Harden eclipsed his previous career-best of 46, set in 2013, on a free throw with about a minute remaining. On Houston's next possession,
Six straight points by the Nuggets cut the lead to eight with about five minutes left when the Rockets made the next five points, capped by a step-back jump shot from Harden, to make it 104-91. Harden scored seven points after that to secure the victory.
It was the 29th game with at least 30 points and seventh with 40 this season for Harden, who entered the game second in
Houston made 32 free throws in the game, led by 22 by Harden, which were the most made by a player in the NBA this season.
Wilson Chandler and
The Rockets led by 17 after three, but with Harden on the bench, the Nuggets used an 11-2 run to open the fourth quarter and get within 92-84 with 8 1/2 minutes left.
Houston's star came in and helped the Rockets go on a 7-1 run to extend the lead to 99-85 midway through the quarter.
Minnesota 95, at New York 92 (OT): Zach LaVine made the tying and go-ahead free throws with 10.7 seconds left and scored six of his 20 points in overtime as the