Friday, December 15, 2017
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Rockets survive Melo's 45

NEW YORK — James Harden scored 36 in his return to the lineup and the Rockets withstood Carmelo Anthony's 45 points to beat the Knicks 109-106 Thursday night, giving former Knicks guard Jeremy Lin another win at Madison Square Garden.

Anthony had the highest-scoring game in the league this season and grabbed 10 rebounds, but the Knicks lost their fourth in a row at home.

Chandler Parsons added 22 points and Lin had 21 for the Rockets, who beat the Knicks for the eighth straight time even on a mostly silent night from center Dwight Howard. Howard had just seven points with his 15 rebounds, though he did make a pair of free throws with 1:15 left that gave Houston a five-point lead.

Harden, who missed Wednesday's 123-117 overtime loss in Philadelphia with a bruised left foot, scored seven straight to give Houston a nine-point lead with 3:51 left.

Anthony just missed a potential four-point play when the Rockets fouled him intentionally behind the arc leading by three with five seconds left. He threw the ball up and it went in, but officials ruled it came after Harden fouled him.

Twitter regret: Matt Barnes apologized to his Clippers teammates and coaches for his ejection and sending out a profane tweet after scuffling Wednesday against the Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka. After his ejection, Barnes used a derogatory term in a profane, racially charged tweet that began, "I love my teammates like family," but he went on to suggest he was tired of backing them up because his actions "cost me money." The league fined him $25,000 for failing to leave the court in a timely manner and using inappropriate language on Twitter.

More Twitter: Knicks guard J.R. Smith, who was fined $25,000 by the league last year for a racy tweet, might have a new problem after a Twitter exchange with Pistons guard Brandon Jennings that appeared to include a threat. Jennings made a critical comment about Smith's little brother, Chris, who also plays for the Knicks. J.R. Smith, saying he's tired of people disrespecting his little brother, responded with a couple of tweets, the one that appeared threatening was later taken down. Smith denied any bad intent, saying he and Jennings have played together in the summer and had a good relationship.

Rockets 109, Knicks 106

HOUSTON (109): Jones 2-5 2-2 6, Parsons 7-11 6-6 22, Howard 1-5 5-8 7, Beverley 2-6 0-0 5, Harden 9-17 16-18 36, Lin 7-16 6-6 21, Casspi 1-3 1-2 4, G.Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Garcia 2-5 2-2 8, Brewer 0-0 0-0 0, Brooks 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-68 38-44 109.

NEW YORK (106): Anthony 17-30 9-11 45, J.Smith 4-16 5-7 15, Bargnani 9-12 3-4 24, Felton 3-9 2-2 8, Shumpert 1-4 0-0 2, World Peace 1-7 0-0 2, Prigioni 0-1 0-0 0, Hardaway Jr. 2-3 3-3 8, Stoudemire 0-3 0-0 0, Martin 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 38-87 22-27 106.

Houston 28 25 22 34— 109

New York 23 29 20 34— 106

3-Point GoalsHouston 9-28 (Garcia 2-4, Parsons 2-5, Harden 2-6, Casspi 1-2, Beverley 1-5, Lin 1-6), New York 8-20 (Bargnani 3-3, Anthony 2-4, J.Smith 2-5, Hardaway Jr. 1-1, Prigioni 0-1, Shumpert 0-1, Felton 0-2, World Peace 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsHouston 53 (Howard 15), New York 44 (Anthony 10). AssistsHouston 14 (Lin 3), New York 20 (Felton 7). Total FoulsHouston 19, New York 28. TechnicalsHoward, Anthony. Flagrant Fouls—Martin. A19,812.

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