Har­den first NBA player to score 60 in triple dou­ble

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HOUS­TON (AP) — James Har­den be­came the first player in NBA his­tory to score 60 points as part of a triple-dou­ble and the short-handed Hous­ton Rock­ets beat the Or­lando Magic 114-107 on Tues­day night.

Har­den scored 18 points in the fourth quar­ter to eclipse the 57 points Calvin Murphy scored in 1978 to break Hous­ton’s sin­gle-game scor­ing record. After Har­den broke the record, cam­eras in the arena showed a shot of Murphy, who works on the tele­vi­sion broad­cast team, smil­ing and clap­ping for the Beard, who also had 10 re­bounds and 11 as­sists.

The game was tied at 107 after a bas­ket by Mar­reese Speights with just un­der four min­utes to play. Nei­ther team scored for more than two min­utes after that be­fore Har­den took over, scor­ing the next six points to make it 113107 with 45 sec­onds left.

He set the scor­ing mark when he stepped back and made a 3-pointer be­fore crash­ing to the court after be­ing fouled by Mario He­zonja. He then made the free throw to give him 60 points and bring­ing the crowd to its feet.

He­zonja and Speights scored 17 points each for the Magic, who dropped their third straight.

PIS­TONS 125, CAVA­LIERS 114

DETROIT (AP) — An­dre Drum­mond had 21 points and 22 re­bounds, and the short-handed Detroit Pis­tons beat Cleve­land after the Cava­liers lost Kevin Love to a po­ten­tially sea­son-al­ter­ing hand in­jury.

Love ex­ited in the first quar­ter with a bro­ken left hand, and the Pis­tons took ad­van­tage of his ab­sence, snap­ping an eight-game los­ing streak de­spite a ros­ter that was de­pleted by their blockbuster trade for Blake Grif­fin.

Detroit gave up three play­ers to get Grif­fin, and nei­ther he nor the other two play­ers the Pis­tons re­ceived in re­turn were avail­able against Cleve­land. Drum­mond — whose own sta­tus was in ques­tion be­cause of an ill­ness — had a huge game, and Stan­ley John­son added a ca­reer-high 26 points.

LeBron James scored 21 points for the Cavs, but Cleve­land was list­less early and out­played late — and the re­sult felt sec­ondary to Love’s health. The team said he had a non-dis­placed frac­ture in his fifth metacarpal and his sta­tus would be up­dated after ad­di­tional ex­am­i­na­tion Wednesday in Cleve­land.

WIZARDS 102, THUN­DER 96

WASHINGTON (AP) — Be­gin­ning what could be a sig­nif­i­cant stretch with­out All Star point guard John Wall, the Washington Wizards got 25 points from Otto Porter Jr., lim­ited Rus­sell West­brook to 13 and stopped Ok­la­homa City’s eight-game win streak.

Bradley Beal had 21 points and nine as­sists for Washington, which an­nounced about 7 1/2 hours be­fore tipoff that Wall will have arthro­scopic surgery on his left knee Wednesday.

Paul George had 28 points for Ok­la­homa City, but zero in the fourth quar­ter. Carmelo An­thony scored 19, but he missed three shots in the fi­nal 30 sec­onds. West­brook wound up with 10 as­sists, six re­bounds and seven turnovers and made only 5 of 18 shots.

Wall, picked for his fifth All-Star game last week, is sec­ond on the Wizards in scor­ing, av­er­ag­ing 19.4 points, and is sec­ond in the league with 9.3 as­sists per game.

In July, he agreed to a $170 mil­lion, four-year con­tract ex­ten­sion that starts next sea­son.

JAZZ 129, WAR­RIORS 99

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Ricky Ru­bio scored 23 points and handed out 11 as­sists as the Jazz stunned the War­riors.

The loss ended a three-game win­ning streak for the War­riors, who had won seven of eight be­fore fac­ing the Jazz. It was their largest loss of the sea­son.

War­riors coach Steve Kerr seemed to waive the white flag with more than six min­utes left in the game, pulling his starters.

Klay Thompson led Golden State with 27 points and six re­bounds while Kevin Du­rant fin­ished with 17.

KNICKS 111, NETS 95

NEW YORK (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis scored 28 points, Enes Kan­ter had 20 points, 20 re­bounds and five as­sists, and the Knicks com­pleted a New York City sweep of the Nets with a vic­tory.

The Knicks re­turned home from their long­est road trip of the sea­son in new uni­forms but their same old dom­i­nance of the Nets, with their fourth vic­tory in four tries this sea­son. They dom­i­nated the in­te­rior again and swept the se­ries for the first time since 2010-11 — be­fore the ri­vals shared the same city.

DeMarre Car­roll scored 13 points for the Nets, who lost their fourth straight game.

RAP­TORS 109, TIM­BER­WOLVES 104

TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points, Jonas Valan­ci­u­nas had 18 points and 11 re­bounds and the Rap­tors ral­lied from a 13-point deficit to beat the Tim­ber­wolves.

Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka each scored 15 points and Jakob Poeltl had six of his 12 points in the fourth quar­ter as the Rap­tors won their 14th straight home meet­ing with the Tim­ber­wolves.

Min­nesota has not won in Toronto since Jan. 21, 2004, when cur­rent Tim­ber­wolves star Andrew Wig­gins was eight years old.

Toronto is 19-4 at home this sea­son, the sec­ond-best record in the NBA be­hind San An­to­nio (21-4).

Jimmy But­ler scored 25 points, Wig­gins had 15 and Jeff Teague and Gorgiu Dieng each fin­ished with 14 but the Tim­ber­wolves lost for the fourth time in five games.

KINGS 114, PELICANS 103

NEW OR­LEANS (AP) — Zach Ran­dolph scored 26 points and grabbed 12 re­bounds, and the Kings beat the Pelicans.

Kosta Koufos had 17 points and 17 re­bounds for the Kings, who were able to ex­ploit the ab­sence of Pelicans All-Star and for­mer King DeMar­cus Cousins by get­ting dou­ble-dou­bles from both of their start­ing big men.

Rookie De’Aaron Fox and re­serve guard Gar­rett Tem­ple, a for­mer LSU player, each scored 15 for the Kings, who’ve won three of their last four games.

An­thony Davis had 23 points and 13 re­bounds for the Pelicans, while Jrue Hol­i­day scored 21 points and Ian Clark a sea­son-high 20, hit­ting nine of 10 shots.

SPURS 106, NUGGETS 104

SAN AN­TO­NIO (AP) — LaMar­cus Aldridge scored 30 points and the Spurs es­caped with a vic­tory over the Nuggets.

The Spurs had four play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures, in­clud­ing 18 points each from Kyle An­der­son and Pau Ga­sol.

Every Den­ver starter scored in dou­ble fig­ures with Ja­mal Mur­ray lead­ing the way with 18 points and Gary Har­ris adding 17.

TRAIL BLAZERS 104, CLIP­PERS 96

LOS AN­GE­LES (AP) — Damian Lil­lard scored 28 points and the Trail Blazers pulled away in the third quar­ter to beat the Clip­pers.

Los An­ge­les was play­ing its first game since Blake Grif­fin’s stun­ning trade to Detroit on Mon­day.

CJ McCol­lum added 16 points and Jusuf Nur­kic had 14 points and 18 re­bounds for the Blazers,

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