James Harden had 38 points and 10 assists for his seventh consecutive double-double, and the visisting Houston Rockets beat the Portland Trail Blazers, 130-114, on Sunday night.
Eric Gordon added 26 points, including six three-pointers, for the Rockets, who have made at least 10 three-pointers in 16 consecutive games to match the NBA record set by the Warriors and Cavaliers last season. They finished the night with 17.
Gordon’s three-pointer gave the Rockets a 104-95 lead with just over 10 minutes left in the game. Damian Lillard’s three-pointer and Mason Plumlee’s reverse layup closed the gap to 104-100, but the Blazers couldn’t get closer and Trevor Ariza hit a 3 from the corner to put the Rockets up 111-100.
Cleveland 112, at Philadelphia 108: The Cavaliers have so many ways to beat teams, and this time it was Kyrie Irving’s turn to win a game. Irving scored 19 of his season-high 39 points in the fourth quarter and LeBron James had a triple-double with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists, leading Cleveland to a 112-108 comeback victory over the 76ers. Kevin Love chipped in 25 points and 11 rebounds to help the defending champions win their fourth straight. Joel Embiid led seven players in double figures with 22 points for the 76ers, who have lost three straight. Embiid also had nine rebounds, four assists and three blocks.
Milwaukee 104, at Orlando 96: John Henson scored 20 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 18 points and nine rebounds as the Bucks beat the slumping Magic. Michael Beasley had 13 points, Malcolm Brogdon scored 12 and Greg Monroe had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Bucks, who beat Orlando twice in less than a week. Milwaukee took control in the middle of the second quarter but never led by more than nine points in the game. The Bucks used a variety of lineups to fend off several second-half Magic rallies.
Denver 120, at Phoenix 114: Wilson Chandler scored 25 points and Jameer Nelson added 21 as the Nuggets held off the Suns. Denver led by 20 at the half but Devin Booker and Eric Bledsoe led a rally that cut the lead to three early in the fourth quarter. Bledsoe ended with a career-high 35 points and Devin Booker added 30.
Sacramento 122, at Brooklyn 105: DeMarcus Cousins had 37 points and Rudy Gay added 22 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Kings, who won in Brooklyn for the first time since the Nets moved there in 2012. Trailing by 18 points in the fourth quarter, the Nets went on a 14-2 run to cut the deficit to 99-93. But Sacramento responded with a 16-0 run of its own to extend the lead to 115-93.
at Dallas 91, New Orleans 81: Wesley Matthews scored 21 points, including eight during a fourth-quarter rally that gave the Mavericks the lead for good. Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks with 23 points while Justin Anderson scored 14 off the bench.