NBA roundup: Harden records triple-double in Rockets win

Houston's James Harden collected 44 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a win over Philadelphia on Friday in Houston

James Harden recorded a 40-point triple-double as the Houston Rockets coasted to a 118-108 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, on Friday night in Houston.

Harden posted 44 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists and occasionally carried the Rockets when things went wrong.

Capela added 30 points and 14 rebounds to outpace 76ers center Joel Embiid (20 points, 12 boards) and help send Philadelphia to its fourth consecutive defeat, since a Christmas Day blistering of the Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee Bucks.

Harden was spectacular throughout, converting 6 of 12 3-pointers while finishing 12-for-12 at the free-throw line.

Los Angeles Lakers 123 – 113 New Orleans Pelicans

Anthony Davis scored 46 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, leading Los Angeles to a victory over visiting New Orleans.

Lakers Power Foward Anthony Davies (3) dunks over Pelicans Shooting guard E’Twaun Moore (55)

Davis, who scored 41 points in the Lakers’ win over the Pelicans in their initial meeting on Nov. 27, hit 15 of 21 shots and made all 13 of his free throws as the Lakers won their fourth consecutive game.

Danny Green, who made 6 of 10 3-pointers for the game, had 20 of his 25 points in the first half, and LeBron James finished with 17 points, 15 assists and eight rebounds for Los Angeles.

Lonzo Ball had 23 points and Brandon Ingram had 22 for the Pelicans, who had their four-game winning streak snapped. E’Twaun Moore added 16 points, Derrick Favors had 15 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks, and JJ Redick contributed 14 points for New Orleans.

Orlando Magic 105 – 85 Miami Heat

Reserve guard Terrence Ross scored a game-high 25 points — including 6 of 10 on 3-pointers — to lead host Orlando to a win over Miami.

Orlando Magic guard Terrence Ross (8) goes up for a breakaway dunk during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat.

Nikola Vucevic added 20 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for Orlando, which improved to 9-4 against its in-state rivals since the start of the 2016-2017 season. The Magic also got 16 points and eight rebounds from forward Aaron Gordon, who missed Orlando’s two previous games due to a foot injury.

Miami was led by shooting guard Jimmy Butler, who had 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Heat center Bam Adebayo added 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Friday night’s NBA scores

Boston Celtics 109 – 106 Atlanta Hawks

Phoenix Suns 120 – 112 New York Knicks

Washington Wizards 103 – 122 Portland Trail Blazers


Chidi Nwoke.


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