the Hous­ton Rock­ets turned of­fen­sive blitzed in the first and third quar­ters into a 126-109 vic­tory over the Port­land Trail Blaz­ers on Thurs­day night at Toy­ota Cen­ter. Har­den to­taled 26 points, 14 as­sists and 12 re­bounds to pace the Rock­ets (75) while they shot 48.4 from the floor in­clud­ing 14 of 32 on 3-point­ers. All five Hous­ton starters reached dou­ble fig­ures in points in­clud­ing guard Pa­trick Bev­er­ley, who scored 11 in his first start of the sea­son fol­low­ing pre­sea­son left knee surgery. For­ward Trevor Ariza scored 16 points while cen­ter Clint Capela added 15. Each chipped in seven boards. Guard Eric Gor­don added 16 points off the Hous­ton bench.

TIM­BER­WOLVES 110, 76ERS 86

An­drew Wig­gins scored 35 points and Karl An­thony Towns had 25 points and 10 re­bounds in a matchup of star young cen­ters as Min­nesota cruised to a vic­tory against Philadel­phia. Wig­gins added 10 re­bounds and four as­sists, while shooting 14 of 20 as two of the four youngest teams in the NBA met for a na­tion­ally tele­vised game show­cas­ing the young skill of play­ers like Wig­gins, Towns and Philadel­phia rookie cen­ter Joel Em­biid. Gorgui Dieng had his fourth dou­ble-dou­ble of the sea­son with 12 points and 10 re­bounds for Min­nesota, which won for the third time in five games. Dieng also helped limit Em­biid to 10 points and 10 re­bounds in 23 min­utes of ac­tion. It’s the sec­ond straight dou­ble-dou­ble for Em­biid and his third of the sea­son. But the 7footer en­tered the game lead­ing all rook­ies with 18 points per game.

HEAT 96, BUCKS 73

Dion Wait­ers scored 23 points and Mi­ami snapped a six-game los­ing streak with a win over Mil­wau­kee at Amer­i­canair­lines Arena. The los­ing skid was the long­est since 2008 for the Heat. The Heat got some re­venge against the Bucks, who had won their pre­vi­ous three meet­ings in Mi­ami. Even with the win, the Heat is just 2-6 in their past eight games against the Bucks. Point guard Go­ran Dragic, who had missed the past three games due to an in­jured left an­kle, re­turned to the start­ing lineup and con­tributed 16 points and four as­sists.

WIZARDS 119, KNICKS 112

John Wall had 23 points and 11 as­sists as Wash­ing­ton snapped a three-game los­ing streak with a win over New York. The Wizards re­turned home af­ter a de­mor­al­iz­ing 109-102 loss Wed­nes­day to a one-win Philadel­phia 76ers squad dur­ing which they trailed by as many as 24 points. Wash­ing­ton re­versed course dra­mat­i­cally by sink­ing 15 of 25 3point­ers and lim­it­ing New York’s of­fense for most of the game.

BULLS 85, JAZZ 77

Jimmy But­ler scored 20 points and Dwyane Wade added 18 to lead Chicago to its fourth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory, a de­ci­sion over Utah. Robin Lopez added 10 points and 12 re­bounds for the Bulls, who won their third con­sec­u­tive road game. Chicago over­came shooting 36.7 per­cent (33 of 90) from the floor by hold­ing Utah to 38.5 per­cent (30 off 78) from the field. Rudy Gobert scored 16 points, col­lected 13 re­bounds and blocked three shots to lead the Jazz. Dante Exum chipped in 14 points and Rod­ney Hood added 12 for Utah, which lost its sec­ond straight home game.

— AP

HOUS­TON: Hous­ton Rock­ets guard James Har­den (13) brings the ball up the court as he is de­fended by Port­land Trail Blaz­ers guard Evan Turner (1) in the sec­ond half of an NBA basketball game on Thurs­day, in Hous­ton.

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