Hornets records sixth-largest win in NBA history

NBA scores, highlights from Thursday's slate of games.

Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) in action during an NBA match against Detroit Pistons.   -  USA TODAY Sports

James Harden didn't look like an MVP candidate on Thursday but an added five minutes in a matchup with the Pistons was all he needed to show off.

Harden was just 2 of 16 from the floor after four quarters, including a missed shot that would have won the game for Houston in regulation. In the extra period of the Rockets' 100-96 win Harden scored 10 of Houston's 12 points.

"Offensively we couldn't get it going but (it's) like that sometimes," Harden told reporters after the game. "Got to find ways to win games."

Usually lethal from beyond the arc, Houston shot just 23 percent from deep, which was still better than Detroit's 15 percent. The sloppy game saw 27 combined turnovers and 36 fouls but "a win is a win" for the Rockets, who recorded their league-leading 58th victory of the season.

STUD OF THE NIGHT

Kemba Walker scored 46 points and hit 10 3-pointers as the Hornets recorded the largest victory in franchise history by beating the Grizzlies 140-79. The 61-point win was the sixth most in NBA history.

Walker was 13 of 18 from the field and a perfect 10 of 10 at the free-throw line in just 28 minutes.

DUDS OF THE NIGHT

The Magic tried to keep pace in the tank-a-thon with a 20-point loss to the 76ers Thursday. Orlando had just one starter in double figures (Aaron Gordon, 10) as the team trailed by 30 to begin the fourth quarter.

HIGHLIGHT

Lonzo Ball was just 2 of 15 from the floor in a three-point loss to the Pelicans and he's gonna learn quickly that even the best guards have no chance inside against Anthony Davis.

WHAT'S NEXT

Celtics (48-23) at Trail Blazers (44-27) — Boston makes the cross-country trip following Tuesday’s last-second win over the Thunder. The Celtics play seven of their last 11 regular season games on the road but it's not a bad thing as the club owns the best Eastern Conference road record with just 10 losses.