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James Harden scores 40 points to lead Rockets past Suns, 127-118
James Harden scores 40 points to lead Rockets past Suns, 127-118

James Harden scored 20 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter and the Houston Rockets pulled away to beat the host Phoenix Suns, 127-118, on Tuesday night. Josh Smith scored 20 points for the Rockets, who trailed 89-88 at the end of the third quarter after Phoenix rallied from an early 18-point deficit. Eric Bledsoe scored 32 points, one shy of his career high, for the Suns, who enter the All-Star break losers of five of their last six. Harden ended the first and second quarters with a three-point basket, then opened the fourth with a four-point play that put the Rockets ahead for good. He scored eight in a row during a 2 1/2-minute stretch late in the game. Harden scored 45 in a...

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