NBA roundup: Rockets’ James Harden scores 50

NBA roundup: Rockets’ James Harden scores 50

Author : The Boston GlobeFri, 20 Mar, 2015, 10:22

James Harden scored a career-high 50 points with 10 rebounds to lead the Rockets to a 118-108 win over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night in Houston.

Harden eclipsed his previous career-best of 46, set in 2013, on a free throw with about a minute remaining. On Houston’s next possession, Trevor Ariza found him in the corner and he swished a 3-pointer under heavy pressure to make it 50.

Six straight points by the Nuggets cut the lead to 8 with about five minutes left when the Rockets made the next 5 points, capped by a step-back jump shot from Harden to make it 104-91. Harden scored 7 points after that to secure the victory.

It was the 29th game Harden had at least 30 points.

Timberwolves 95, Knicks 92 — Zach LaVine made the tying and go-ahead free throws with 10.7 seconds left and scored 6 of his 20 points in overtime as Minnesota outlasted host New York in a matchup of the NBA’s biggest losers.

Minnesota (15-53) ended a six-game losing streak and snapped a tie with the Knicks (14-54) for the NBA’s worst record.

Kevin Martin scored 22 points and Andrew Wiggins had 20 for Minnesota. Gorgui Dieng finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds, and his blocked shot triggered the fast break that set up LaVine’s free throws.

Langston Galloway scored 21 points and Alexey Shved had 20 for the Knicks, who couldn’t make it two wins in a row in OT after surprising San Antonio on Tuesday.

The Timberwolves were so desperate for bodies they signed guard Sean Kilpatrick to a 10-day contract to give them the league-mandated eight players in uniform.

Kilpatrick actually drove, arriving in the Wolves’ locker room at Madison Square Garden about 45 minutes before the start.

Suns 74, Pelicans 72 — Brandan Wright scored 16 points and matched his career high with seven blocked shots, helping host Phoenix edge New Orleans, which was playing without star Anthony Davis, who rolled his left ankle in the team’s shootaround earlier in the day.

Jazz 80, Lakers 73 — Gordon Hayward scored 22 points and Derrick Favors added 14 to help Utah beat host Los Angeles.

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