Har­den, Rock­ets snap War­riors’ 12 game win streak in 2 OTs

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James Har­den notched his fourth triple-dou­ble of the sea­son with 29 points, 15 re­bounds and 13 as­sists, and the Hous­ton Rock­ets out­lasted the War­riors 132-127 in dou­ble overtime Thurs­day night to end Golden State’s 12-game win­ning streak. Har­den put his team ahead on a 30-footer with 3:12 left in the sec­ond overtime and hit a pair of free throws with 2:10 to go fol­low­ing a fla­grant foul on Dray­mond Green. Eric Gor­don fol­lowed Har­den’s free throws with a float­ing jumper and scored 23 off the bench as Hous­ton snapped an eight-game skid to the War­riors, who lost MVP Stephen Curry with 3:25 left in the last ex­tra ses­sion when he was whis­tled for a charge. Ryan An­der­son also scored 29 with five 3-point­ers and the teams com­bined to shoot 88 3s, 44 apiece. Kevin Du­rant matched his sea­son high with 39 points to go with 13 re­bounds. Green had 20 points, 15 re­bounds and nine as­sists. Curry scored his team’s first six points in the ini­tial overtime and fin­ished with 28 points and five as­sists.


J.J. Redick scored 23 points, Blake Grif­fin matched a ca­reer high with 11 as­sists and Los Angeles bounced back from a bru­tal loss with a vic­tory over Cleve­land, which has lost two straight for the first time as de­fend­ing NBA cham­pion. Chris Paul scored 16 and De­An­dre Jor­dan had 15 re­bounds for the Clip­pers, who blew an 18 point lead and fell in dou­ble overtime at Brook­lyn on Tues­day. Los Angeles took con­trol with a 13-2 run to open the third quar­ter. Kyrie Irv­ing scored 28 and LeBron James 16 for the Cavs, who were out­played for the sec­ond game in a row. Cleve­land lost at Mil­wau­kee on Tues­day, when coach Ty­ronn Lue pulled his starters in the sec­ond half and J.R. Smith wan­dered off the floor dur­ing play and gave up an easy bas­ket.


Kemba Walker scored 18 points and Char­lotte beat Dal­las for its third win in the last four games. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 14 points and Jeremy Lamb had 12 off the bench for the Hor­nets, who re­mained in first place in the South­east Di­vi­sion. Har­ri­son Barnes scored 17 points and Justin An­der­son added 15 for the Mav­er­icks, who have lost 10 of their last 11 games. The Hor­nets led by two when Walker drained a long 3pointer to beat the shot clock with 3:51 to give his team the spark it needed. Lamb fol­lowed with a driv­ing layup that re­sulted in a three­p­oint play to push the lead to 86-78. The Mavs would bat­tle back be­hind Barnes to cut the lead to three, but Lamb hit two free throws and Walker buried a 3-pointer from the right wing with 41 sec­onds left.


Marc Ga­sol scored 25 points, in­clud­ing a pair of free throws with 12.2 sec­onds re­main­ing to give Mem­phis a vic­tory over Or­lando. Ga­sol’s free throws com­pleted a 14point come­back in the fourth quar­ter as Mem­phis snapped a two-game los­ing streak. Troy Daniels fin­ished with 19 points for the short-handed Griz­zlies, who dressed nine play­ers due to in­juries. An­drew Har­ri­son had 11 points and eight as­sists. Evan Fournier scored 28 points for the Magic, while Nikola Vuce­vic had 18 points and 11 re­bounds. Jeff Green scored 12 of his 14 points early in the fourth as Or­lando built a dou­ble-digit lead.

BUCKS 111, NETS 93

Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo had 23 points, eight re­bounds and eight as­sists, Jabari Parker scored 22 points and Mil­wau­kee beat Brook­lyn. Mal­colm Brog­don and Tony Snell each added 13 points for the Bucks, who fol­lowed their im­pres­sive vic­tory over Cleve­land with their third straight win. Brook Lopez scored 15 points, Sean Kilpatrick had 14 and Bo­jan Bog­danovic added 13 for the Nets, who out­lasted the Los Angeles Clip­pers in overtime on Tues­day and were try­ing to win con­sec­u­tive games for the first time this sea­son. The Bucks con­tin­ued their dom­i­nance of the Nets since Ja­son Kidd left Brook­lyn for the Mil­wau­kee coach­ing job. Mil­wau­kee led by one in the third quar­ter when the Bucks went on a 14-2 run to go up 77-64. Mil­wau­kee took a 90-78 lead into the fourth quar­ter, led by An­te­tok­oun­mpo’s 11 points in the third, and never looked back.


OAK­LAND: Golden State War­riors’ Kevin Du­rant (35) falls onto Hous­ton Rock­ets’ Pa­trick Bev­er­ley dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game Thurs­day, in Oak­land, Calif. Hous­ton won 132-127 in dou­ble overtime.

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