Har­den’s 36 sees Rock­ets past Nets

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James Har­den had 36 points, 11 as­sists and eight re­bounds to lead the Hous­ton Rock­ets to their sev­enth straight win, 122-118 over the Brook­lyn Nets on Mon­day night. Eric Gor­don scored 24 points on 6-for-10 shoot­ing on 3-point­ers, and Ryan An­der­son added 19.for the Rock­ets. Hous­ton shot 17 for 43 on 3s, mak­ing at least 10 for an NBA-record 24th straight game. Brook Lopez scored 26 points and Sean Kil­patrick added 17 for the Nets. Brook­lyn trailed for much of the game un­til Joe Har­ris tied it at 118 with a layup with less than 40 sec­onds re­main­ing. Gor­don gave Hous­ton a two­point lead with a free throw with 11.9 sec­onds left, and the Rock­ets came up with a key steal on the en­su­ing in­bound pass. Gor­don then made two more from the line and the Rock­ets held on for the win.


Blake Grif­fin had 26 points and 12 re­bounds, Chris Paul had 21 points and 14 as­sists and Los Angeles held off Port­land to sweep the sea­son se­ries. J.J. Redick fin­ished with 19 points, hit­ting all eight of his free throws - in­clud­ing three in the clos­ing sec­onds to push Los Angeles’ lead to four points. Port­land’s Damian Lil­lard hit a 3-pointer with 1.7 sec­onds left for the fi­nal mar­gin. C.J. McCol­lum had 25 points and Lil­lard fin­ished with 24 points and eight as­sists for the Trail Blaz­ers, who lost their fourth straight. The game got testy in the fi­nal min­utes. Port­land cen­ter Ma­son Plum­lee was given a fla­grant foul for el­bow­ing Grif­fin in the face on layup. With 11 sec­onds left, Port­land for­ward Evan Turner and Los Angeles cen­ter DeAn­dre Jor­dan were ejected af­ter a brief skir­mish un­der the Clip­pers’ bas­ket.


Go­ran Dragic scored a sea­son-high 34 points, Has­san White­side had 17 points and 16 re­bounds and Miami beat Wash­ing­ton to snap a five-game slide. Dragic scored 13 points in the fourth for the Heat, who opened a sixgame home­s­tand. James John­son scored 14 off the bench for Miami, which won for only the third time in 11 games at home. John Wall scored 30 points and Bradley Beal added 29 for Wash­ing­ton, which is 0-2 against Miami this sea­son. Dragic made 14 of 23 shots, on his way to his best scor­ing night in a Heat uni­form.


De­Mar DeRozan scored 30 points, Ter­rence Ross added 25 and Toronto beat Mil­wau­kee for the sixth straight time. Jonas Valan­ci­u­nas had 13 re­bounds and 11 points for his team-lead­ing sev­enth dou­ble-dou­ble of the sea­son as the Rap­tors won for the 12th time in the last 13 meet­ings with the Bucks. Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo had a team-high 30 points and Jabari Parker chipped in with 27 as Mil­wau­kee lost its third straight. DeRozan’s free throw put the Rap­tors ahead for good with 2:52 left in the first quar­ter and they ex­tended the lead to 26 in the sec­ond quar­ter. The Bucks pulled within eight in the fi­nal minute of the third, but that was as close as they got.


Paul Ge­orge and Myles Turner scored 22 points each to lead In­di­ana past Char­lotte. Jeff Teague had 16 points, 11 as­sists and five re­bounds, and Rod­ney Stuckey added 14 points for the Pac­ers, who have won two straight since re­turn­ing home from a fiveg­ame road trip. Marco Be­linelli scored 14 points for the Hor­nets, Marvin Wil­liams and Ni­co­las Ba­tum each had 13 and Kemba Walker added 12. C.J. Miles made the go ahead 3pointer with 5.6 sec­onds re­main­ing in the third quar­ter to start an 11-1 run by the Pac­ers. It gave In­di­ana a 76-73 lead and Stuckey’s two free throws with 8:56 to play put the Pac­ers ahead 84-74.


DeMar­cus Cousins had 31 points, 16 re­bounds and five as­sists and Sacra­mento used a big third quar­ter to send slump­ing Los Angeles to a sev­enth straight de­feat in a game fea­tur­ing seven tech­ni­cal fouls. Af­ter five straight points by Cousins dur­ing one se­quence, Dar­ren Col­li­son hit con­sec­u­tive 3point­ers late in the third as the Kings outscored the Lak­ers 39-13 in the quar­ter on the way to just their sec­ond vic­tory in seven games. Col­li­son wound up with 20 points. First-year Lak­ers coach Luke Wal­ton was ejected at the 4:14 mark of the first quar­ter af­ter two tech­ni­cals in suc­ces­sion for ar­gu­ing, and he had to be held back by his play­ers near mid­court as he be­came en­raged af­ter Cousins knocked over Julius Ran­dle with no foul called. Ran­dle also re­ceived a T on the play and as­so­ciate head coach Brian Shaw took over. D’An­gelo Rus­sell, Shaw, Cousins and Lou Wil­liams also had tech­ni­cals.


Wesley Matthews scored 25 points and last­place Dal­las en­joyed a rare blowout, beat­ing list­less Den­ver. Har­ri­son Barnes had 18 points for the Mav­er­icks, who led 65-43 at the break. They ex­panded the mar­gin to their big­gest of the sea­son at 28 points in the third quar­ter and won con­sec­u­tive home games for the first time in an in­jury-plagued sea­son. The NBA’s worstshoot­ing team com­ing in at 41.5 per­cent, Dal­las shot 65 per­cent in the first half and a sea­son-high 58 per­cent for the game. The Mav­er­icks were 12 of 26 from 3-point range af­ter miss­ing six of their first seven. — AP

HOUS­TON: Brook­lyn Nets guard Isa­iah White­head (15) drives be­tween Hous­ton Rock­ets for­ward Trevor Ariza, left, and Clint Capela (15) in the sec­ond half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game on Mon­day, in Hous­ton. The Rock­ets won the game 122-118. — AP

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