(The Sports Xchange) – Highlights from National Basketball Association games on Sunday:
Rockets 137, Jazz 110
James Harden poured in a career-high 56 points, and the Houston Rockets rolled to a 137-110 victory over the Utah Jazz on Sunday night.
Harden fell one point shy of the franchise record held by Hall of Fame guard Calvin Murphy. He finished 19 of 25 from the floor, including 7 of 8 from behind the 3-pointer arc, while making 11 of 12 free throws. Harden added 13 assists. [restrict[
All five Utah starters scored in double figures, led by rookie guard Donovan Mitchell with 17 points off the bench.
Trail Blazers 103, Thunder 99
Damian Lillard matched his season high with 36 points, including two free throws to seal Portland’s victory over Oklahoma City.
Lillard was 10 of 18 from the field and 15 of 15 from the foul line and had a season-high 13 assists. Jusuf Nurkic added 25 points on 11-of-15 shooting for the Trail Blazers.
Paul George scored 27 points for the Thunder on a night when reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Russell Westbrook struggled with his shot. Westbrook had 25 points and nine assists but was 10 of 25 from the field, 3 of 10 from 3-point range and only 2 of 7 from the foul line.
Hawks 117, Cavaliers 115
Dennis Schroder scored 28 points and depleted Atlanta stopped its eight-game losing streak by beating Cleveland.
The Hawks, without five rotation players, built a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter but nearly let it slip away. Channing Frye missed a 3-pointer with one second to go that would have won it for Cleveland, and Dwyane Wade’s missed tip-in at the buzzer would have tied it.
LeBron James scored 10 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, Kyle Korver had 19 of his 23 in the fourth, and Wade finished with 25 for the Cavs, who have lost five of their last six games.
Celtics 104, Magic 88
Boston won its eighth consecutive game, beating Orlando with another impressive defensive performance.
Jaylen Brown led Boston’s well-balanced attack with 18 points. Al Horford had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Jayson Tatum scored 13 points for the Celtics, who have built the NBA’s best record by allowing the fewest points (99.1 per game).
Aaron Gordon led the Magic with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Knicks 108, Pacers 101
Kristaps Porzingis scored a career-high 40 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter, and New York stormed back from a 19-point deficit to defeat Indiana.
Tim Hardaway Jr. (16 points) and rookie first-round pick Frank Ntilikina (10) were the only other Knicks in double figures. Porzingis added eight rebounds and six blocks while making 15 of 24 shots from the field.
Indiana finished with five players in double figures, including Thaddeus Young with 18 points and Myles Turner with 15 points in his return to the starting lineup.
Spurs 112, Suns 95
LaMarcus Aldridge hit for 21 points to lead seven San Antonio players in double-figure scoring and the Spurs roared back from a halftime deficit to beat Phoenix.
San Antonio trailed by four points at halftime after a back-and-forth first half but pulled away in the third quarter before leading by as many as 27 in the final minutes.
Phoenix, ending a five-game, 10-day trip, was led by TJ Warren’s 17 points.
Heat 104, Clippers 101
Hassan Whiteside had 21 points and 17 rebounds to help Miami hold off Los Angeles.
The win allowed the Heat to snap a four-game losing streak to the Clippers. Tyler Johnson scored 19 points for Miami, and Wayne Ellington had 17.
Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 23 points, and Lou Williams had 22 off the bench. DeAndre Jordan collected 10 points and 19 rebounds.
Wizards 107, Raptors 96
Bradley Beal scored 38 points to lead Washington to a win over Toronto.
The Wizards led by as many as 19 points in the third quarter before the Raptors trimmed it to three nearing the midpoint of the fourth quarter, but a layup by Beal and a 3-pointer by Kelly Oubre Jr. put the Wizards ahead by 13 points with 4:22 left. Washington guard John Wall (sprained left shoulder) did not play.
DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 26 points. The Raptors lost point Kyle Lowry in the second quarter after he was assessed two technical fouls for arguing with the referees.
Timberwolves 112, Hornets 94
Jeff Teague had 18 points and 12 assists, Andrew Wiggins scored a team-high 20 points, and Minnesota coasted to victory over Charlotte.
Jamal Crawford provided a big spark with 15 points off the bench, and Minnesota was 26 of 30 from the free-throw line to win its fifth straight game, the first five-game winning streak for the franchise since Jan. 2-10, 2009. Karl-Anthony Towns had 16 points and Jimmy Butler chipped in 13 as Minnesota led by as many as 23 points.
Dwight Howard had 13 points and nine rebounds for Charlotte, which has lost two straight games and is 1-4 on the road this season.
Lakers 107, Grizzlies 102
After nearly gave away a 22-point, third-quarter lead, Los Angeles held on for a victory over Memphis.
Brook Lopez led Los Angeles with 21 points. Brandon Ingram scored 14 of his 20 points in the final four minutes of the third quarter. Jordan Clarkson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 15 apiece, and Kyle Kuzma finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers (5-5).
Tyreke Evans scored 26 points off the bench, and Mike Conley scored 23 for the Grizzlies (6-4). Marc Gasol had 15 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and Dillon Brooks finished with 13 points. [/restrict]