Harden, Rock­ets slip past Cava­liers

He has triple-dou­ble in lead­ing Hous­ton to fourth straight win

The Mercury News Weekend - - SPORTS -

James Harden had a triple- dou­ble of 35 points, 11 re­bounds and 13 as­sists to help the Hous­ton Rock­ets beat the Cleve­land 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 vis­it­ing Cava­liers, and Jeff Green added 27. Hous­ton led by seven af­ter a layup by James with about 10 min­utes left. The Rock­ets scored the next six points, capped by a 3-pointer by P. J. Tucker to make it 111- 98. The Cava­liers used a 13-1 run, with five points from James, to cut the lead to 112-111 with 90 sec­onds left. Harden missed a layup af­ter that, but grabbed a re­bound and threw an al­ley- oop to Clint Capela, who fin­ished for Hous­ton’s first bas­ket since Tucker’s 3. He was fouled on the play and made the free throw to make it 115111 with just over a minute re­main­ing. James made a layup on the other end, but Capela made an­other bas­ket af­ter a grab­bing the re­bound on a miss by Harden to put Hous­ton back up by 4 with 10.7 sec­onds left. Harden has scored 30 or more points in three of the past four games.

KINGS 109, 76ERS 108

» De’Aaron Fox made a 19foot jumper with 13.4 sec­onds re­main­ing to lift Sacra­mento over Philadel­phia, end­ing a five-game win­ning streak for the 76ers that marked their long­est in six years. Philadel­phia cen­ter Joel Em­biid missed a shot from the free-throw line as time ex­pired.


Em­manuel Mu­diay scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quar­ter, in­clud­ing the go-ahead 3-pointer mid­way through the pe­riod, and Den­ver beat Ok­la­homa City. Carmelo An­thony had 28 points to lead the Thun­der, which lost its fourth in a row.

WIZ­ARDS 111, LAK­ERS 95 »

John Wall scored 23 points, and Bradley Beal added 22 as Wash­ing­ton beat Los Angeles.


The NBA is bring­ing the All- Star Game to Chicago for the first time since Michael Jor­dan daz­zled his home crowd. A per­son fa­mil­iar with the sit­u­a­tion said the fes­tiv­i­ties will be held in the Windy City in 2020. An of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment is ex­pected Fri­day at United Cen­ter.

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