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James Har­den wasn’t quite back in MVP form, yet he was good enough when the Hous­ton Rock­ets needed him.

Har­den scored 25 points, in­clud­ing 11 in a de­ci­sive run in the third quar­ter in his re­turn to the Hous­ton lineup, and the Rock­ets de­feated the host Chicago Bulls 96-88 on Satur­day night.

Har­den, the NBA’s reign­ing MVP, had missed three games with a strained left ham­string. He con­nected for 11 straight points, hit­ting three three­p­oint­ers in the process, in a 1:59 span of the third.

“Just play­ing in a full game, con­tact and all that, felt like it’s been a minute,” Har­den said. “So I just wanted to get out there and just try to be my­self. I think I did a pretty good job of that. Too many turnovers (eight), but once I get my flow back in rhythm, those will (de­crease).”

Har­den also had seven as­sists as the Rock­ets won their sec­ond game in two nights af­ter start­ing the sea­son 1-5.

Chicago led 59-58 mid­way through the third quar­ter be­fore the Rock­ets and Har­den went ahead for good, outscor­ing the Bulls 21-7 in the pe­riod. Lak­ers 114, Trail Blaz­ers 110: LeBron James had 28 points and seven as­sists and Los An­ge­les went on a 16-0 run in the third quar­ter in its win in Port­land. Re­serve point guard Ra­jon Rondo added 17 points and 10 as­sists for the Lak­ers. Damian Lil­lard and CJ McCol­lum each scored 30 points for the Blaz­ers.

Nuggets 103, Jazz 88: Gary Har­ris scored 20 points and Ma­lik Beasley and Ma­son Plum­lee hit key three­p­oint­ers in a fourth-quar­ter flurry as host Den­ver beat Utah. Ja­mal Mur­ray scored 19 for the Nuggets, who have won four straight.

Spurs 109, Pel­i­cans 95: DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, LaMar­cus Aldridge added 22 points and 12 re­bounds and San An­to­nio ex­tended vis­it­ing New Or­leans’ los­ing streak to five games. Patty Mills had 15 points, seven re­bounds and seven as­sists to help the Spurs win their fourth straight.

Pac­ers 102, Celtics 101: Vic­tor Oladipo con­nected on a three-pointer with 3.4 sec­onds re­main­ing to lift host In­di­ana past Bos­ton. Oladipo fin­ished with 24 points and 12 re­bounds. Tyreke Evans added 17 points for the Pac­ers. Mar­cus Mor­ris had 23 points and six re­bounds for the Celtics, whose fourgame win­ning streak was snapped. Hawks 123, Heat 118: Trae Young had 24 points and 15 as­sists as host At­lanta beat Mi­ami. Tau­rean Prince and De­wayne Ded­mon each scored 15 points for the Hawks. Josh Richard­son scored 32 points for the Heat.

76ers 109, Pis­tons 99: Joel Em­biid scored 32 of his 39 points in a dom­i­nat­ing first half and had 17 re­bounds to lead Philadel­phia. Em­biid made 10 of 18 field-goals at­tempts and 18 of 23 free-throw at­tempts to help the 76ers im­prove to 6-0 at home. Blake Grif­fin had 38 points, 13 re­bounds and six as­sists for De­troit.

Hor­nets 126, Cava­liers 94: Jeremy Lamb had 19 points and eight re­bounds as host Char­lotte routed Cleve­land. J.R. Smith scored 14 points for the Cava­liers.

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