Advertisement
  1. Sports

Harden's 51 not enough to stop Lakers

Oklahoma City Thunder NBA basketball player Enes Kanter, of Turkey, speaks about being detained at Henri Coanda Airport in Bucharest, Romania, during a press conference in New York, Monday, May 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Oklahoma City Thunder NBA basketball player Enes Kanter, of Turkey, speaks about being detained at Henri Coanda Airport in Bucharest, Romania, during a press conference in New York, Monday, May 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Published Dec. 20, 2017

HOUSTON — Rookie Kyle Kuzma set career highs with 38 points and seven 3-pointers, and the Lakers overcame 51 points from James Harden to end the Rockets' 14-game winning streak with a 122-116 victory Wednesday night.

It was Houston's first loss since Nov. 14 and snapped a three-game skid for the Lakers.

The score was tied before the Lakers scored 10 straight points while the Rockets missed seven shots in a row to go up 110-100 with about four minutes left.

The Rockets made seven free throws down the stretch but hit just four field goals in the last eight minutes, all in the final 1:05.

Harden powered Houston on a night when Chris Paul had just eight points before leaving early in the fourth quarter with a sore left leg. Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball finished with 16 points and nine rebounds.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Kelly Olynyk scored a career-high 32 in his rousing return to Boston, and the undermanned Heat hung on for a 90-89 victory over the Celtics. Olynyk signed with Miami as a free agent during the offseason. Kyrie Irving paced the Celtics with 33 points but missed a jumper that bounced off the rim at the buzzer. … Russell Westbrook had 24 points and 10 rebounds to help the host Thunder roll past the Jazz 107-79. … Denzel Valentine had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Nikola Mirotic had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and the host Bulls beat the Magic 112-94 for their seventh straight win. Nikola Vucevic scored 18 for Orlando, which lost its sixth in a row. … Victor Oladipo scored 23, Myles Turner had 20 and the Pacers beat the host Hawks 105-95. Atlanta has yet to win consecutive games this season and dropped to 7-24.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Prosecutors in Turkey are seeking more than four years in prison for Knicks center Enes Kanter on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a series of Twitter posts in May and June 2016, the state-run news agency reported. Kanter cannot return to Turkey because his passport has been canceled.

NO CHRISTMAS CURRY: The marquee game of the Christmas Day slate will be without Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who will miss the NBA Finals rematch with the Cavaliers because of a sprained ankle that has kept him out since Dec. 4.