ROCK­ETS THROT­TLE CLIP­PERS BE­HIND HARDEN’S LEAD

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hous­ton»James Harden had a triple-dou­ble with 30 points, 13 re­bounds and 10 as­sists and the Rock­ets rolled to a 140-116 vic­tory over the Clip­pers on Fri­day.

Clip­pers guard Austin Rivers and fa­ther/coach Doc Rivers were both ejected in the sec­ond quar­ter as Los An­ge­les dropped its fifth straight.

It’s the sev­enth triple-dou­ble this sea­son for Harden and his third straight 30-point game. Mon­trezl Har­rell added a ca­reer-high 29 points to help Hous­ton win its third in a row.

Ray­mond Felton had a sea­son­high 26 points to lead the Clip­pers.

Chris Paul missed the game be­cause of a sore left ham­string, but J.J. Redick re­turned.

FRI­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHTS

Isa­iah Thomas scored 29 of his ca­reer-high 52 points in the fourth quar­ter, set­ting a club record for points in a pe­riod and lead­ing the Celtics to a 117-114 vic­tory over the Heat. Thomas hit six 3-point­ers and con­verted a three-point play in the fourth quar­ter and broke the fran­chise record of 24 points in a quar­ter set by Larry Bird in 1983 and matched by Todd Day in 1995. Thomas also topped his ca­reer high of 44 points he scored on Dec. 20, at Mem­phis. … Paul Ge­orge scored 32 points, in­clud­ing 11 in the fi­nal 4½ min­utes Fri­day, to help the Pac­ers snap a four-game los­ing streak with a 111-101 vic­tory over the Bulls. Ge­orge broke a 97-97 tie by mak­ing a jumper with 4:07 left, then made three free throws on In­di­ana’s next pos­ses­sion and a layup with 2:52 left for a 102-99 lead. … Be­hind a sea­son-high 27 points from Trey Burke off the bench and an­other dou­ble-dou­ble from John Wall, the Wizards beat the Nets 118-95 to win their third con­sec­u­tive game and reach .500 for the first time this sea­son. … An­thony Davis had 23 points and 18 re­bounds, and the Pel­i­cans won their fourth straight game, 104-92 over the Knicks. Carmelo An­thony had 26 points and 13 re­bounds, but couldn’t pre­vent the Knicks from drop­ping their third straight. … An­drew Wiggins scored 31 points and Karl-An­thony Towns had 18 points and 16 re­bounds to help the Tim­ber­wolves to a 116-99 vic­tory over the Bucks. … Paul Mill­sap scored 26 points and Kyle Korver added a sea­son-high 22 to lead the Hawks to a 105-98 vic­tory over the Pis­tons. … Tony Parker and Danny Green both scored 18 points as the Spurs beat the Trail Blaz­ers 110-94. Jonathon Sim­mons poured in 19 points off the bench for San An­to­nio.

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