NBA roundup: Harden scores 60 as Rockets dominate Hawks

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James Harden scored 60 factors to achieve the mark for the fourth time in his profession, because the Houston Rockets steamrolled the visiting Atlanta Hawks 158-111 on Saturday evening.

Nov 30, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) celebrates after a made three-point shot towards the Atlanta Hawks through the third quarter at Toyota Middle. Obligatory Credit score: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports activities

Harden made 16 of 24 field-goal makes an attempt — the fewest ever in a 60-point recreation — together with eight of 14 from Three-point vary, and linked on 20 of 23 free-throw makes an attempt. He performed simply 31 minutes because of the one-sided contest and fell one level shy of his profession excessive of 61, achieved twice. Harden’s fourth 60-point outing ties for third in NBA historical past with Michael Jordan. Solely Wilt Chamberlain (32) and Kobe Bryant (six) have extra.

“That’s an amazing record proper there. These guys are one thing that I’m attempting to get to,” Harden mentioned in a postgame tv interview. “Hopefully when it’s all mentioned and carried out, I may be talked about in that group perpetually.”

Harden, who additionally had eight assists, turned the fourth participant to attain 50 or extra factors on 20 events, trailing Chamberlain (118), Jordan (31) and Bryant (25).

Kings 100, Nuggets 97 (OT)

Harrison Barnes scored 4 of his game-high 30 factors in succession to place Sacramento in entrance in extra time, and Buddy Hield hit two late free throws to assist the hosts, after a livid fourth-quarter rally, earn a victory over Denver.

Denver, which led by 14 factors with 7:21 remaining in regulation, took one closing lead on a Three-pointer by Gary Harris within the second minute of the additional session.

However the Nuggets, shedding for the primary time after six straight victories, didn’t rating once more till Harris dropped in two free throws with 14.9 seconds remaining following two free throws and a short-range hoop by Barnes that helped put the Kings on high. Hield’s clinching foul pictures got here with 9.5 seconds left.

Bucks 137, Hornets 96

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 26 factors in simply 20 minutes of motion, main 9 Milwaukee gamers in double figures within the group’s 11th straight win, a rout over visiting Charlotte.

The Bucks by no means trailed, constructing a double-digit lead lower than seven minutes into the primary quarter. The Hornets trimmed the deficit to a few early within the second quarter, paced by the jump-shooting of guards Terry Rozier and Devonte’ Graham, however received no nearer.

The Bucks shortly pushed the hole to 23 factors three minutes out of halftime. Wesley Matthews hit back-to-back Three-pointers early within the interval, a part of his Three-for-6 taking pictures from deep and 14 factors. Robin Lopez knocked down three Three-pointers and completed with 13 factors. The Bucks hit 20 of 44 (45.5 p.c) from lengthy vary as a group.

76ers 119, Pacers 116

Joel Embiid had 32 factors and 11 rebounds whereas hitting all 15 of his free throws to carry host Philadelphia previous Indiana.

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It was Embiid’s 12th double-double because the Sixers improved to 9-Zero at dwelling. Additionally they gained their third in a row total. Tobias Harris scored 22 factors, Al Horford added 15 and Ben Simmons (7-for-7 from the free-throw line) had 15 factors, 13 assists, six rebounds and 4 steals.

T.J. Warren led the Pacers with 29 factors, whereas Malcolm Brogdon added 28. Jeremy Lamb scored 15 factors, and Domantas Sabonis had 13 factors and 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who had their five-game successful streak snapped.

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