Harden falls just short of triple-double as Rockets rout Knicks
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 10, 2017 11:32 AM
Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) drives to the basket against New York Knicks' Damyean Dotson (21) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press
James Harden had 36 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, and Houston made 22 3-pointers while remaining unbeaten and keeping New York winless in the preseason, 117-95.
The teams tried during the offseason to work out a trade for Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks ended up sending him to Oklahoma City, though the Rockets appear to still have plenty of firepower.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 21 points for the Knicks.
ROCKETS: Houston has made at least 22 three-pointers in all three games. No team has ever had three straight games with 20 or more in the regular season. Clint Capela had 19 points and nine rebounds, and Eric Gordon added 18 points. Zhou Qi played three minutes, getting three points.
KNICKS: Michael Beasley scored 17 points before leaving with a bruised left elbow. He landed hard on a drive to the basket in the third quarter. Damyean Dotson also had 17 for New York.
UP NEXT: Houston (3-0) visits Memphis on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). New York (0-4) hosts Washington on Friday (Saturday, PHL time).
PISTONS 107, PACERS 97
Detroit outscored Indiana 30-15 from the three-point line, and had a 26-11 edge in points off turnovers.
Ish Smith, Reggie Jackson and Boban Marjanovic had 14 points apiece for the Pistons. Damien Wilkins led Indiana with 14 off the bench, shooting 5-for-6 and making both of his 3-point tries.
PACERS: Indiana led by 16 in the second quarter, but was outscored 71-47 in the final 25 minutes. Myles Turner, Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis and Lance Stephenson all didn't play. Al Jefferson had 12 points on 6-for-14 shooting.
PISTONS: Smith also had nine assists. Detroit was plus-25 in Henry Ellenson's 28 minutes. Anthony Tolliver and Reggie Bullock each scored 12 for the Pistons.
UP NEXT: Indiana (2-1) hosts Maccabi Haifa on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). Detroit (2-1) visits Toronto on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time).
CELTICS 113, 76ERS 96
Hours after Philadelphia and Joel Embiid agreed on a five-year extension worth $148 million, Boston had no trouble with the 76ers and led wire-to-wire.
Semi Ojeleye scored 16 for Boston, which led by as many as 34. Ben Simmons scored 15 for the 76ers, though he missed seven of his 10 free throws.
CELTICS: Aron Baynes sprained his left knee in the first half. Jaylen Brown scored 12 for the Celtics, who got 15 apiece from Terry Rozier and Abdel Nader.
76ERS: Furkan Korkmaz scored 13 and No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz added 12. The 76ers shot 28 percent from three-point range and 52 percent from the foul line.
UP NEXT: Boston (3-0) visits Charlotte on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Philadelphia (0-3) plays Brooklyn on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) in Uniondale, New York.
HEAT 109, HORNETS 106
Justise Winslow's layup with 23.7 seconds left put Miami ahead for good, as the Heat rallied in the final minutes.
Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson each scored 18 for Miami, which got 13 from Dion Waiters and 11 points and 11 rebounds from Hassan Whiteside. Malik Monk scored 19 and Dwight Howard had 16 for Charlotte.
HORNETS: All-Star guard Kemba Walker left early in the third quarter after getting hit in the face, and Jeremy Lamb left with groin soreness. Charlotte had a 29-14 edge in points off turnovers, but was 5-for-26 from three-point range.
HEAT: James Johnson was called for a Flagrant-1 after a hard foul on Howard in the third quarter. The two slapped hands afterward, clearly without animosity. The rookie learning curve for Bam Adebayo continued, after he had three fouls in three first-half minutes and the Heat were outscored by 10 in that stretch.
UP NEXT: Miami (2-2) hosts Washington on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Charlotte (1-2) hosts Boston on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).
HAWKS 100, GRIZZLIES 88
Dennis Schroder scored 21 points to lead Atlanta, which got 15 from Malcolm Delaney.
James Ennis scored 14 to lead Memphis.
GRIZZLIES: Memphis was only 4-for-22 from three-point range. Marc Gasol had 13 rebounds.
HAWKS: Rookie John Collins got cut beneath his right eye, then returned and led the Hawks with eight rebounds. Atlanta was plus-21 in DeAndre' Bembry's 20 minutes. The game was at Georgia Tech because of renovations at the arena where the Hawks play.
UP NEXT: Memphis (2-1) hosts Houston on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Atlanta (2-2) hosts Dallas on Thursday (Fridau, PHL time) at Georgia Tech.
MAVERICKS 99, MAGIC 96
Dennis Smith Jr. scored 16 points, Harrison Barnes added 14 and Dirk Nowitzki added 10 for Dallas.
D.J. Augustin scored 24 points for the Magic, which got 19 from Jonathon Simmons.
MAGIC: Nikola Vucevic grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds. Augustin was 6-for-10 from three-point range, and Mo Speights had 15 points after shooting 4-for-7 from beyond the arc.
MAVERICKS: Smith also had seven assists and six rebounds. J.J. Barea was very effective, tallying eight points and nine rebounds. Nowitzki made four of his seven shots.
UP NEXT: Orlando (2-2) vists San Antonio on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). Dallas (3-1) visits Atlanta on Thursday (Friday, PHL time) at Georgia Tech.
JAZZ 120, SUNS 102
Ricky Rubio scored 20 points in only 15 first-half minutes, getting the rest of the night off as Utah rolled. The Jazz never trailed, and had a 28-point lead by the time the game was 21 minutes old.
Donovan Mitchell added 17 for the Jazz.
Devin Booker scored 19 for Phoenix, which got 18 more from Alex Len.
JAZZ: Rubio shot 8-for-10, plus had three steals. Derrick Favors was plus-22 in 20 minutes, finishing with nine points, six rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks in that little bit of work. The Jazz used 17 players, and 16 scored.
SUNS: Josh Jackson scored 14 and Marquese Chriss added 13. Eric Bledsoe handed out seven assists, but shot just 1-for-6. Phoenix took 41 free throws to Utah's 17.
UP NEXT: Utah (4-0) visits the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). Phoenix (1-2) hosts Portland on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).
TRAIL BLAZERS 97, KINGS 83
Jusuf Nurkic scored 16 points to lead Portland. The Trail Blazers' backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 26 points, on 7-for-21 shooting.
Justin Jackson had 16 for Sacramento, which was without several rotation players.
TRAIL BLAZERS: Caleb Swanigan had 12 rebounds, while Evan Turner and Jake Layman each scored 10 points. Portland finished with a 48-39 rebounding edge.
KINGS: Frank Mason was impressive, with 13 points and five rebounds. Skal Labissiere also scored 13 for Sacramento.
UP NEXT: Portland (3-1) visits Phoenix on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Sacramento (1-3) visits the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday (Friday, PHL time).