The word is out: Hous­ton’s Harden is dom­i­nat­ing dur­ing win­ning streak



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.

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