James Harden had 40 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists for his second straight 40-point triple-double and the Houston Rockets outlasted the Charlotte Hornets, 121-114, on Tuesday night for their ninth straight win.
The Rockets missed 10 straight shots and let an 18-point lead evaporate before Coach Mike D’Antoni called a timeout with 2:26 left. Harden made two layups and Houston hung on.
Harden got his 11th triple-double this season. He is the fourth player in NBA history with at least 40 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in consecutive games, joining Michael Jordan, Pete Maravich and Russell Westbrook.
Kemba Walker had 25 points for the Hornets, who dropped...