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NBA: James Harden lifts Rockets past Bulls, 121-117, in OT

NBA: James Harden lifts Rockets past Bulls, 121-117, in OT

James Harden had 42 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists to rally the Houston Rockets past the Chicago Bulls, 121-117, in overtime Friday night. 

Harden hit a step-back jumper over Paul Zipser with 36.1 seconds remaining in the extra period and was fouled. He made the free throw to give the Rockets a two-point lead they never relinquished. 

After losing to Atlanta on Thursday night, the Rockets improved to 12-1 this season in the second of back-to-back games. 

The Bulls played without star forward Jimmy Butler, who was nursing a bruised heel. Starting in his place, Michael Carter-Williams had 23 points, nine rebounds and six assists before fouling out with...

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