James Harden and Dwight Howard figured to be a potent combination for the Houston Rockets this season. Friday, the Golden State Warriors saw how good they can be.
Harden scored 34 points, Howard had 22 points and 18 rebounds, and the Rockets routed the visiting Warriors, 105-83.
Harden made 13 of 22 shots from the field two nights after going three for 17 — including 0 for 10 on three-pointers — against Phoenix. Howard made 12 of 20 free throws.
Stephen Curry had 22 points for the Warriors, who made only two of 16 three-point tries.
at Atlanta 108, Cleveland 89: Kyle Korver set the NBA record by making a three-pointer in his 90th consecutive game and Al Horford scored 22 points for the Hawks. Korver's three-pointer with 5:29 remaining in the first quarter broke a tie with Dana Barros (1994-96). Cleveland's Andrew Bynum tied his season high with 20 points and grabbed a season-best 13 rebounds, but Kyrie Irving, averaging 20.8 points a game, went 0 for 9 from the field and was scoreless.
at Portland 130, Utah 98: The Trail Blazers made 17 of 23 three-pointers overall and blitzed the Jazz with a 40-13 third quarter, winning for the 15th time in 16 games.
at New York 121, Orlando 83: Carmelo Anthony had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and the Knicks picked up their first victory at Madison Square Garden since October, ending a seven-game home losing streak.
Oklahoma City 109, at New Orleans 95: Kevin Durant scored 29 points, Russell Westbrook added 25 and the Thunder beat the Pelicans/Hornets for the ninth time in a row.
at Phoenix 106, Toronto 97: Markieff Morris made his first 11 shots en route to a 25-point performance and the Suns handed the Raptors their fifth loss in a row. Morris also had 11 rebounds.
at Boston 106, Denver 98: Kris Humphries came off the bench to score a season-high 18 points, adding seven rebounds for the Celtics as Boston scored the first 14 points of the game and held off the Nuggets. The Celtics remained in first place in the Atlantic Division with a 9-12 record.
at Charlotte 105, Philadelphia 88: Jeffery Taylor matched a career high with 20 points, leading six Bobcats in double figures.