Published: Mon, January 21, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

James Harden has 58 points in Rockets’ OT loss to Nets

James Harden has 58 points in Rockets’ OT loss to Nets

In December, Harden averaged an impeccable 36.4 points, 7.9 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game while burying 5.2 threes per game.

James Harden scored a season-high 58 points and the Houston Rockets shot an National Basketball Association record 70 three-point attempts, but it wasn't enough to beat the Brooklyn Nets in overtime on Wednesday. The Rockets set an National Basketball Association record with 70 3-point attempts, with PJ Tucker hitting a 3-pointer with 1:09 left in regulation to bypass the old mark of 61. Treveon Graham made a 3 for Brooklyn and Jarrett Allen made a basket but missed a free throw to cut the lead to 142-140.

In the late game, Stephen Curry scored 41 points and sank nine three pointers as the reigning National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors rallied from a 17 point deficit to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 147-140.

Fox also had nine assists, Buddy Hield scored 19 points and Marvin Bagley III added 13 points and 11 rebounds. New Orleans lost to the Warriors for the 22nd time in their past 24 regular-season meetings.

Irving, who returned from a leg injury, hit a fadeaway jumper to give the Celtics the lead, then drained a 30 foot three-pointer for the last of his 27 as the Celtics closed with a 17-4 run.

Parker had a modest eight points, four assists and three rebounds in 19 minutes on the court in the Hornets' 108-93 win - all with Spurs fans cheering him on.

Kawhi Leonard scored 33 points and Serge Ibaka had 22 with 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who are now 33-13 overall and fell percentage points behind Milwaukee (32-12) for the best record in the National Basketball Association.

San Antonio relied on its bench to rally from a 19-point deficit and win at Dallas.

And while he is undoubtedly the focal point of Houston's offense, Harden is in the league's top five for assists, though his average is down from 9.0 to 8.5 per game. Patty Mills had 14 and Davis Bertans added 12 points, including a dagger 3-pointer with 1:42 to play.

Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded 27 points and 11 rebounds as Milwaukee posted a victory at Memphis.

Harden has scored at least 30 points in 18 straight games and has reached 40 in nine of the past 12.

DETROIT - Blake Griffin scored 30 points and Andre Drummond added 14 points and 21 rebounds to help Detroit outlast Orlando in overtime.

Nikola Vucevic and Terrence Ross each scored 24 points for Orlando.

SALT LAKE CITY - Donovan Mitchell scored 28 points and Rudy Gobert tied a career high with 25 rebounds to propel Utah past Detroit. The Clippers lost their fourth in a row to match their season-worst skid.

What's awesome is that he's doing everything and doing it efficiently, shooting 43.7 percent from the field, 38.7 percent from three-point range, and 86.3 percent from the free throw line, where he takes more than 11 per game.

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