Basketball News: Harden, Rockets keep rolling

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Harden, Rockets keep rolling

James Harden had 40 points,
11 assists and 10 rebounds for
his 10th triple-double of the
season to help the Houston Rockets beat
the Toronto Raptors 129-122 on Monday
for their eighth straight NBA victory.
Montrezl Harrell added 28 points on 12-
of-13 shooting in 25 minutes, and fellow
reserve Eric Gordon had 19 points to help
Houston win consecutive road games over
the Raptors for the first time.
DeMar DeRozan had 36 points for the
Raptors, setting a career high with his
18th 30-plus-point game of the season.
DeMarre Carroll tied a career high with 26
points and set a career high with six 3-
pointers on 10 attempts.
Down 99-95 entering the fourth quarter,
the Rockets went on a 15-0 run to take an
11-point lead. DeRozan’s run of 12
consecutive points for the Raptors cut into
that advantage, but Toronto could get no
closer than five points.

Cavaliers 120, Suns 116
LeBron James scored 12 of his 28 points
in the fourth quarter as Cleveland fought
off Phoenix down the stretch.
Kyrie Irving added 27 points and Kevin
Love 25 for the Cavaliers. They led by as
many as 22 in the first half and 20 early in
the third quarter. The Suns tied it late in
the third and got within one in the fourth
but never took the lead.
Eric Bledsoe scored 31 points and Devin
Booker had 28 for the Suns.
James sank consecutive 3-pointers, his
only 3s of the game, to give Cleveland a
115-109 lead with 2:46 to play and scored
on a driving layup with 44 seconds left to
make it 120-114.
Pistons 125, Trail Blazers124
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit a 3-pointer
with 9.4 seconds left as Detroit outlasted
Portland in a game postponed a day
because of a winter storm.
Reggie Jackson led Detroit with 31 points,
Andre Drummond had 28 points and 14
rebounds, and Caldwell-Pope finished with
26.

The Pistons have won two straight for
the first time since Dec. 2.
CJ McCollum had 35 points for Portland in
the game with 14 lead changes and 11
ties.

He has scored 20 points or more in
seven straight games and is averaging
33.8 points in the last five.
Allen Crabbe added a career-high 30
points and Damian Lillard had 20.

Warriors 117, Kings 106
Stephen Curry made five 3-pointers and
scored 30 points as Golden State took its
first lead midway through the third
quarter on the way to the victory over
Sacramento.
Kevin Durant had 28 points, seven
rebounds, six assists and four blocks, and
Klay Thompson added 18 points. With
their 17th straight victory after a loss, the
Warriors reached 124 straight regular-
season games without suffering back-to-
back defeats.
Sacramento’s Rudy Gay scored 15 of his
23 points in the first quarter.
Lakers 111, Magic 95
Julius Randle scored 19 points and rookie
Brandon Ingram matched his career high
with 17 in Los Angeles’ victory over
Orland.
It was the first time in their last 30 games
the Lakers put together consecutive
victories.
D’Angelo Russell also scored 17 points for
the Lakers and center Timofey Mozgov had
15 points and nine rebounds. Serge Ibaka,
Evan Founier and Nikola Vucevic each
scored 19 points for Orlando.
Grizzlies 88, Jazz 79
Mike Conley had 19 points and nine assists
and Marc Gasol scored 17 points in
Memphis’ victory over Utah.
Zach Randolph added 13 points and 11
rebounds. Gordon Hayward led the Jazz
with 22 points, and George Hill added 15
points.

Clippers 98, Heat 86
J.J. Redick scored 25 points as Los Angeles
beat Miami for its fourth straight victory.
Chris Paul had 19 points, 18 assists and
one turnover, and DeAndre Jordan added
18 rebounds to help keep the Clippers
unbeaten in the new year after they closed
2016 on a six-game skid.
Goran Dragic scored 24 points, and
Hassan Whiteside had 15 points and 13
rebounds for Miami. The Heat shot 37
percent and had three technical fouls.
The Clippers broke it open with a 43-21
run that spanned the second and third
quarters. Redick scored 14 points and Paul
added 12 as they stretched the lead from
one point to 23 points. Redick hit three 3-
pointers and Paul added another.
76ers 105, Nets 95
Joel Embiid scored 20 points and
Philadelphia reached 10 victories to match
its total from all last season, beating
Brooklyn.
The 76ers broke it open with a 17-2 surge
in the fourth quarter to win the matchup
between the NBA’s two worst teams and
improve to 10-25 in their first season with
former lottery picks Embiid and Dario
Saric. They were 10-72 in 2015-16, just off
their own record for worst finish in the
82-game schedule.
Embiid did his damage without even
reaching the 28-minute restriction he was
limited to as he recovers from a series of
foot injuries that delayed his NBA debut
for two years.
Brook Lopez scored 26 points For the
Nets, who have lost six in a row to fall to
8-28.

Wizards 107, Bucks 101
Bradley Beal scored 26 points and Markieff
Morris added 20.

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