James Harden returned to former crew the Houston Rockets and placed on a stellar show to assist the high-flying Brooklyn Nets to a 132-114 victory.
Harden, who left Houston in January, served up 29 factors, 14 assists and 10 rebounds to finish his eighth triple-double of the season.
“Once I get on that court docket, it is simply attempting to win,” mentioned Harden.
“I wasn’t attempting to point out off, wasn’t attempting to do something out of the strange that I hadn’t been doing.”
Harden’s contribution helped earn the Nets a 10th win in 11 outings and leaves them second within the Eastern Conference behind the Philadelphia 76ers.
Joel Embiid scored 40 factors and grabbed 19 rebounds to hold the 76ers previous the Utah Jazz 131-123 in time beyond regulation on Wednesday – his fifth 40-point haul of the season.
“We’re taking part in good basketball. But there’s an ideal crew in us,” mentioned 76ers coach Doc Rivers after his gamers beat the crew high of the standings within the Western Conference.
The Los Angeles Lakers – with out the injured Anthony Davis and LeBron James – misplaced 123-120 to the Sacramento Kings, a the seventh loss in 10 matches.
Buddy Hield registered 29 factors for the Kings, who moved 12th within the Western Conference, eight locations beneath the Lakers.
‘Not a snowball’s probability’
Elsewhere the Minnesota Timberwolves stay backside of the Western standings after shedding for the ninth sport in a row. Terry Rozier’s 31 factors impressed the Charlotte Hornets to a complete 135-102 win.
Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr stepped up for the Dallas Mavericks within the absence of the injured Luka Doncic by netting 19 factors every in a low-scoring 87-78 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Zach LaVine scored 36 factors as the visiting Chicago Bulls held off a New Orleans Pelicans fourth-quarter comeback in a 128-124 victory.
“There’s a whole lot of issues we now have to do higher,” mentioned Bulls coach Billy Donovan after the Pelicans’ late rally. “This group, as younger as they’re, must learn to shut video games higher than that. There are actually issues we will clear up and do higher.”
Trae Young scored 32 factors and made two profitable free throws with eight seconds remaining to offer the visiting Atlanta Hawks a 115-112 win over the Orlando Magic.
Damian Lillard’s 29-foot three-pointer with 14 seconds remaining helped the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Golden State Warriors 108-106, whereas an injury-hit Detroit Pistons ended a three-game shedding streak with a 129-105 win over the Toronto Raptors.
Mason Plumlee had 14 factors, 11 rebounds and 10 assists and Dennis Smith Jr had 10 factors, 11 rebounds and 11 assists – solely the second time in crew historical past that two gamers recorded triple-doubles in a single sport.
“That was actually particular. It was a wonderful crew win,” mentioned Pistons coach Dwane Casey. “I did not assume we had a snowball’s probability with all our guys out.”
Elsewhere, TJ McConnell set an NBA report with 9 steals within the first half as the Indiana Pacers received 114-111 at the Cleveland Cavaliers.