Rockets log 10th straight win
HO U S TO N — James Harden had 28 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, and the Houston Rockets held on for their 10th straight victory, 10091 over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.
The Rockets are 44- 13 entering the All-Star break after winning 17 of their last 19 games.
Houston led by as many as 17, but the Kings got within striking distance several times in the fourth quarter. They were within six late when Houston used a 7-2 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Harden, to make it 94-83 with just more than a minute left.
In Portland, Damian Lillard had 44 points and eight assists, and Portland overcame Kevin Durant’s 50 points to snap a sevengame losing streak to Golden State.
CJ McCollum added 29 points for the Blazers, who go into the All-Star break six games over .500 (32-26).
In Boston, DeAndre Jordan had 30 points and 13 rebounds and Los Angeles beat Boston for its fourth v i c tor y in f ive games.
Tobias Harris added 21 points, Danilo Gallinari had 20, and Lou Williams 19.
Kyrie Irving led Boston with 33 points and eight assists. Al Horford had 20 points, and Marcus Morris added 13 points and 11 rebounds.
In Salt Lake City, Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points, Royce O’Neale had a career-high 19 and Utah Jazz won its 11th straight, beating Phoenix.
Derrick Favors had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Rudy Gobert added 14 points and 17 rebounds.
I n Me m p h i s , Pa u l George scored 28 points, Russell Westbrook added 23 points in his 17th triple- double of the season, and Oklahoma City held off Memphis.
Westbrook finished with 15 assists and 13 rebounds to help Oklahoma City win for only the third time in the last nine games. Carmelo Anthony added 19 points. The Thunder made a season-high 17 3-pointers.
In New Orleans, Anthony Davis had 42 points and 15 rebounds in New Orleans’ victory over Los Angeles.
Davis went 15 for 18 from the field and had three assists, three steals and two blocks. Jrue Holiday had 24 points and 11 assists, and reserve Darius Miller scored 19 points.
In Chicago, Kyle Lowry had 20 points and 10 assists, Serge Ibaka also s cored 20 points and Toronto cruised into the All-Star break with its seventh straight victory. In New York, Bradley Beal had 36 points and Washington overcame a 27- point deficit to beat New York.
Otto Porter Jr. added 22 points and Ian Mahinmi had 17 for the Wizards, who trailed 68- 41 late in the second quarter. Washington then went on a 4215 run to tie it at 83 with 3:32 left in the third.
In Philadelphia, Ben Simmons had a tripledouble, J.J. Redick hit a 19foot, off-balanced jumper from the baseline with 19.4 seconds left and short-handed Philadelphia overcame a 24-point second- half deficit to beat Miami.
In Detriot, Ish Smith had 22 points and nine assists, Blake Griffin narrowly missed a triple-double and Detroit beat Atlanta to end a three-game losing streak. Griffin finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. In Orlando, Dwight Howard had 22 points and 13 rebounds, Kemba Walker added 20 points and Charlotte edged Orlando to stop a four-game slide.
Mario Hezonja led Orlando with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
In New York, Victor Oladipo scored 25 points, and Corey Joseph added 15 points and 11 assists to help Indiana beat Brooklyn for its third straight victory.