Harden, Capela help Rockets over Nuggets 125-113
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 08, 2019 11:39 AM
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) defends as Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) looks to pass the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
By Kristie Rieken, Associated Press
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 32 points, Clint Capela added a career-high 31 and the Houston Rockets beat the Denver Nuggets 125-113 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).
P.J. Tucker set a career high with seven three-pointers and scored a season-high 21 points to help Houston win for the 12th time in 14 games. Capela had 19 points by halftime as Harden fed him again and again when Denver double teamed him behind the three-point line.
Houston was up by 11 after two free throws by Torrey Craig with about 5.5 minutes left before Tucker and Harden made three-pointers on consecutive possessions to make it 117-100 about a minute later.
Gerald Green had 21 points and made six three's on a night Houston made 22 triples for its sixth game this season with at least 20.
Nikola Jokic scored 24 points for the Nuggets, who had a five-game winning streak snapped.
Harden had 14 assists, six three-pointers and scored at least 30 points for the 13th straight game.
The Rockets led 70-60 at halftime after Harden made two three-pointers in the last 90 seconds of the second quarter. The first of those shots is sure to show up on highlight reels, as Murray slipped and fell to the court trying to guard him before Harden stepped back for the basket.
Nuggets: Coach Michael Malone said Will Barton (hip) is making progress and could return in the next couple of weeks. ... Morris added 21 points off the bench.
Rockets: Houston traded Michael Carter-Williams and cash considerations to the Chicago Bulls on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) for a protected second-round pick in the 2020 draft. The Bulls then waived the guard following the trade. ... Chris Paul missed his eighth game in a row with a strained left hamstring. ... Eric Gordon missed his fourth straight game with a bruised right knee.
Nuggets: Visit the Miami Heat on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).
Rockets: Host Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).