Houston Rockets star James Harden posted a triple-double to lead his team past the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA on Thursday.
Harden joined Michael Jordan as the only players in the last 30 seasons to record 35 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and five steals in a game in the 117-113 win over Cleveland.
While Harden put up impressive numbers (35/11/13), he was clearly tired at the end of the game, coming up short on a number of shots, including a missed layup with under 90 seconds to go.
Rockets big man Clint Capela stepped up late as Houston grabbed seven offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter. Capela finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
James had 33 points for the Cavaliers, and Jeff Green added 27 off the bench, but Cleveland's defense was quiet yet again, including Dwyane Wade's minus-21 in 20 minutes on the floor. James also committed nine of Cleveland's 19 turnovers.
With the Celtics owning a 10-game winning streak, and the Cavs sitting two games below .500, it is looking increasingly likely Cleveland are not going to win the Eastern Conference this season.
Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday posted 34 points with 11 assists and five rebounds in a 122-118 loss to the Raptors. Toronto were led by DeMar DeRozan's 33 points.
Paul Millsap and the Nuggets dropped the Thunder to 4-7 with an impressive all-around game. Millsap finished with 17 points, seven rebounds, six blocks, five assists, and two steals in the 102-94 win.
Lonzo Ball was just three of 12 from the field and one of seven from deep in the Lakers' 111-95 loss to the Wizards. He registered a minus-15 and had four turnovers as the Lakers fell to 5-7.
Washington Wizards 111-95 Los Angeles Lakers
Toronto Raptors 122-118 New Orleans Pelicans
Houston Rockets 117-113 Cleveland Cavaliers
Sacramento Kings 109-108 Philadelphia 76ers
Denver Nuggets 102-94 Oklahoma City Thunder
BUCKS AT SPURS
Eric Bledsoe is expected to make his Milwaukee debut after being traded from the Suns for Greg Monroe and first- and second-round picks. The Spurs and Gregg Popovich have seen plenty of Bledsoe when he played in the Western Conference and have held him to a mediocre 12 points per game in his career.