Rockets 91, Knicks 86
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[November 25, 2014]
Rockets 91, Knicks 86: James Harden poured
in a season-high 36 points, including his team's final 12, and matched
his career high with seven 3-pointers as short-handed Houston pulled
away from visiting New York.
Donatas Motiejunas collected 13 points and eight rebounds for
Houston, which was without star center Dwight Howard (knee) and
starters Patrick Beverley (hamstring) and Terrence Jones (leg).
Trevor Ariza added 10 points and had three of the Rockets' 13
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 14 points despite missing the
entire second half because of back spasms. Jose Calderon and Travis
Wear each scored nine points, and Amar'e Stoudemire, Shane Larkin,
Pablo Prigioni and J.R. Smith added eight apiece for New York.
The Knicks were down by 11 when Anthony departed but scored the
final seven points of the half to pull within 51-46 and took
advantage of three straight Houston turnovers to begin the third
with six straight points for a 52-51 lead. Harden gave the Rockets
the lead four times in the third quarter, but New York answered each
time and forged a 69-69 tie entering the fourth on Stoudemire's
jumper with 27 seconds left in the quarter.
New York took its largest lead of the game at 78-72 on a Tim
Hardaway Jr. 3-pointer with 8:51 left, but Houston responded with
seven straight points to regain the lead. Iman Shumpert's basket
with 3:53 left knotted it at 82, but Harden answered with a
3-pointer before knocking down six straight free throws down the
stretch to ice it.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Harden's five games with 30 or more points this
season are tied for the league lead with LeBron James. … New York
has lost six straight road games overall and has dropped 10 straight
in the series dating to Jan. 26, 2009. … Beverley has missed time
with the same injury on three separate occasions dating to the
second game of the season, and Rockets coach Kevin McHale said he is
likely to take more time off to allow the nagging hamstring to heal.
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