Rock­ets drain record 24 three point­ers in win over Pel­i­cans

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HOUS­TON: James Har­den had his sixth triple­dou­ble of the sea­son and the Hous­ton Rock­ets made an NBA-record 24 3-point­ers in a 122100 win over the New Or­leans Pel­i­cans on Fri­day. Har­den had 29 points, 13 as­sists and 11 re­bounds for his 15th ca­reer triple-dou­ble, pass­ing Ha­keem Ola­ju­won for the most in fran­chise his­tory. Ryan An­der­son made Hous­ton’s 24th 3-pointer with 32 sec­onds re­main­ing, and the crowd roared in cel­e­bra­tion of the record. In pick­ing up its ninth straight win, the Rock­ets at­tempted 61 3s - mak­ing 39.3 per­cent - to shat­ter their own record of 50 tries set ear­lier this sea­son. They broke the NBA record for 3s made in a game, shared by Hous­ton in 2013 and Or­lando in 2009. Eric Gor­don added 29 points on 7-for-12 shoot­ing from 3 for the Rock­ets. An­thony Davis scored 19 points in 22 min­utes for New Or­leans.

HAWKS 125, RAP­TORS 121

Dwight Howard had 27 points and 15 re­bounds, Den­nis Schroder scored 24 points and At­lanta snapped Toronto’s four-game win streak. Kyle Korver had a sea­son-high 19 points, in­clud­ing a sea­son-best six 3-point­ers, for At­lanta. Howard’s dou­ble-dou­ble was his 17th of the sea­son. DeMar DeRozan had 34 points for the Rap­tors, while Kyle Lowry added 27. Down 113-97 with 7:10 to go, the Rap­tors went on a 14-4 run to get within six points on DeRozan’s dunk with 3:47 to play. The teams then ex­changed the next six bas­kets. Schroder con­verted a free throw with 6.7 sec­onds left to re-es­tab­lish a four-point At­lanta edge, and Lowry’s miss on a 3 with 1.9 sec­onds left ended Toronto’s come­back ef­fort.

WIZARDS 122, PIS­TONS 108

John Wall had 29 points and 11 as­sists, lead­ing a Wash­ing­ton of­fense that com­mit­ted a sea­son-low five turnovers against Detroit. Bradley Beal added 25 points and Marcin Gor­tat had 12 to go with 14 re­bounds for Wash­ing­ton, which also set a sea­son high for points in its fourth win in five games. Ken­tavi­ous Cald­well-Pope scored 24 points to lead the Pis­tons. An­dre Drum­mond added 13 points and 12 re­bounds on a night when the teams com­bined for 11 play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures. The Pis­tons be­gan the day as the league’s leader in fewest turnovers per game and only had nine against the Wizards. But the league’s sec­ond-best de­fen­sive team trailed most of the evening and by dou­ble dig­its for al­most all of the sec­ond half.

BUCKS 95, BULLS 69

Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo had 22 points, 11 as­sists and seven re­bounds, and Mil­wau­kee routed Chicago for a sweep of their home­and-home se­ries. Greg Mon­roe added 14 points and 12 re­bounds, and fel­low re­serve Mirza Tele­tovic fin­ished with 13 points. The Bucks (13-12) had dropped four of five be­fore the pair of wins against the Bulls. Chicago (1313) shot 30 per­cent and lost for the sixth time in eight games in the opener of a three-game home­s­tand. Nikola Mirotic did not play for the sec­ond straight night af­ter he missed the pregame walk­through, and Taj Gib­son ex­ited in the third quar­ter with a bruised hip. Dwyane Wade scored 12 points for the Bulls, booed off the floor as the fi­nal sec­onds ticked off. Jimmy But­ler was held to seven on 3-for14 shoot­ing.

LAK­ERS 100, 76ERS 89

Julius Ran­dle scored nine of his 25 points in a dom­i­nant first quar­ter and Los An­ge­les snapped an eight-game los­ing streak with a vic­tory over Philadel­phia. Lou Wil­liams added 18 points, and D’An­gelo Rus­sell and Nick Young had 15 apiece for the Lak­ers. They were play­ing the third game of a seven-game, 12day trip - their long­est of the sea­son. Joel Em­biid scored 15 points for the 76ers. They have dropped eight straight at home to fall to an NBA-worst 6-20.

CLIP­PERS 102, HEAT 98

Blake Grif­fin scored 20 points, Chris Paul and J.J. Redick each added 17 and Los An­ge­les held off Mi­ami for its fourth con­sec­u­tive win. DeAn­dre Jor­dan had an of­fen­sive re­bound off a missed free throw and scored the clinch­ing bas­ket with 7.7 sec­onds left for the Clip­pers, fin­ish­ing off his 12-point, 19re­bound night. Go­ran Dragic had 21 points and 11 as­sists, Jus­tise Winslow scored 15 and Wayne Elling­ton added 13 points be­fore leav­ing in­jured for the Heat. Has­san White­side had 11 points and 17 re­bounds.

CELTICS 96, HOR­NETS 88

Isa­iah Thomas scored 16 of his 26 points in the sec­ond half and Al Hor­ford had 18 points and five blocked shots as Bos­ton beat Char­lotte to stop a three-game slide. Avery Bradley and Jae Crow­der added 12 points apiece for the Celtics, who held the Hor­nets to 13 field goals in the sec­ond half. Char­lotte played with­out lead­ing scorer Kemba Walker, who did not travel with the team due to per­sonal rea­sons, and lost its fourth straight. Ni­co­las Ba­tum led the Hor­nets with 22 points and 10 re­bounds.

MAGIC 118, NETS 111

Nikola Vuce­vic had 21 points and 10 re­bounds in his re­turn to the lineup, Evan Fournier also scored 21 and Or­lando beat Brook­lyn to snap a six-game home los­ing streak. Fournier scored 11 straight points in the fi­nal 2:26, go­ing 8 for 8 from the free throw line af­ter the teams were tied at 106. Serge Ibaka had 18 points and 10 re­bounds, and D.J. Au­gustin scored 17 for the Magic. Brook Lopez had 22 points and five blocked shots for the Nets be­fore foul­ing out with 20.1 sec­onds to play. Brook­lyn has lost eight straight on the road. Rod­ney Hood pulled up for a 3-pointer in tran­si­tion with 0.8 sec­onds left that gave Utah the win af­ter a fu­ri­ous rally by Dal­las in the fourth quar­ter. Dal­las used a 9-0 run late in the fourth to tie the score at 100 be­fore Hood grabbed the re­bound of Deron Wil­liams’ miss and pushed the ball up the floor. He drained a 26-footer from the left side to send Utah to its 10th vic­tory in 12 games. Fol­low­ing a time­out, the Mav­er­icks had one more chance to tie it. But an in­bounds pass de­flected off Har­ri­son Barnes’ hands, and time ex­pired. Rudy Gobert posted his sixth straight dou­ble-dou­ble with 16 points and 10 re­bounds. Hood fin­ished with 15 points. Barnes led the Mav­er­icks with 21 points, and Wil­liams added 18 points and seven as­sists against his former team.

KINGS 96, GRIZ­ZLIES 92

De­Mar­cus Cousins scored 22 points, Kosta Koufos had 16 points and 13 re­bounds, and Sacramento weath­ered a late Mem­phis rally. Gar­rett Tem­ple added 17 points and Darren Col­li­son had 11 for the Kings in coach Dave Jo­erger’s re­turn to Mem­phis, where he coached the Griz­zlies un­til they fired him last spring. Marc Ga­sol led Mem­phis with 20 points. The Kings led by 11 with 4 min­utes left, but Tony Allen scored two bas­kets and Troy Daniels con­verted a pair of 3-point­ers, the last one with 55 sec­onds left to trim Sacramento’s lead to 95-92. The Griz­zlies had a chance to tie, but Mike Con­ley - just back from in­jury - missed a lean­ing 3 point at­tempt with 3.9 sec­onds re­main­ing.

JAZZ 103, MAV­ER­ICKS 100

—AP

HOUS­TON: Hous­ton Rock­ets’ Nene Hi­lario (42) goes up to shoot against the New Or­leans Pel­i­cans dur­ing the first half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game Fri­day, in Hous­ton.

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