The word is out: Houston’s Harden is dominating during winning streak
ROCKETS 121, HORNETS 114
Forget slowing down James Harden. Right now, his opponents can’t even put his play into words.
Harden had 40 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists for his second straight triple-double, and the Houston Rockets outlasted the Charlotte Hornets, 121-114, on Tuesday night in Houston for their ninth straight win.
“There’s not enough good words in the English dictionary that can describe what he’s been doing,” Charlotte’s Marvin Williams said. “He’s literally making history.”
Harden has five triple-doubles in the past seven games and is averaging 32.4 points, 11.4 assists and 9.9 rebounds during this winning streak.
BUCKS 109, SPURS 107: Milwaukee’s Michael Beasley scored a season-high 28 points in place of an ill Giannis Antetokounmpo in San Antonio.
Kawhi Leonard had 30 points for San Antonio, which had its nine-game home winning streak snapped.
Jabari Parker’s layup with 2:56 remaining gave Milwaukee a 103101 lead, its first since the 3:24 mark of the first quarter.
JAZZ 100, CAVALIERS 92: Gordon Hayward went blow for blow with LeBron James in the second half to help Utah defeat Cleveland in Salt Lake City.
Hayward had 22 points and went back and forth with James during a decisive third quarter. James brought the Cavs back from a 15-point halftime deficit before Hayward drove the lead back to 14.
HAWKS 117, NETS 97: Dennis Schroder had 19 points and 10 assists, and Dwight Howard added 14 points and 16 rebounds in helping Atlanta win its seasonhigh seventh straight game by beating Brooklyn in New York.
Brook Lopez scored 20 points for the Nets, who have lost seven straight and 12 of 13. Lopez’s threepointer brought the Nets to 89-78 with 9:44 left. The Hawks responded with a 24-8 run.
RAPTORS 114, CELTICS 106: DeMar DeRozan scored a season-high 41 points, and Kyle Lowry added 24 for Toronto at home. DeRozan added 13 rebounds for his second doubledouble of the season.
Rose returns to Knicks
Derrick Rose returned to practice with the New York Knicks after missing their game on Monday night for what he described as family reasons. The team later announced he had been fined for missing a 110-96 loss to New Orleans on Monday and said he was expected to be in uniform Wednesday night in Philadelphia.