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SportHarden's 31 leads Rockets' 135-103 rout of Clippers

08:40  04 april  2019
08:40  04 april  2019 Source:   ap.org

Harden scores 57, but Grizzlies top Rockets 126-125 in OT

Harden scores 57, but Grizzlies top Rockets 126-125 in OT James Harden scored 57 points but the Memphis Grizzlies outlasted Houston 126-125 in overtime Wednesday night, handing the Rockets only their second loss in the last 14 games. Mike Conley scored 35 points for Memphis and Jonas Valanciunas had a career-best 33, including the game-winning free throw with less than a second left. Valanciunas made the first of two free throws with 0.1 seconds remaining after he was fouled by Clint Capela under the Grizzlies basket. The clock ran out after Valanciunas, who also had 15 rebounds, missed the second foul shot.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Harden scored 31 points, Chris Paul added 29 points, and the Houston Rockets routed the Los Angeles Clippers 135 - 103 on Wednesday night in a potential playoff Rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Clippers with 20 points and Danilo Gallinari added 16 points.

James Harden scored 31 points, Chris Paul added 29 points, and the Houston Rockets routed the Los Angeles Clippers 135 - 103 in a potential playoff preview. Rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Clippers with 20 points and Danilo Gallinari added 16. They had won an NBA-best 13 of 15 coming in

Harden's 31 leads Rockets' 135-103 rout of Clippers© The Associated Press Los Angeles Clippers' Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, left, dribbles past Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

LOS ANGELES — James Harden scored 31 points, Chris Paul added 29 points, and the Houston Rockets routed the Los Angeles Clippers 135-103 on Wednesday night in a potential playoff preview.

Clint Capela had 24 points and 15 rebounds to help the Rockets win their fourth in a row. They showed little fatigue in cruising past the NBA's hottest team while playing their last back-to-back of the season.

Harden ties career best with 61, Rockets beat Spurs 111-105

Harden ties career best with 61, Rockets beat Spurs 111-105 James Harden matched his career high with 61 points, including 27 in the first quarter, to lead the Houston Rockets to a 111-105 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night.Harden hit three straight 3-pointers to give the Rockets a 103-100 lead and scored all of Houston's points in a 13-2 run late in the fourth quarter. Harden topped the 50-point mark for the eighth time this season, compared with 10 such performances from the rest of the league combined. He matched his career-best total set earlier this season against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NBA playoffs are still days away. Tell that to the Houston Rockets , who have their postseason mentality locked in.

James Harden scored 31 points, Chris Paul added 29 points, and the Rockets routed the Clippers 135 - 103 in a potential playoff preview. Houston Rockets ' James Harden (13) reacts after making a 3-point basket over Los Angeles Clippers ' Landry Shamet (20) during the first half of an NBA

The Rockets currently own the third seed in the Western Conference and the Clippers are sixth, which would pair them in the first round.

BOX SCORE: ROCKETS 135, CLIPPERS 103

Paul stunned the crowd by hitting a deep 3-pointer that beat the buzzer to end the third, in which the Rockets outscored the Clippers 34-20.

Rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Clippers with 20 points and Danilo Gallinari added 16 points. They had won an NBA-best 13 of 15 coming in, but lost for the first time in three meetings with Houston this season.

The Rockets set the tone early, shooting 64% in the first quarter.

Houston stretched its lead to 22 in the second before the Clippers closed on a 9-2 run to trail 68-53 at halftime.

Harden and Paul dominated the third. First, Paul ran off six straight points and later Harden scored eight in a row. Paul's back-to-back 3-pointers sent the Rockets into the final quarter leading 102-73.

Harden scores 28, Rockets rout Pelicans, clinch playoff spot

Harden scores 28, Rockets rout Pelicans, clinch playoff spot The Rockets rolled to a 113-90 romp past the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday.

James Harden scored 31 points, Chris Paul added 29, and the Rockets routed the Los Angeles Clippers 135 - 103 on Wednesday night in a potential Houston stretched its lead to 22 in the second before the Clippers closed on a 9-2 run to trail 68-53 at halftime. Harden and Paul dominated the third.

James Harden scored 31 points, Chris Paul added 29, and the Rockets routed the Los Angeles Clippers 135 - 103 on Wednesday night in a potential Houston stretched its lead to 22 in the second before the Clippers closed on a 9-2 run to trail 68-53 at halftime. Harden and Paul dominated the third.

Both teams mostly went to their benches in the game's final five minutes when fans streamed out early.

TIP-INS

Rockets: They had lost eight of their last 13 against the Clippers at Staples Center. ... They improved to 8-4 in the second game of a back-to-back. ... The game reunited G Austin Rivers with Doc Rivers, his father and Clippers coach. The younger Rivers is averaging 8.2 points off the bench since signing as a free agent at Christmas.

Clippers: G Patrick Beverley (right hip pointer) rested. ... The teams played for the first time since late October. The Clippers won the first two meetings, but several players from both teams either didn't play in those games or were later traded. ... Clipper Darrell razzed Paul in his first trip to the free throw line. After making both, Paul tapped his chest and nodded in Darrell's direction. ... Rapper Ty Dolla $ign sat courtside with a small dog in his lap.

Bledsoe scores 23 to lead Bucks past Rockets, 108-94

Bledsoe scores 23 to lead Bucks past Rockets, 108-94 Eric Bledsoe scored 23 points, including 16 in a decisive third quarter, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Houston Rockets 108-94. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 19 points and 14 rebounds for Milwaukee, which improved to an NBA-best 56-19. James Harden scored 23 and Chris Paul 19 for Houston, which lost for just the third time in 17 games. Harden shot just 9 of 26, including 1 for 9 from 3-point range with Bledsoe closely guarding him throughout most of the game. BOX SCORE: BUCKS 108, ROCKETS 94 After a tightly contested first half, the Bucks grabbed control in the third, sparked by Bledsoe's clutch shooting.

James Harden scored 31 points, Chris Paul added 29 points, and the Houston Rockets routed the Los Angeles Clippers 135 - 103 in a potential playoff preview. Houston Rockets ' James Harden (13) reacts after making a 3-point basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Harden scored 31 points, Chris Paul added 29 points, and the Houston Rockets routed the Los Angeles Clippers 135 - 103 Houston stretched its lead to 22 in the second before the Clippers closed on a 9-2 run to trail 68-53 at halftime. Harden and Paul dominated the third.

UP NEXT

Rockets: Host New York Knicks on Friday.

Clippers: Host Lakers on Friday.

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