NBA round-up: James Harden sizzles in Rockets victory

Klay Thompson and two-time MVP Stephen Curry were at their best as Golden State Warriors routed the Indiana Pacers 120-83 on Monday night.

James Harden had 28 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds to lift Houston over Detroit.   -  AP

Klay Thompson scored 25 points in 26 minutes and two-time MVP Stephen Curry added 22 points as the Golden State Warriors routed the Indiana Pacers 120-83 on Monday night.

The Warriors (12-2) have won eight straight and kept their starters on the bench for the entire fourth quarter after taking a 29-point lead.

Indiana (7-8) looked tired after earning its first road win Sunday night in overtime at Oklahoma City. The Pacers also played short-handed, with three-time All-Star Paul George, starting center Myles Turner and backup forward C.J. Miles all out with injuries.

Rodney Stuckey led the Pacers with 21 points, but Indiana was never close after the first quarter.

Kevin Durant had 14 points, 11 rebounds and six assists for the Warriors.


Chris Paul had 26 points and 12 assists, Blake Griffin also scored 26 and Los Angeles beat Toronto in a match-up of early-season division leaders.

DeAndre Jordan added 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Clippers, who improved the NBA’s best record to 13-2 with their 10th victory in 11 games. J.J. Redick scored 20 points as Los Angeles snapped a four-game losing streak to Toronto.

The Clippers led by 17 in the second half but the Raptors cut the margin to 119-115 on a 3-pointer by Kyle Lowry with less than a minute to play. Redick made four free throws down the stretch to seal it.

Lowry led Toronto with 27 points and DeMar DeRozan added 25.


Mike Conley had 31 points, Marc Gasol flirted with a triple-double and Memphis defeated Charlotte for its fifth straight win.

Conley had five 3-pointers and shot 11 of 21 from the field, including a long 3 with 4 minutes left that thwarted Charlotte’s fourth-quarter rally and sent the crowd streaming toward the exits.

Gasol was dominant in the first half and finished with 13 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. The Grizzlies led by 24 at halftime after shooting 58 percent from the field, including 10 of 16 from 3-point range.

Frank Kaminsky turned in perhaps his best game as a pro for Charlotte, tying a career high with 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting. Kemba Walker had 17 points, snapping a string of 11 straight games with 20 or more.

76ERS 101, HEAT 94

Joel Embiid had 22 points, including four late free throws, to lead Philadelphia over Miami.

Gerald Henderson added 19 points and Jahlil Okafor had 15 for the 76ers, who won their fourth straight home game. Philadelphia (4-10) has lost 21 in a row on the road.


Bradley Beal scored a career-high 42 points and John Wall shook off an awful shooting night with seven key points down the stretch as Washington beat Phoenix.

Beal, who scored 34 points in Saturday’s loss to Miami, had 12 points in the third quarter and 14 in the fourth. He shot 14 for 22 and hit five of his 10 3-point attempts.

Wall, who also scored 34 on Saturday, finished with 18 this time. He shot just 6 for 24 but converted a three-point play with 1-08 remaining to give Washington a 102-101 lead.

Devin Booker had 30 points and Eric Bledsoe scored 29 for the Suns, who have lost five of six.


James Harden had 28 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds to lift Houston over Detroit.

Clint Capela added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Rockets, who won their third straight game.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 26 points and Andre Drummond had 13 points and 16 rebounds for the Pistons, who have lost four in a row.

With the Rockets clinging to a two-point lead and 4.6 seconds to go, Drummond missed two free throws before Harden made one of two. Caldwell-Pope missed a halfcourt heave at the buzzer.


Isaiah Thomas scored 29 points and Boston rallied from 13 points down in the fourth quarter to beat Minnesota.

Al Horford added 20 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Celtics, who trailed 81-68 after three. Boston opened the fourth on a 17-0 run to take the lead and held on down the stretch for its second straight win.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 points and 18 rebounds for the Timberwolves. Gorgui Dieng added 20 points and 10 rebounds, but Andrew Wiggins was just 5 for 18 and Minnesota scored three points in the first 9 minutes of the fourth.

Terry Rozier added 12 points off the bench and keyed the Celtics’ surge in the first 6 minutes of the fourth.


Giannis Antetokounmpo had his first triple-double of the season to lead Milwaukee over Orlando.

The Bucks snapped a three-game losing streak as Antetokounmpo finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He made all nine free throws and added five steals and three blocks.

Jabari Parker had 22 points for the Bucks and made five 3-pointers he began the night with a total of 10.

Milwaukee beat Orlando at home for the eighth time in nine tries.

The Magic were led by Serge Ibaka’s 21 points.


Kawhi Leonard had 24 points and nine rebounds, and San Antonio defeated Dallas for its sixth straight victory.

Dallas guard Seth Curry matched a career high with 23 points. Wesley Matthews and Harrison Barnes each had 20 in the Mavericks’ sixth consecutive loss.

With the Mavericks trailing 92-91, Barnes missed a fadeaway 17-footer with 15 seconds left that Manu Ginobili rebounded. Ginobili hit a pair of free throws, and Curry missed a 3-pointer with 6 seconds remaining.

San Antonio has won six straight against Dallas and 12 in a row at home.

Dallas (2-11) is off to its worst start since 1993-1994, when the Mavericks opened 1-23 in a 13-win season.

LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker were in uniform but neither played as San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich opted to rest his veterans.

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