Harden, Capela lead Rockets to 125-113 win over Nuggets
P.J. Tucker set a career best with seven 3-pointers and scored a season-high 21 points to help Houston win for the 12th time in 14 games. Capela had 19 points by halftime as Harden fed him again and again when Denver double-teamed him behind the 3-point line.
Gerald Green had 21 points and six 3s on a night when Houston made 22 for its sixth game this season with at least 20.
Nikola Jokic scored 24 points for the Nuggets, who had a five-game winning streak snapped.
Harden had 14 assists, six 3-pointers and scored at least 30 points for the 13th straight game.
Donovan Mitchell scored 26 points and Rudy Gobert had 14 points and 15 rebounds for the Jazz, who lost starting point guard Ricky Rubio to a right hamstring injury less than five minutes into the game. He didn’t return.
Antetokounmpo grabbed 10 rebounds before fouling out with 42.9 seconds remaining.
Rodions Kurucs led the Nets with 24 points. Brooklyn lost for just the fourth time in 16 games.
Irving was out after scratching both corneas in a collision Dec. 31 at San Antonio.
DETROIT (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, and coach Gregg Popovich moved another step higher on the NBA’s career wins list as San Antonio defeated Detroit.
Popovich has 1,221 victories. He’s tied with Jerry Sloan for third place, trailing only Don Nelson and Lenny Wilkens.
A 23-2 run spanning parts of the first and second quarters put the Spurs up 45-33.
San Antonio was without forward Rudy Gay, sidelined with a sprained left wrist, but the Spurs still won a season-high fifth straight game. Detroit has lost seven of nine.
Mike Conley had 22 points and 10 assists for the Grizzlies, not nearly enough to stem what is now a six-game slide.
Los Angeles surged ahead by outscoring the Mavericks 32-13 in the third quarter.
Luka Doncic scored 27 points to lead Dallas, which fell to 16-4 at home.
Enes Kanter had 18 points and 14 rebounds off the bench for the Knicks, who have lost nine of 10. It was his third straight double-double.
Portland led 54-53 at halftime but pulled away in the third quarter and stretched the lead to 18.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — De’Aaron Fox had 20 points and Sacramento snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over Orlando.
After blowing fourth-quarter leads in all four of those losses, the Kings went ahead by double digits in a dominant second period and led by 28 entering the fourth.
After missing 11 games with a knee injury, Sacramento rookie Marvin Bagley III had eight points and six rebounds in 20 minutes.
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