NBA roundup: Rockets top 76ers for 7th straight win
James Harden scored 31 points, Eric Gordon chipped in 17 with five 3-pointers, and the Houston Rockets extended their winning streak to a season-best seven games with their 107-91 victory over the visiting Philadelphia 76ers on Friday.
Harden added 10 rebounds, seven assists and two steals for the Rockets, who
seized control with a 14-2 spurt midway through the first quarter.
Philadelphia played its eighth consecutive game without All-Star center Joel
Embiid (left knee), falling to 4-4 in that stretch.
A combination of lethargic defense and errant shooting did the 76ers in,
particularly early. While Houston rolled to a 37-point opening period on 56.5
percent shooting, Philadelphia missed all four of its 3-point attempts in the
first quarter while shooting 10 of 24 (41.7 percent) overall.
The 76ers' shooting did not improve throughout the course of the game, with
Philadelphia finishing 3 of 26 from behind the arc while shooting 36.8 percent
from the floor. Tobias Harris paced the 76ers with 22 points and nine
Warriors 122, Nuggets 105
Klay Thompson poured in 27 of his game-high 39 points in the first half Friday
night, allowing Golden State to run away from Denver en route to a blowout win
in Oakland, Calif.
The win allowed the Warriors to increase their lead over the Nuggets atop the
Western Conference playoff race to two games. Thompson sank 9 of 11 3-point
attempts for Golden State, which also got 26 points from Kevin Durant.
Malik Beasley and Monte Morris each scored 17 points to lead Denver.
Clippers 118, Thunder 110
Lou Williams scored 40 points off the bench, and Los Angeles defeated visiting
Oklahoma City to move into sole possession of seventh place in the Western
Danilo Gallinari scored a season-high 34 points and Ivica Zubac added 14
points and seven rebounds for the Clippers, who have won seven of nine.
Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook had 32 points, eight rebounds and seven
assists before fouling out with 54 seconds left and the Thunder trailing by
three points. Paul George scored 15 points on 5-for-16 shooting before fouling
out with 3:49 left and the Thunder down a point.
Raptors 127, Pelicans 104
Leonard scored 24 first-half points and finished 14 of 20 from the floor. Kyle
Lowry added a triple-double with 13 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds while
Pascal Siakam scored 19 points.
The Pelicans played without three starters. Jrue Holiday (abdominal strain)
and E'Twaun Moore (quad contusion) were ruled out for at least a week to 10
days, and Anthony Davis was a last-minute scratch because of back spasms.
Frank Johnson led New Orleans with 20 points.
Hornets 112, Wizards 111
Marvin Williams erupted for a season-high 30 points and career-high seven
3-pointers as Charlotte held on in the closing seconds for a victory over
The Hornets won when Washington's Bradley Beal missed a drive in heavy traffic
with three seconds remaining. Jeremy Lamb had given the Hornets a 112-111 lead
on a 3-pointer with 51.5 seconds remaining. The Hornets had lost nine of their
Bobby Portis had 23 points and nine rebounds to lead the Wizards. Beal scored
15 points but hit just 4 of 21 field-goal attempts.
Pistons 112, Bulls 104
Blake Griffin scored 27 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter, and
visiting Detroit rallied from a 21-point deficit to down Chicago.
Andre Drummond recorded his 11th 20-20 game this season with 20 points and 24
rebounds as the Pistons won for the 11th time in 13 games. Reggie Jackson
supplied 21 points, Langston Galloway added 15 and Luke Kennard chipped in 14.
Detroit outscored Chicago 43-24 in the decisive fourth quarter.
Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 24 points, Otto Porter Jr. supplied 23 points
and eight assists while Lauri Markkanen added 18 points. Chicago had three
starters in double figures by halftime in racing to a 66-49 halftime lead
before being outscored 63-38 in the second half.
Heat 126, Cavaliers 110
Dwyane Wade sparked a third-quarter run, and Miami scored 10 straight in the
fourth quarter to pull away for a win over visiting Cleveland.
The Heat remain in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, just ahead of
Orlando and Charlotte, both winners on Friday night. The victory also was
Miami's 16th straight against the Cavaliers at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Eight Heat players scored in double figures. Josh Richardson led the way with
20 points. Justise Winslow finished with 16 points, nine rebounds and nine
assists. Collin Sexton paced Cleveland with 27 points, and Jordan Clarkson
Magic 111, Mavericks 106
Terrence Ross scored 22 points in his return from a one-game absence caused by
a sore left Achilles as host Orlando beat Dallas.
Orlando's Nikola Vucevic recorded his team-high 48th double-double of the
season after collecting 20 points and 13 rebounds. Aaron Gordon chipped in
with 18 points, and Ross went 6-for-11 from 3-point range for the Magic, who
have won nine of their last 13 games.
Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki, who finished with 15 points, moved past John Stockton
for third place all-time in games played (1,505) in NBA history. The
40-year-old trails only Robert Parish (1,611) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,560).
Grizzlies 114, Jazz 104
Mike Conley scored 28 points and dished out 11 assists, and Jonas Valanciunas
added 27 points as host Memphis defeated Utah.
The Grizzlies, who beat the Jazz for the third time in four meetings this
season, shot 51.1 percent from the field and outscored Utah 60-34 in the
Donovan Mitchell poured in 38 points while shooting 12 of 24 from the field to
lead Utah. Joe Ingles added 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the
Jazz, and Jae Crowder had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
--Field Level Media