PHILADELPHIA (AP) James Harden scored 51 points and had 13 rebounds and 13 assists to lead a Houston Rockets to a 123-118 feat over Joel Embiid and a Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.
Harden has during slightest 30 points and 10 assists in 18 games this season. The NBA’s third-leading scorer entering a game, Harden finished dual points bashful of restraining his career high. He was 16 for 28 from a field, including 6 for 11 from 3-point range, and done 13 of 14 giveaway throws.
Harden scored 19 points in a third quarter. Nene combined 21 points to assistance a Rockets snap a two-game movement and win for usually a fourth time in 10 games.
Embiid had 32 points and 7 rebounds in his lapse to a lineup after blank a final dual games with a knee contusion.
HEAT 100, BULLS 88
CHICAGO (AP) – Goran Dragic had 26 points and 11 assists, Willie Reed scored 20 points and Dion Waiters combined 19 to lead Miami past a Chicago for a sixth true victory.
Dwyane Wade had 15 points to lead a Bulls, who began a day with a group assembly and finished it with a second true frustrating loss. Wade and Jimmy Butler started a debate when they questioned a enterprise of a team’s younger players following a detriment to Atlanta on Wednesday. Rajon Rondo dismissed behind a day later, criticizing Wade and Butler in an Instagram post.
All 3 players were fined, and Wade and Butler were hold out of a starting lineup as punishment.
Butler was a initial off dais and perceived a shrill acclaim from a United Center throng when he checked in with 6:53 remaining in a initial quarter. Wade also perceived a shrill acclaim when he entered 28 seconds later. Rondo, though, was greeted by some boos when he checked in with 5:05 to go in a first.
CAVALIERS 124, NETS 116
CLEVELAND (AP) – LeBron James scored 31 points, Kyrie Irving combined 28 and Cleveland finished a violent week with a feat over Brooklyn.
The NBA champions had mislaid 3 true and 6 of 8 while James questioned either a classification was entirely committed to winning a second title.
The Cavaliers took advantage of a timely revisit from a NBA’s misfortune team. Irving scored 20 points, and James combined 10 in a third entertain when Cleveland built an 86-62 lead.
Kevin Love, named to a All-Star group Thursday, had 13 points and 14 rebounds.
Sean Kilpatrick led Brooklyn with 18 points, and Bojan Bogdanovic had 17. The Nets have mislaid 4 true and 15 of their final 16.
PELICANS 119, SPURS 103
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Jrue Holiday scored 23 points, Anthony Davis had 16 points and tied a career high with 22 rebounds, and New Orleans snapped San Antonio’s five-game winning streak.
The Spurs had been winning newly notwithstanding carrying starters Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker sidelined with whinging injuries. San Antonio fell with both behind on a floor. Leonard, returning from bruise left hand, scored 23, though showed some rustiness from a field, blank 10 of 16 shots. Parker strike usually dual of 7 shots and one missed was a movement stalling atmosphere round 3 inside a final 5 minutes.
Terrence Jones scored 21 points, and Solomon Hill combined 16 points for New Orleans.
CELTICS 128, MAGIC 98
BOSTON (AP) – Isaiah Thomas had 21 points and 8 assists in usually 3 quarters, fluctuating his strain during slightest 20 points to 30 games and assisting Boston kick Orlando.
Rookie Jaylen Brown combined a career-high 20 points, Jae Crowder had 19 and Kelly Olynyk done all 7 shots he attempted, finishing with 16 points.
Nikola Vucevic and Damjan Rudez any had 14 points for a Magic.
KNICKS 110, HORNETS 107
NEW YORK (AP) – Carmelo Anthony shook off some boos and a severe sharpened night to measure 18 points, Courtney Lee combined 16 opposite his former group and New York kick Charlotte.
Anthony finished 8 for 26 from a margin and had usually one basket in a fourth, though it was a large one, a jumper with 13 seconds left and a Knicks sticking to a two-point lead.
Kemba Walker had 31 points and 10 rebounds for Charlotte.
PACERS 115, KINGS 111, OT
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Paul George scored 12 of Indiana’s final 16 points and finished with 33 and a Pacers overcame a 16-point third-quarter necessity to kick Sacramento.
Jeff Teague had 17 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for Indiana. The Pacers won their second true and swept a deteriorate array with a Kings for a initial time given 2013-14.
DeMarcus Cousins had 26 points and 16 rebounds, and Darren Collison also had 26 points for Sacramento. The Kings have mislaid 6 of eight.
TRAIL BLAZERS 112, GRIZZLIES 109
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Damian Lillard scored 33 points, including 13 true for Portland late in a fourth quarter, and a Trail Blazers hold off Memphis.
Allen Crabbe had 23 points to assistance a Blazers win 3 true for a initial time given early December. Marc Gasol, entrance off a career-high 42 points Wednesday night in a feat over Toronto, scored 32 points for a Grizzlies. Zach Randolph combined 17 points and 13 rebounds.
RAPTORS 102, BUCKS 86
TORONTO (AP) – Kyle Lowry had 32 points, Norman Powell combined 19 and Toronto kick Milwaukee to snap a longest losing strain of a deteriorate during 5 games.
Still but harmed star DeMar DeRozan, Toronto rolled to a seventh true feat opposite a Bucks and 13th in a final 14 meetings. Jabari Parker had 21 points and 13 rebounds for a Bucks.
WIZARDS 112, HAWKS 86
ATLANTA (AP) – Otto Porter Jr. had 21 points and 11 rebounds, John Wall scored 19 points and Washington kick Atlanta.
Washington has won 3 true and 10 of 12, improving to 20-8 given Dec. 5.
Kent Bazemore scored 15 for a Hawks.
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