— James Harden scored 21 points, and the Houston Rockets
overcame Russell Westbrook's seventh consecutive triple-double
to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 102-99 on Friday night.
Harden also had
12 assists and nine rebounds to help the Rockets win their fifth
straight. Houston withstood Harden's 6-for-23 shooting effort.
finished with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He has the
longest triple-double streak since Michael Jordan had seven
straight in 1989. The most in a row is nine by Philadelphia's
Wilt Chamberlain in March 1968.
Westbrook's 12th triple-double this season and the 49th of his
career. He is the NBA's active leader in the category and ranks
The Thunder had
won the previous six games during Westbrook's triple-double
— LeBron James scored 27 points to move into ninth place on
the NBA scoring list, and Cleveland routed Miami.
Elvin Hayes on a driving layup with 6:58 remaining and has
27,315 career points. The four-time MVP was removed about a
minute later and received a loud ovation from the Cleveland
Kevin Love, a
game-time decision because of back spasms, scored a team-high 28
points and had 15 rebounds for the Cavaliers. He missed the
morning shootaround but was in the lineup after warming up on
the court about an hour before tip-off.
added 23 points for the Cavs. They have won three straight after
losing three in a row.
Williams scored 17 points to lead the short-handed Heat. They
have lost four straight.
BOSTON (AP) —
Kyle Lowry scored 21 of his season-high 34 points in the second
half for Toronto.
an eight-point halftime deficit and led by as many as 11 in the
fourth quarter. Boston pulled within four in the final minute,
but Al Horford fouled Lowry on a 3-point attempt with 30 seconds
to play. Lowry made all three free throws to help close out the
added 24 points, and Norman Powell had 20.
Avery Bradley each had 19 points to lead Boston. Celtics point
guard Isaiah Thomas sat out his second straight game with a
strained right groin.
(AP) — Andre Drummond had 22 points and 22 rebounds for his
second straight 20-20 game and Detroit cruised past Minnesota.
had 15 points and seven rebounds and the Pistons had their way
with Minnesota's struggling defense, hitting 14 of 29
scored 16 points and Karl-Anthony Towns had 14 points and 12
rebounds for the Wolves. They have lost seven of their last
DALLAS (AP) —
Wesley Matthews matched a season high with 26 points, Harrison
Barnes had 25 and Dallas beat Indiana for just its third win in
after a listless second half in a 31-point home loss to
Sacramento prompted a team meeting, the Mavericks started the
third quarter with a 10-2 run that gave them a double-digit
outscored the Pacers by himself during a 32-11 spurt that turned
a 50-42 deficit into a 74-61 lead. The shooting guard had 16
points during the run, capped by a 3-pointer.
Paul George had
22 points for the Pacers.
— Dennis Schroder scored a career-high 33 points and Atlanta
rallied from 20 down in the second half to beat Milwaukee.
added 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 18
points. The Hawks ended a seven-game losing streak Wednesday
night with a win over Miami.
scored 27 points for Milwaukee.
(AP) — Nic Batum and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist each had 16
points, and Charlotte routed Orlando for its third straight
had 15 points in limited action, and Ramon Sessions and Jeremy
Lamb each scored 12 off the bench. Batum missed out on a chance
at a triple-double because Charlotte's starters didn't play in
the fourth quarter with the game out of hand. He had nine
rebounds and seven assists.
had 14 points for Orlando.
(AP) — Eric Bledsoe had 30 points and nine assists, Leandro
Barbosa added 21 points and Phoenix snapped its three-game
losing streak with a victory over slumping Los Angeles.
had 15 points before fouling out for the Suns, who hit a
season-high 13 3-pointers and withstood a late rally by the
hit six 3-pointers and scored 35 points in another monster game
off the bench for the Lakers, who have lost five straight after
a promising start to their first season since Kobe Bryant
Los Angeles has
faltered during a busy portion of its December schedule while
playing without four injured regulars: D'Angelo Russell, Nick
Young, Tarik Black and Jose Calderon.
Alex Len had 14
points and 13 rebounds, but the Suns blew most of an 18-point
lead in the second half. Phoenix hung on for just its seventh
victory of the season after losing five of its previous six.
Calif. (AP) — Carmelo Anthony scored 33 points, including two
free throws with 14.8 seconds remaining, and New York held on to
beat Sacramento for its fifth victory in six games.
Porzingis added 17 points and 10 rebounds for New York. Brandon
Jennings scored 13 in place of injured Derrick Rose, and the
Knicks beat the Kings for the second time in six days.
missed multiple shots in the waning moments, including an
uncontested driving layup by DeMarcus Cousins with 22 seconds
left that would have given Sacramento the lead.
Rudy Gay missed
a potential tying 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds remaining, and
Cousins also missed a desperation heave from beyond midcourt
that hit the rim at the buzzer.
finished with 28 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.