NBA: James Harden has another 40-point game, and triple-double, in Rockets’ defeat of Grizzlies
James Harden had 43 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists during his fourth consecutive 40-point game, leading the Houston Rockets over the Memphis Grizzlies 113-101 on Monday night for their fifth consecutive victory.
Harden set an NBA record with his eighth straight game with at least 35 points and five assists, besting Oscar Robertson, who twice had seven-game streaks. Harden finished with his fourth triple-double this season and 39th overall.
Houston has won 10 of its last 11 to improve to 21-15.
Harden continued his incredible run that has powered Houston’s surge up the Western Conference standings after a slow start, making six 3-pointers and 21 of 27 free throws. He has made at least four three-pointers in eight straight games has finished with 30 points or more in 10 games in a row.
Kyle Anderson had 20 points and Mike Conley added 19 for the Grizzlies, who lost for the seventh time in nine games.
Golden State 132, at Phoenix 109: Stephen Curry scored 34 points and Kevin Durant added 25, leading the Warriors to the road win. The Warriors beat the Suns for the 17th straight time, including eight in a row in Phoenix.
Golden State shot 50% (14 for 28) from three-point range, with Curry making five of nine.
Deandre Ayton had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns, who have lost five of six. T.J Warren added 24 points and Devin Booker 20.
at San Antonio 120, Boston 111: LaMarcus Aldridge scored 32 points and San Antonio rode a 46-point third quarter to a victory over Boston.
Derrick White had a career-high 22 points for San Antonio, which has won 11 of 13 to close within four games of the top spot in the Western Conference.
The Spurs made 19 of 25 shots (76%) in the third quarter, their highest-scoring period since 1993 and the 12th-highest in franchise history.
Jaylen Brown had a season-high 30 points, but Boston was unable to maintain its first-half advantage.
at Oklahoma City 122, Dallas 102: Russell Westbrook had 32 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Thunder gained a split of their back-to-back against the Mavericks, never trailing Monday night.
Paul George added 22 points and Jerami Grant had 16 for the Thunder, who had dropped three of their last four games. That included a 105-103 loss at Dallas on Sunday, when Oklahoma City blew a six-point lead in the final 1:59 and Westbrook went 4 of 22 from the field and scored only nine points.
Harrison Barnes led Dallas with 25 points, matching his career high with seven 3-pointers in nine attempts, and Luca Doncic had 17 points. The Mavericks are 2-16 on the road, offsetting their 15-3 home record.
at New Orleans 123, Minnesota 114: Julius Randle had 33 points and 11 rebounds, Darius Miller scored 13 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, and the Pelicans overcame Anthony Davis’ absence. Miller made five three-pointers, his last from the left wing to put the Pelicans up 115-109 with 1:12 to go.
Jrue Holiday, who had 26 points, added three late free throws — one of them after Karl-Anthony Towns was assessed a technical foul — and the Wolves were unable to recover. E’Twaun Moore scored 17 points for the Pelicans, who found out shortly before tip-off that Davis was too ill to play.
Towns finished with 28 points and 17 rebounds scoring 10 of his points during a tight fourth quarter before fouling out with 12.5 seconds left. Andrew Wiggins scored 20 points for Minnesota, while Taj Gibson scored 17 and Covington 16.
at Charlotte 125, Orlando 100: Kemba Walker scored 24 points in just 27 minutes, and Charlotte beat Orlando for the 13th straight time.
Walker had 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting in the first half and did not play in the fourth quarter. Malik Monk added 21 points as the Hornets put six players in double figures in the easy victory over the Magic and Steve Clifford, who coached Charlotte for five seasons.
The Hornets improved to 18-18 with their second win in three games.
Aaron Gordon scored 14 points and Nikola Vucevic had 12, but he did not play after leaving the court with a knee injury late in the third quarter. Mo Bamba had 12 rebounds in 18 minutes for the Magic, who opened a six-game trip by having a two-game winning streak snapped.
at Indianapolis 116, Atlanta 108: Victor Oladipo scored 22 points while Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner each added 20 to lead Indiana past Atlanta.
Indiana has won five straight and 12 of 14 to became the third team in the league with 25 wins this season. John Collins finished with 22 points and 16 rebounds to lead Atlanta. Rookie Kevin Huerter scored 22 points and made six 3-pointers, both season highs, as the Hawks lost for the second time in seven games — both to the Pacers in the last week.
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