James Harden has 29, Rockets down Pacers

first_imgHouston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) reacts to a call with official Courtney Kirkland during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON, Texas—After losing just one game in November the Houston Rockets are feeling pretty good about where they are.But James Harden says the best part about how well they’re playing is that they can be much better.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES “They hit some shots in the second half,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “I thought a lot of them we were right there, and sometimes you just have to give some teams credit for executing and making shots.”Trevor Ariza made a 3-pointer in that stretch and Ryan Anderson added two finished with 19 points.The Pacers missed numerous shots, were called for defensive three seconds and committed an offensive foul to allow the Rockets to pad the lead.“Even tonight we had some lapses,” Anderson said. “But we’re a relentless team and we play hard and we know if we stick to the scheme … we know we’re going to win games. So we’re the only thing that gets in our own way.”Young finished with 23 points for the Pacers. They have won seven of their last 10 games.ADVERTISEMENT Houston led by 18 after three, but Indiana scored the first seven points of the fourth to get within 89-78.After a timeout, Chris Paul hit a 3-pointer right before the shot clock expired to give the Rockets their first points of the quarter before he found Ryan Anderson for a rare dunk to make it 94-80 with about nine minutes left.The Pacers tied it early in the third quarter before Houston used a 13-4 run to take a 67-58 lead with about seven minutes left in the quarter. Anderson and Trevor Ariza made consecutive 3-pointers to power that run and Ariza added a second 3 later in that span.Indiana got back on track after that, and used a 6-2 spurt, highlighted by a 3-pointer from Bojan Bogdanovic, to get to 69-64.But Houston scored the next eight points, with the last seven from Harden, to push the advantage to 77-66 with about 2 1/2 minutes left in the third.Victor Oladipo ended an almost 2 1/2 minute scoring drought with a 3-pointer after that. It was then that the Rockets got hot from long-range with P.J. Tucker and Harden making two 3s each to allow Houston to outscore the Pacers 12-2 for the rest of the quarter to make it 89-71 entering the fourth.The Rockets led 54-49 at halftime.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “We’re never satisfied,” he said. “We have a long way to go.”Harden had 29 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds and the Rockets rolled past the Indiana Pacers 118-97 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Rockets improved to 12-1 this month, with the only loss coming on Nov. 14 against Toronto, and their 17-4 record overall is the best in the Western Conference.Thaddeus Young cut the lead to 10 with a hook shot with about eight minutes left. The Rockets put it away with a 16-4 run that made it 110-88 with about four minutes left. MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lowry scores season-high 36 as Raptors beat Hornets Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more