James Harden had 25 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, Dwight Howard had 26 points and 10 boards, and the Houston Rockets stayed unbeaten, beating the Miami Heat, 108-91, Tuesday night in Miami.
The Rockets (5-0) used a 13-0 run late in the fourth quarter to pull away. Houston went 17 for 37 from three-point range and now has 213 points from beyond the arc this season — as opposed to 198 points on two-point baskets. Chris Bosh scored 21 points for Miami, which suffered its first loss after opening the season with three wins.
at Portland 101, Cleveland 82: Damian Lillard had 27 points and seven assists, and the Trail Blazers held Cleveland to 36.5% shooting and its “big three” to a collective 42 points in a dominating defensive performance. Kevin Love had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers, but LeBron James and Kyrie Irving combined for only 20 points on seven-for-29 shooting. James was scoreless in the second half and finished with 11 points.
at Toronto 100, Oklahoma City 88: DeMar DeRozan scored 16 points as the Raptors improved to 3-1. Serge Ibaka had 25 points and 11 rebounds for the depleted Thunder, which was without injured stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, among others. Oklahoma City began the game with eight active players and finished with six. Forward Perry Jones suffered an apparent right knee early in the second half, and guard Sebastian Telfair was ejected for a flagrant foul with 1:57 left.
at Chicago 98, Orlando 90: Pau Gasol had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and the Bulls beat the winless Magic despite playing without Derrick Rose (sprained ankles) and Joakim Noah (illness). Rose was listed as probable, but was taken out of the starting lineup about a half hour before the game after going through warmups.
Milwaukee 87, at Indiana 81: Brandon Knight had 23 points as the Bucks beat the Pacers, who played without starters George Hill (knee bruise) and David West (ankle sprain) in addition to out-for-the-season Paul George (fractured leg).
Washington 98, at New York 83: Paul Pierce and Garrett Temple scored 17 points apiece, and the Wizards beat the Knicks for the fourth straight time. Carmelo Anthony had 18 points on eight-for-23 shooting for New York, which hasn’t beaten Washington since April 9, 2013.
at New Orleans 100, Charlotte 91: Anthony Davis had 24 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks, and the Hornets won for the first time since opening night.
Phoenix at Lakers, late