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Rockets dominate after halftime to snap skid

HOUSTON — James Harden had 26 points and tied a career high with 14 assists as the Rockets snapped a three-game losing streak with a 115-102 win over the Heat on Tuesday night.

Houston had a double-digit lead for most of the second half and was up by 10 when Josh Smith scored all of the team's points in a 7-2 run that pushed the lead to 104-89 with about five minutes left.

The Rockets started Smith, a 6-foot-9 forward, at center with Dwight Howard serving a one-game suspension for making contact with an official and Clint Capela out with a thigh injury.

Smith scored a season-high 19 in his second start this season.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Isaiah Thomas had 20 points and eight assists, and the visiting Celtics wore down the Knicks 97-89.

Celtics 97, Knicks 89

BOSTON (97): Crowder 6-10 3-4 16, Johnson 2-3 0-2 4, Sullinger 2-6 0-0 4, I.Thomas 7-18 5-5 20, Bradley 3-13 0-0 6, Olynyk 5-8 2-2 13, Turner 6-13 2-2 14, Smart 1-5 2-2 4, Jerebko 0-1 0-0 0, Zeller 8-13 0-0 16. Totals 40-90 14-17 97.

NEW YORK (89): Anthony 4-16 7-10 16, Porzingis 4-11 2-2 10, Lopez 6-12 5-6 17, Galloway 0-4 1-1 1, Afflalo 7-16 2-4 18, L.Thomas 2-4 1-2 6, Williams 3-7 0-0 6, Seraphin 1-2 0-0 2, Grant 0-1 0-0 0, Vujacic 4-9 3-3 13. Totals 31-82 21-28 89.

Boston 21 24 25 27— 97

New York 22 25 18 24— 89

3-Point GoalsBoston 3-19 (Olynyk 1-3, Crowder 1-4, I.Thomas 1-5, Jerebko 0-1, Smart 0-3, Bradley 0-3), New York 6-20 (Vujacic 2-4, Afflalo 2-5, L.Thomas 1-1, Anthony 1-5, Galloway 0-1, Porzingis 0-2, Williams 0-2). Fouled OutAnthony. ReboundsBoston 53 (Turner, Zeller 10), New York 58 (Anthony 14). AssistsBoston 20 (I.Thomas 8), New York 13 (Anthony 4). Total FoulsBoston 24, New York 16. TechnicalsI.Thomas, New York Coach Fisher. Flagrant Fouls—Johnson, Anthony. A19,812 (19,763).

Rockets 115, Heat 102

MIAMI (102): Deng 7-13 1-2 17, Bosh 3-11 6-8 13, Stoudemire 6-12 2-2 14, Dragic 6-12 1-3 14, Wade 6-18 4-6 16, Winslow 4-5 2-2 11, Udrih 2-5 0-0 4, Green 4-6 4-4 13, McRoberts 0-1 0-0 0, Haslem 0-1 0-0 0, Stokes 0-0 0-0 0, Richardson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 38-85 20-27 102.

HOUSTON (115): Brewer 4-10 0-0 10, Ariza 4-10 0-0 9, Smith 8-13 0-0 19, Beverley 5-7 1-2 14, Harden 10-19 3-4 26, Jones 4-9 3-4 11, Terry 0-1 0-0 0, Thornton 7-11 0-0 18, Lawson 2-3 1-2 5, McDaniels 0-1 3-4 3. Totals 44-84 11-16 115.

Miami 31 24 25 22— 102

Houston 31 29 27 28— 115

3-Point GoalsMiami 6-17 (Deng 2-4, Winslow 1-1, Bosh 1-2, Green 1-3, Dragic 1-3, Haslem 0-1, Richardson 0-1, Udrih 0-2), Houston 16-35 (Thornton 4-7, Beverley 3-4, Smith 3-5, Harden 3-8, Brewer 2-5, Ariza 1-4, Terry 0-1, Lawson 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMiami 60 (Stoudemire 10), Houston 39 (Jones 7). AssistsMiami 26 (Dragic 6), Houston 30 (Harden 14). Total FoulsMiami 18, Houston 19. A18,229 (18,023).

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