Harden lifts Rockets past Cavs
James Harden had a tripledouble of 35 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists to help the Rockets beat the visiting Cavaliers 117- 113 on Thursday night.
Harden also had five steals and a block as Houston extended its winning streak to four games.
LeBron James had 33 points for the Cavaliers, and Jeff Green added 27.
Harden has scored 30 or more points in three of the last four games, highlighted by a 56- point performance in a win over the Jazz on Sunday. It’s the second tripledouble of the season for Harden and the 33rd of his career.
John Wall’s Wizards managed to make a double- digit edge hold up against the Lakers this time, with the All- Star point guard scoring 23 points and Bradley
Beal 22 as host Washington beat Los Angeles and cold- shooting
Lonzo Ball 111- 95. Ball had 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Clippers point guard Pat
rick Beverley will be out at least two games because of a sore right knee.
Nats hire Hale as bench coach
Former major- league skipper Chip Hale will be the bench coach for new Nationals manager Dave Martinez, while Derek Lilliquist will be the team’s pitching coach.
Hale managed the Diamondbacks in 2015 and 2016. Lilliquist was the Cardinals’ pitching coach for the past six season.
Rob Thomson, a bench coach on Joe Girardi’s staff and Aaron Boone, who hit one of the most famous homers in Yankees’ history, are among the candidates to be the Yankees’ next manager.
Don Mattingly will return for the third season of his four- year contract as Marlins manager. The recent sale of the franchise to a group including Derek Jeter had left Mattingly’s future in question.
Pitino lawyer: Allegations ‘ false’
Rick Pitino’s lawyer says allegations in an indictment that implies former Louisville men’s basketball coach was involved and aware of money payments to recruits are “false, misleading and defamatory.” Steve B. Pence reiterated that Pitino had no knowledge of any payments to players.
Christian Dawkins, who was indicted this week, says during a recorded conversation a coach agreed to call an Adidas executive for money to send the family of a recruit. Pitino is not named in the indictment.
Pitino was fired Oct. 16 by Louisville’s Athletic Association after the school acknowledged that it was being investigated.
Patton Kizzire opened with a 9- under 62 for a two- shot lead over Vaughn Taylor in the OHL Classic at Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Rickie Fowler was three shots behind.
Rockets guard James Harden keeps the ball away from Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert. Harden recorded his second triple- double of the season in the win. | AP