Harden pours in 60 in Rockets’ rout
James Harden scored 60 points in 31 minutes and the host Rockets sent the Hawks to their 10th straight loss with a 158-111 romp on Saturday night.
Harden came one point shy of matching his career high and franchise record on a night he made eight 3-pointers and 20 free throws. He watched the entire fourth quarter from the bench with Houston up 127-73 at the end of three.
It was his fourth career 60-point game, tying him with Michael Jordan for third-most in NBA history, trailing only Kobe Bryant (six) and Wilt Chamberlain (32).
On the court: Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 26 points but his double-double streak ended at 19 games when he grabbed nine rebounds while playing only 20 minutes as the host Bucks coasted to a 137-96 win over the Hornets . ... Harrison Barnes scored six of his seasonhigh 30 points in overtime, Buddy Hield hit two free throws with 9.5 seconds left and the host Kings rallied from down 17 at halftime to beat the Nuggets 100-97.
Layups: Grizzlies rookie G Ja Morant didn’t travel for Sunday’s game against the Timberwolves due to back spams. The Grizzlies said Morant’s status is considered “week-to-week.” ... Dion Waiters returned to practice with the Heat on Saturday, apologizing publicly for the incident on the team plane that led to his 10-game suspension.