ROCK­ETS OUT­LAST THUN­DER IN OKC

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ok­la­homa city» James Harden scored 21 points, and the Rock­ets over­came Rus­sell West­brook’s sev­enth con­sec­u­tive triple-dou­ble to beat the Thun­der 102-99 on Fri­day night.

Harden also had 12 as­sists and nine re­bounds. Hous­ton won de­spite Harden’s 6-for-23 shoot­ing ef­fort.

West­brook fin­ished with 27 points, 10 re­bounds and 10 as­sists. He has the NBA’s long­est triple-dou­ble streak since Michael Jor­dan had seven straight in 1989. The most in a row is nine, by Philadel­phia’s Wilt Cham­ber­lain in March 1968.

It was West­brook’s 12th triple­dou­ble this sea­son and the 49th of his ca­reer. He is the NBA’s ac­tive leader in the cat­e­gory and ranks sixth all time.

The Thun­der had won the pre­vi­ous six games dur­ing West­brook’s triple-dou­ble binge.

FRI­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHTS

Den­nis Schroder scored a ca­reer-high 33 points and the Hawks ral­lied from 20 down in the sec­ond half to de­feat the Bucks 114-110. … An­dre Drum­mond had 22 points and 22 re­bounds for his sec­ond straight 20-20 game as the Pis­tons cruised to a 117-90 vic­tory over the Tim­ber­wolves. … LeBron James scored 27 points to move into ninth place on the NBA ca­reer scor­ing list, and the Cava­liers ham­mered the Heat 114-84. James passed Elvin Hayes on a driv­ing layup with 6:58 re­main­ing and has 27,315 ca­reer points. The four-time league MVP was re­moved about a minute later. … Kyle Lowry scored 21 of his sea­son-high 34 points in the sec­ond half to help the Rap­tors hold on for a 101-94 vic­tory over the Celtics. … Nic Ba­tum and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist each had 16 points, and the Hor­nets routed the Magic 109-88. … Har­ri­son Barnes scored 25 points to guide the Mav­er­icks past the Pac­ers 111-103.

FOOT­NOTES

Pri­vate over pub­lic for Melo. Carmelo An­thony in­di­cated Fri­day that he’d pre­fer to hear crit­i­cism from within the team in pri­vate rather than hav­ing it stated pub­licly, as Knicks pres­i­dent Phil Jack­son did this week, and that he doesn’t want any neg­a­tiv­ity to en­velop the team. … The NBA de­nied the Rap­tors’ protest of their 102-99 loss to Sacra­mento on Nov. 20. Toronto ar­gued that the game of­fi­cials in­cor­rectly called for an in­stant re­play re­view of whether Rap­tors for­ward Ter­rence Ross re­leased a 3-point shot be­fore time ex­pired.

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