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Rockets rally from 20-point deficit to beat Cavaliers, 106-100

Rockets rally from 20-point deficit to beat Cavaliers, 106-100
Houston Rockets' James Harden, left, passes against Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson during the first half onTuesday. (Tony Dejak / AP)

James Harden scored 27 points and the Houston Rockets rallied from a 20-point deficit for a 106-100 victory over the host Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.

The Cavaliers rested LeBron James. The Cavaliers are 1-3 this season and 4-13 over the last two seasons when James doesn't play.

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Harden scored 18 points in the fourth quarter and Houston outscored Cleveland, 35-16, in the period.

Dwight Howard's free throw with 2 minutes 13 seconds to play put Houston ahead, 95-94. Harden's three-point basket made it 98-94 before Kyrie Irving made a three-pointer with 1:30 left, making it a one-point game.

Both teams missed shots on their next possession, but Trevor Ariza's three-pointer from the corner with 17 seconds left gave Houston a 101-97 lead.

Irving scored 31 points.

at Golden State 102, Washington 94: Stephen Curry made six three-point baskets on the way to 26 points in the Warriors' 54th consecutive regular-season home victory, including 36 this season. Draymond Green had 15 points and 16 rebounds for the Warriors.

at Detroit 88, Oklahoma City 82: Marcus Morris scored 24 points and the Pistons took advantage of Kevin Durant's absence. The Thunder, which had a winning streak ended at eight games, rested Durant and Serge Ibaka and were held to only nine points in the third quarter en route to their lowest-scoring game this season. Russell Westbrook led Oklahoma City with 24 points.

at Orlando 139, Brooklyn 105: Aaron Gordon had 20 points and the Magic scored a season high. The Magic had eight players in double figures, including backups Andrew Nicholson with 24 points. The Nets were led by reserve forward Thomas Robinson, who scored 18 points.

Charlotte 100, at Philadelphia 85: Nicolas Batum had 19 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists for his second triple-double this season for the Hornets, who set a franchise record for victories in a month with 13. The 76ers, who dressed only 10 players, lost their 10th consecutive game.

Chicago 98, at Indiana 96: Jimmy Butler made a tiebreaking jump shot with 3.7 seconds left and the Bulls ended a skid at four games. Nikola Mirotic scored 28 points for Chicago and Butler finished with 14. The Pacers missed five shots in the last two minutes. Paul George led all Pacers with 20 points.

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