NBA roundup: Harden, Rockets outduel Leonard, Clippers

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James Harden poured in a game-high 47 factors and served because the nearer down the stretch of the Houston Rockets’ 102-93 win over the visiting Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.

Nov 13, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) dribbles the ball in opposition to Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (21) in the course of the fourth quarter at Toyota Middle. Necessary Credit score: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports activities

After Kawhi Leonard supplied the Clippers an 86-85 lead with a fadeaway jumper within the paint, Harden transformed a driving layup after which drilled a Three-pointer as Houston reclaimed a 90-86 benefit. With simply over 90 seconds to play, Harden nailed a dagger Three for a 95-88 lead.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers was ejected instantly thereafter. Houston prolonged its successful streak to 5 video games. Harden shot 7 of 13 on Three-point makes an attempt, grabbed six boards and had seven assists.

Rockets guard Russell Westbrook added 17 factors, regardless of 6-for-20 capturing, whereas middle Clint Capela posted his third consecutive 20-rebound recreation, pairing 12 factors with 20 boards. Leonard paced the Clippers with 26 factors, 12 rebounds and 7 assists.

Celtics 140, Wizards 133

Kemba Walker led a balanced Celtics assault with 25 factors as Boston defeated visiting Washington to increase its successful streak to 9.

Seven Celtics scored in double figures, together with a career-high 18 off the bench from rookie Carsen Edwards. It marked the primary time the Celtics have scored 140 factors since Nov. 25, 1992, after they beat the then-Washington Bullets 150-112.

Bradley Beal led all scorers with 44 factors, who’ve misplaced six of seven. Isaiah Thomas, making his first begin in Boston because the Celtics traded him in 2017, scored 18 factors and dished out seven assists.

Grizzlies 119, Hornets 117

Rookie guard Ja Morant scored on a drive to the basket with zero.7 seconds left to offer Memphis a victory in opposition to host Charlotte.

Terry Rozier (33 factors) missed on a possible successful Three-point try for Charlotte on the sport’s final shot.

Morant received again within the groove offensively and scored 23 factors, because the Grizzlies recovered from two sluggish second-half stretches. That helped Memphis win its second recreation in a row, each on the street.

Timberwolves 129, Spurs 114

Andrew Wiggins scored 30 factors and Karl-Anthony Cities added 28 factors and 11 rebounds as Minnesota waltzed previous visiting San Antonio in Minneapolis.

Jeff Teague added 18 factors for the Timberwolves, with Jake Layman scoring 16, Jarrett Culver contributing 12 factors and Robert Covington hitting for 10 factors. Josh Okogie pulled down 10 rebounds for Minnesota, which has gained two in a row and three of its previous 4 contests.

DeMar DeRozan led San Antonio with 27 factors whereas LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23. The loss was the third straight for San Antonio and fifth in its previous six video games. The Spurs will play 5 of their subsequent six video games on the street.

Lakers 120, Warriors 94

LeBron James had 23 factors, 12 assists and 6 rebounds in three quarters, and Los Angeles coasted over visiting Golden State.

Los Angeles middle JaVale McGee completed with 18 factors, 17 rebounds, together with 5 on the offensive finish, three blocks and three steals in opposition to his former staff. Dwight Howard added 15 factors and eight boards for the Lakers, who gained for the ninth time of their final 10 video games.

Kyle Kuzma scored 22 factors whereas beginning for Los Angeles instead of Anthony Davis, who was rested since he’s coping with shoulder and rib soreness. D’Angelo Russell scored 21 factors for Golden State, which has misplaced 5 in a row.

Raptors 114, Path Blazers 106

Led by 36 factors from Pascal Siakam and 30 factors from Fred VanVleet, short-handed Toronto picked up a street victory over Portland.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson contributed 16 factors and 11 rebounds, and Terence Davis added 15 factors for the Raptors, who earned their fourth win in 5 video games.

Damian Lillard struggled for Portland, scoring a season-low 9 factors on 2-of-12 capturing. Rodney Hood led the Blazers with 25 factors, hitting 5 of 10 Three-point makes an attempt. Portland misplaced for the sixth time in seven video games.

Magic 112, 76ers 97

Nikola Vucevic collected 25 factors and 12 rebounds as host Orlando pulled away within the fourth quarter to defeat Philadelphia.

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Aaron Gordon added a double-double of his personal with 18 factors and 13 rebounds, together with seven assists, for Orlando, which outscored Philadelphia by a 32-15 margin within the fourth quarter.

Terrence Ross and Evan Fournier every had 13 factors as Orlando had seven gamers rating in double figures to put up simply its second win within the final seven outings. Josh Richardson led the 76ers with 19 factors.

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