Harden, Rockets win 10th straight, topping Kings
The Rockets are 44-13 entering the All-Star break after winning 17 of their last 19 games.
Houston led by as many as 17, but the Kings got within striking distance several times in the fourth quarter. They were within six late when Houston used a 7-2 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Harden, to make it 94-83 with just more than a minute left.
The Kings scored the next five points, with a 3-pointer from Garrett Temple, to cut it to six again with 30 seconds left. Joe Johnson, in his Houston debut, added two free throws before Bogdan Bogdanovic hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 96-91 with about 25 seconds left.
Chris Paul added 19 points and seven assists for Houston. Bogdanovic led the Kings with 20 points.
CJ McCollum added 29 points for the Blazers, who go into the All-Star break six games over .500 (32-26).
Durant added seven rebounds and six assists, but Golden State had its three-game winning streak snapped. It was Durant’s fifth career 50-point game and first this season.
Kyrie Irving led Boston with 33 points and eight assists. Al Horford had 20 points, and Marcus Morris added 13 points and 11 rebounds. The Celtics lost for the fourth time in five games, a stretch that has seen them fall behind Toronto for the best record in the Eastern Conference.
JAZZ 107, SUNS 97
Devin Booker returned from a hip injury to lead the Suns with 28 points. Josh Jackson added 22 points, and Elfrid Payton had a triple-double with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists. Phoenix has lost seven straight.
Westbrook finished with 15 assists and 13 rebounds to help Oklahoma City win for only the third time in the last nine games. Carmelo Anthony added 19 points. The Thunder made a season-high 17 3-pointers.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Anthony Davis had 42 points and 15 rebounds in New Orleans’ victory over Los Angeles.
It was the highest scoring game of the season for New Orleans, which has won three in a row heading into the All-Star break. Kyle Kuzma scored 23 points for Los Angeles.
Lowry made four 3-pointers, and he and Ibaka each grabbed seven rebounds.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 37 points – 32 in the first half – to lead the Knicks. They’ve lost a season-worst eight straight and are 0-4 since losing All-Star Kristaps Porzingis to a season-ending knee injury.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Ben Simmons had a triple-double, J.J. Redick hit a 19-foot, off-balanced jumper from the baseline with 19.4 seconds left and short-handed Philadelphia overcame a 24-point second-half deficit to beat Miami.
Dario Saric added 19 points and Marco Belinelli had 17 in his first game with the team to help the 76ers win their fifth straight and 11th in a row on their home court. Philadelphia All-Star center Joel Embiid sat because of soreness in his right ankle.
James Johnson had 22 points for the Heat. They have lost seven of eight.
Mario Hezonja led Orlando with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
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