Rockets rolls past Pacers
JAMES Harden had 29 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds and the Houston Rockets rolled past the Indiana Pacers 118-97 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory.
Thaddeus Young cut the lead to 10 with a hook shot with about eight minutes left. The Rockets put it away with a 16-4 run that made it 110-88 with about four minutes left.
After losing just one game in November the Rockets are feeling pretty good about where they are.
But Harden says the best part about how well they’re playing is that they can be much better.
“We’re never satisfied,” he said. “We have a long way to go.”
Trevor Ariza made a 3-pointer in that stretch and Ryan Anderson added two finished with 19 points.
The Pacers missed numerous shots, were called for defensive three seconds and committed an offensive foul to allow the Rockets to pad the lead.
“They hit some shots in the second half,” Pacers coach Nate Mcmillan said. “I thought a lot of them we were right there, and sometimes you just have to give some teams credit for executing and making shots.” Young had 23 points for the Pacers. In other matches, Warriors beat Lakers 127-123 (OT), Spurs beat Grizzlies 104-95, Magic beat Thunder 121108, Timberwolves beat Pelicans 120102, Knicks beat Heat 115-86, 76ers beat Wizards 118-113, Pistons beat Suns 107, Raptors beat Hornets 126-113 and Nets beat Mavericks 109-104. – AP