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Harden gets 21st triple-double, leads Rockets past Kings

Harden gets 21st triple-double, leads Rockets past Kings

Harden didn't shoot the ball spectacularly, going 9 of 22 from the field, but he did make five 3-pointers while making an array of pretty passes in a game in which six Houston players scored in double figures. The only number the Houston Rockets superstar seemed concerned about, though, was 54 - the number of wins the Rockets have this season.

James Harden scored 35 points, handed out 15 assists and grabbed 11 rebounds, and the Houston Rockets handled business with aplomb in a 135-128 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday at the Golden 1 Center.

It's the second time the Rockets will face Oklahoma City in the postseason since the team moved from Seattle.

Anderson canned his first five 3-pointers in his highest-scoring outing since March 10.

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"It's a huge accomplishment", Harden said of Westbrook, whom he's close friends with. "Period. That's what it's all about".

However, if Kings veteran guard Garrett Temple had an MVP vote, he would choose Westbrook. Nobody has been talking about how clutch he's been.

The Clippers are playing pretty well right now and still have motivation to play hard at home tonight. "Russ is my MVP".

Ryan Anderson added 21 points, while Clint Capela and Lou Williams both had 18.

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As they've done all season, the Rockets let the three-pointers fly, hitting 18-of-43 from downtown.

Rookie Skal Labissiere made 10 of 12 shots and had 25 points for the Kings. Ty Lawson added 20 points and 11 assists, and Willie Cauley-Stein contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds. Despite winning three of their last four, the Rockets have failed to cover in seven straight and are now 42-38 against the spread on the season. "But like I said my job is to go out there and try to get my teammates involved, try to build their confidence so we're able to go out there and play and everybody is feeling good that's the most important thing". The NBA record for the highest combined single-season average of points and points off assists is 56.8 set by Tiny Archibald in 1972-73.

The Kings pulled to within six at 88-82 in the third quarter, then watched Houston go on a 15-2 run in building the lead to 19 points.

The Kings (31-49) took a new direction with their All-Star break trade of forward DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans, essentially handing the team a younger cast of characters, and most figure to get a lot of minutes against Phoenix.

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Harden says there's no animosity toward Westbrook, his former teammate for several seasons at Oklahoma City. He called breaking Archibald's record "just a great individual stat." . "This isn't about any hating". Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni rested Gordon on Sunday, along with backup forward Trevor Ariza and center Nene. Houston made 12 3-pointers and shot 64 percent in the opening half. The Kings held out G Darren Collision, G Arron Afflalo, F Tyreke Evans and C Kosta Koufos, with only Afflalo (lower back strain) listed with an injury.


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