Harden's 30-point streak ends as Rockets beat Hawks 119-111

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 26, 2019 11:45 AM
Harden's 30-point streak ends as Rockets beat Hawks 119-111
Houston Rockets guard James Harden, right, drives past Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 25, 2018, in. Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

By Kristie Rieken, Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden score 28 points, ending his 32-game streak with at least 30 while the Houston Rockets beat the Atlanta Hawks 119-111 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).

Houston overcame a career-high eight three-pointers from Hawks rookie Trae Young, who put up 36 points.

Harden returned after missing Saturday's (Sunday, PHL time) win over Golden State with a neck injury. His run of games with 30 or more points was the second-longest in NBA history behind a 65-game streak by Wilt Chamberlain.

Harden, who said he was still bothered by the neck problem Monday morning, missed all 10 three-pointers he attempted. He got to 28 points with 23.3 seconds left and had the ball on Houston's last possession but did not attempt a shot from half court with the game in hand.

Harden last came up short of 30 points in a Dec. 11 (Dec. 12, PHL time) win over Portland, when he had 29. During the streak, he scored 50 or more points four times, including a career-high 61 in a win at the Knicks on Jan. 23 (Jan. 24, PHL time).

Chris Paul added 20 points, and Eric Gordon hit four three-pointers for 16 points.

The Hawks cut the lead to five on a basket by John Collins with about 2.5 minutes remaining. Harden missed his 10th three-pointer seconds after that, but Harden was fouled on a three-pointer on the next possession and made all of the free throws to make it 115-107.

Atlanta scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter, with five points including a long three-pointer from Young, to cut the lead to one. P.J. Tucker got the Rockets going again when he made a three-pointer to make it 98-94 with 8.5 minutes remaining.

Young's hot shooting continued after that when he made his seventh triple to cut the lead to one again.

Harden made four quick points later in the quarter, but Young was at it again after that, sinking his eighth three-pointer to cut the lead to 107-102 with about five minutes left.

Vince Carter got the Hawks within one with a three-pointer later in the third quarter before Houston scored five quick points, capped by a basket from Harden to make it 82-76 with about four minutes left in the third.

Alex Len added a triple for Atlanta after that but the Rockets padded the lead to 90-79 with an 8-0 run.

The Hawks got within seven late in the third, but Paul made a shot while being foul and completed the three-point play to leave Houston up 95-85 entering the fourth.


Hawks: Collins had 20 points. ... Kevin Huerter had seven points in his return after missing the last two games with a sprained left ankle. ... Carter received a flagrant 1 foul in the third quarter when he knocked Austin Rivers to the court on a fast break.

Rockets: It was Paul's third straight 20-point game. ... Iman Shumpert returned after missing the last two games with a sore right knee. ... Kenneth Faried had 13 points and has scored at least 10 points in all 15 games as a Rocket, which is the longest streak of his career.


Hawks: Host Minnesota on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).

Rockets: Visit Charlotte on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).

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