Harden scores 43, has triple-double in Rockets’ victory
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden had 43 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists in his fourth straight 40-point game, leading the Houston Rockets over the Memphis Grizzlies 113-101 on Monday night for their fifth consecutive victory.
Harden set an NBA record with his eighth straight game with at least 35 points and five assists, besting Oscar Robertson, who twice had seven-game streaks. Harden finished with his fourth triple-double this season and 39th overall.
Houston has won 10 of its last 11 to improve to 21-15.
Harden continued his incredible run that has powered Houston’s surge up the Western Conference standings after a slow start, making six 3-pointers and 21 of 27 free throws. He has made at least four 3-pointers in eight straight games has finished with 30 points or more in 10 games in a row.
Kyle Anderson had 20 points and Mike Conley added 19 for the Grizzlies, who lost for the seventh time in nine games.
SPURS 120, CELTICS 111
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 32 points and San Antonio rode a 46-point third quarter to a victory over Boston.
Derrick White had a career-high 22 points for San Antonio, which has won 11 of 13 to close within four games of the top spot in the Western Conference.
The Spurs made 19 of 25 shots (76 percent) in the third quarter, their highest-scoring period since 1993 and the 12th-highest in franchise history.
Jaylen Brown had a season-high 30 points, but Boston was unable to maintain its first-half advantage.
WARRIORS 132, SUNS 109
PHOENIX (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 34 points and Kevin Durant added 25, leading Golden State over Phoenix.
The Warriors beat the Suns for the 17th straight time, including eight in a row in Phoenix.
Golden State was 14 for 28 on 3-pointers, with Curry going 5 of 9.
Deandre Ayton had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns, who have lost five of six. T.J Warren added 24 points and Devin Booker 20.
HORNETS 125, MAGIC 100
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 24 points in just 27 minutes, and Charlotte beat Orlando for the 13th straight time.
Walker had 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting in the first half and did not play in the fourth quarter. Malik Monk added 21 points as the Hornets put six players in double figures in the easy victory over the Magic and Steve Clifford, who coached Charlotte for five seasons.
Aaron Gordon scored 14 points and Nikola Vucevic had 12, but he did not play after leaving the court with a knee injury late in the third quarter. Mo Bamba had 12 rebounds in 18 minutes for the Magic, who opened a six-game trip by having a two-game winning streak snapped.
PACERS 116, HAWKS 108
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Victor Oladipo scored 22 points while Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner each added 20 to lead Indiana past Atlanta.
Indiana has won five straight and 12 of 14 to became the third team in the league with 25 wins this season.
John Collins finished with 22 points and 16 rebounds to lead Atlanta. Rookie Kevin Huerter scored 22 points and made six 3-pointers, both season highs, as the Hawks lost for the second time in seven games — both to the Pacers in the last week.
PELICANS 123, TIMBERWOLVES 114
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Julius Randle had 33 points and 11 rebounds, Darius Miller scored 13 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, and New Orleans overcame Anthony Davis’ absence.
Miller hits five 3s, his last from the left wing to put the Pelicans up 115-109 with 1:12 to go.
Jrue Holiday had 26 points and E’Twaun Moore scored 17 for the Pelicans, who found out shortly before tip-off that Davis was too ill to play.
Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 28 points and 17 rebounds scoring 10 of his points during a tight fourth quarter before fouling out with 12.5 seconds left.
THUNDER 122, MAVERICKS 102
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook had 32 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and Oklahoma City gained a split of its back-to-back against Dallas.
Paul George added 22 points and Jerami Grant had 16 for the Thunder, who had dropped three of their last four games. That included a 105-103 loss at Dallas on Sunday, when Oklahoma City blew a six-point lead in the final 1:59 and Westbrook went 4 of 22 from the field and scored only nine points.
Dallas committed 29 turnovers, the most ever by a Thunder opponent.
Harrison Barnes led Dallas with 25 points, matching his career high with seven 3-pointers in nine attempts, and Luca Doncic had 17 points. The Mavericks are 2-16 on the road, offsetting their 15-3 home record.