Harden first to score 60 in triple double
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 singlegame 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.