James Harden inspires Houston Rockets to 10th straight win

James Harden inspires Houston Rockets to 10th straight win

While the two lead stories in the National Basketball Association right now are the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers and the insane decision from Steve Kerr, more attention should be on the red-hot Houston Rockets.

Pelicans 139, Lakers 117: All-Star forward Anthony Davis had 42 points and 15 rebounds as New Orleans defeated Los Angeles in New Orleans. Tobias Harris added 21 points, Danilo Gallinari had 20 and Lou Williams 19 for the Clippers.

Since the start of January, Harden is averaging 1.77 steals and 1.15 blocks.

Thunder 121, Grizzlies 114: Paul George scored 28 points, Russell Westbrook added 23 points in his 17th triple-double of the season, and visiting Oklahoma City survived a second-half Memphis rally. Jrue Holiday had 24 points and 11 assists, and reserve Darius Miller scored 19 points.

CJ McCollum added 29 points, and Jusuf Nurkic contributed 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who won for the 10th time in 11 home contests.

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Wizards 118, Knicks 113 • In New York, Bradley Beal had 36 points and Washington overcame a 27-point deficit to beat New York. He made 6 of his 19 attempts from the field, for a 31.6% field goal percentage (11/12 from the line, 4/13 from three-point range). The total number of points scored for the over/under is listed at 222. Griffin finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. An 11-3 run to close out the third kept the powder blue and red within striking distance going into the final quarter. Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry each scored 17 points for Golden State, which saw the end of a three-game win streak. The Rockets won 14 consecutive games bridging the months of November and December. But Johnson made a 3-pointer on the next possession to make it 75-65.

Houston's supercharged offense is powered by 42 three-point attempts per game, which leads the National Basketball Association by a wide margin.

Seven Detroit Pistons players reached double figures as they beat the Atlanta Hawks 104-98, the Indiana Pacers saw off the Brooklyn Nets 108-103 and the Toronto Raptors were 122-98 winners against the Chicago Bulls. Towns leads in rebounds with 12.1 while Teague tops in assists with 7.1.

Hornets 104, Magics 102 • In Orlando, Fla., Dwight Howard had 22 points and 13 rebounds, Kemba Walker added 20 points and Charlotte edged Orlando to stop a four-game slide.

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