Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Harden, Rockets hold on at Boston

BOSTON — James Harden scored 32, including Houston's final eight, and the Rockets snapped the Celtics' 14-game home winning streak with a 102-98 victory on Friday night.

Michael Beasley added 18 points and eight rebounds, and Dwight Howard finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds for Houston, which has won three straight — all on the road.

The Rockets led by as many as 11 in the third quarter, before seeing that cushion cut to two in the fourth.

Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 30 points, but had six turnovers. Jared Sullinger added 24 points and 12 rebounds.

Boston shot just 37 percent committed 15 turnovers, and were outscored 60-46 in the paint in its first home loss since Jan. 6.

Boston coach Brad Stevens made an adjustment late in the third quarter, inserting rookie Terry Rozier. Rozier started the fourth quarter and was active with an early 3-pointer and three assists.

Wolves edge Thunder: Ricky Rubio's 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds remaining lifted the visiting Timberwolves to a 99-96 victory over the Thunder. Rubio finished with 13 points and 12 assists for his eighth double double of the season. Minnesota had lost 10 straight against Oklahoma City.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Marvin Williams tied a career high with five 3-pointers and scored 22, and the host Hornets beat the Pistons 118-103 for their sixth straight win. Kemba Walker, who had scored at least 30 in each of the previous four games, finished with 16 points and eight assists. The Hornets moved eight games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2000-01 season. … Nerlens Noel had 13 points and 11 rebounds and the host 76ers snapped a 13-game losing streak with a 95-89 victory over the Nets. The 76ers' Robert Covington was kicked in the face by teammate Jerami Grant in a collision, and was taken off on a stretcher to be evaluated for a possible neck injury. … Goran Dragic scored a season-high 26, Josh Richardson added a career-high 22 and the visiting Heat used a big fourth quarter to beat the Bulls 118-96. Dwayne Wade, playing with a bruised right thigh, scored nine for Miami but shot just 3-for-15.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Former Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his wife, Shelly Sterling, decided to remain in their six-decade marriage. The Sterlings are opting out of the divorce that Donald Sterling filed for in August two weeks before their 60th anniversary. … 76ers center Jahlil Okafor will have season-ending surgery for a small cartilage tear in his right knee. He is expected to resume basketball activities in about six weeks. … Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams will not return to the team this season as he continues to help his family heal from the Feb. 9 death of his wife, Ingrid. … Knicks president Phil Jackson said the team will continue to build around guard Carmelo Anthony, and that there are things he likes about interim coach Kurt Rambis. Jackson said Rambis calls him after games to discuss certain plays and strategies, which former coach Derek Fisher didn't. They have similar philosophies and beliefs, and share a defensive mentality.

Rockets 102, Celtics 98

HOUSTON (102): Ariza 4-11 0-0 10, Motiejunas 1-3 0-0 2, Howard 6-9 0-2 12, Harden 9-19 13-15 32, Beverley 2-8 3-4 8, Beasley 9-19 0-0 18, Capela 3-5 0-2 6, Terry 1-3 0-0 2, Brewer 4-7 1-2 10, McDaniels 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 40-88 17-25 102.

BOSTON (98): Crowder 1-8 2-2 4, Johnson 0-2 0-0 0, Sullinger 9-18 5-7 24, Thomas 10-21 5-6 30, Bradley 7-17 1-2 16, Smart 2-8 3-4 7, Turner 1-6 3-4 5, Jerebko 1-2 0-0 2, Zeller 2-6 3-3 7, Rozier 1-3 0-0 3, Mickey 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-91 22-28 98.

Houston 19 27 31 25— 102

Boston 23 20 30 25— 98

3-Point GoalsHouston 5-26 (Ariza 2-5, Brewer 1-3, Beverley 1-6, Harden 1-6, Motiejunas 0-2, McDaniels 0-2, Terry 0-2), Boston 8-31 (Thomas 5-9, Sullinger 1-1, Rozier 1-2, Bradley 1-8, Turner 0-1, Smart 0-4, Crowder 0-6). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsHouston 61 (Howard, Beverley 12), Boston 58 (Sullinger 12). AssistsHouston 19 (Ariza, Harden, Beverley 4), Boston 24 (Turner 9). Total FoulsHouston 21, Boston 17. TechnicalsTurner. A18,624 (18,624).

Hornets 118, Pistons 103

DETROIT (103): Harris 6-14 6-6 20, Morris 5-11 2-4 13, Drummond 1-1 3-6 5, Jackson 7-15 4-4 20, Caldwell-Pope 9-16 4-4 24, Baynes 4-7 2-2 10, Bullock 0-2 0-0 0, Blake 1-4 0-0 3, Tolliver 0-3 0-0 0, Johnson 1-1 0-0 3, Hilliard 2-2 1-1 5. Totals 36-76 22-27 103.

CHARLOTTE (118): Batum 6-15 4-5 17, Williams 7-12 3-4 22, Zeller 3-4 4-4 10, Walker 3-11 9-9 16, Lee 7-9 1-1 15, Lin 3-7 0-0 8, Jefferson 5-10 2-4 12, Lamb 1-5 0-0 2, Kaminsky 4-6 1-2 10, Daniels 1-1 0-0 2, Harrison 0-0 0-0 0, Hansbrough 2-2 0-0 4, Gutierrez 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 42-83 24-29 118.

Detroit 32 21 28 22— 103

Charlotte 38 31 19 30— 118

3-Point GoalsDetroit 9-30 (Caldwell-Pope 2-4, Harris 2-5, Jackson 2-9, Johnson 1-1, Blake 1-4, Morris 1-4, Bullock 0-1, Tolliver 0-2), Charlotte 10-25 (Williams 5-8, Lin 2-4, Kaminsky 1-1, Walker 1-5, Batum 1-5, Lamb 0-2). ReboundsDetroit 42 (Drummond 9), Charlotte 49 (Lee, Williams 6). AssistsDetroit 19 (Jackson 10), Charlotte 28 (Batum 11). Total FoulsDetroit 21, Charlotte 19. TechnicalsDrummond. Flagrant Fouls—Jackson. A18,189 (19,077).

76ers 95, Nets 89

BROOKLYN (89): Ellington 4-11 0-0 10, Young 8-20 5-8 21, Lopez 10-17 4-5 24, Sloan 4-13 5-5 14, Brown 2-7 0-0 5, Karasev 1-5 0-0 3, Kilpatrick 4-7 2-2 10, Larkin 0-4 0-0 0, Robinson 0-1 2-2 2, McCullough 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 33-87 18-22 89.

PHILADELPHIA (95): Covington 4-7 0-0 12, Grant 2-7 3-4 7, Noel 6-10 1-3 13, Smith 4-13 1-2 10, Thompson 5-11 0-0 11, Canaan 2-7 0-0 4, Stauskas 3-8 3-4 10, Holmes 1-5 0-0 2, McConnell 4-6 0-0 10, Landry 7-9 2-2 16, Brand 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 38-84 10-15 95.

Brooklyn 21 24 22 22— 89

Philadelphia 27 26 19 23— 95

3-Point GoalsBrooklyn 5-17 (Ellington 2-5, Karasev 1-1, Brown 1-2, Sloan 1-3, Young 0-1, Larkin 0-1, Lopez 0-1, Kilpatrick 0-3), Philadelphia 9-28 (Covington 4-6, McConnell 2-2, Thompson 1-4, Stauskas 1-4, Smith 1-5, Grant 0-2, Canaan 0-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBrooklyn 49 (Young, Sloan 9), Philadelphia 60 (Noel 11). AssistsBrooklyn 22 (Sloan 9), Philadelphia 25 (Smith 9). Total FoulsBrooklyn 14, Philadelphia 20. A14,128 (20,318).

T'wolves 99, Thunder 96

MINNESOTA (99): Wiggins 8-19 2-4 20, Dieng 7-12 11-11 25, Towns 8-15 1-2 17, Rubio 4-9 2-2 13, LaVine 3-8 2-2 9, A.Payne 0-1 0-0 0, Jones 2-7 0-0 5, Muhammad 3-9 0-0 6, Prince 1-3 0-0 2, Bjelica 0-1 0-0 0, Smith 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 37-86 18-21 99.

OKLAHOMA CITY (96): Durant 11-20 4-4 28, Ibaka 0-4 0-0 0, Adams 4-5 0-1 8, Westbrook 8-19 7-8 26, Roberson 1-4 0-0 2, Kanter 7-9 3-3 17, Singler 1-6 1-2 3, Foye 2-7 1-2 6, Collison 1-2 1-2 3, Morrow 1-8 1-3 3. Totals 36-84 18-25 96.

Minnesota 24 26 19 30— 99

Oklahoma City 21 32 20 23— 96

3-Point GoalsMinnesota 7-21 (Rubio 3-6, Wiggins 2-5, LaVine 1-1, Jones 1-4, Bjelica 0-1, Dieng 0-1, Muhammad 0-3), Oklahoma City 6-27 (Westbrook 3-6, Durant 2-5, Foye 1-4, Roberson 0-1, Ibaka 0-1, Singler 0-4, Morrow 0-6). Fouled OutIbaka. ReboundsMinnesota 43 (Towns 12), Oklahoma City 64 (Kanter 14). AssistsMinnesota 22 (Rubio 12), Oklahoma City 15 (Westbrook 8). Total FoulsMinnesota 23, Oklahoma City 24. TechnicalsLaVine. A18,203 (18,203).

Heat 118, Bulls 96

MIAMI (118): J.Johnson 5-10 3-4 15, Deng 7-12 2-2 19, Stoudemire 3-3 0-0 6, Dragic 10-16 5-6 26, Wade 3-15 3-4 9, Richardson 9-12 0-0 22, Winslow 4-7 0-2 8, Whiteside 6-13 1-2 13, Haslem 0-1 0-0 0, McRoberts 0-1 0-0 0, Green 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 47-91 14-20 118.

CHICAGO (96): Dunleavy 3-4 1-1 8, Gibson 6-10 1-1 13, Gasol 7-12 1-2 17, Holiday 6-15 1-1 14, Moore 3-8 0-0 6, McDermott 4-9 0-0 10, Mirotic 1-4 4-4 6, Brooks 4-12 2-2 11, Snell 2-3 0-0 5, Portis 2-3 1-2 5, Felicio 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 38-81 12-15 96.

Miami 23 31 30 34— 118

Chicago 31 27 23 15— 96

3-Point GoalsMiami 10-18 (Richardson 4-6, Deng 3-5, J.Johnson 2-3, Dragic 1-2, McRoberts 0-1, Green 0-1), Chicago 8-21 (Gasol 2-3, McDermott 2-4, Dunleavy 1-2, Holiday 1-2, Snell 1-2, Brooks 1-3, Portis 0-1, Mirotic 0-2, Moore 0-2). ReboundsMiami 51 (Whiteside 16), Chicago 45 (Gasol 12). AssistsMiami 30 (Dragic 9), Chicago 27 (Gasol 9). Total FoulsMiami 13, Chicago 14. A22,067 (20,917).

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