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Harden was 9 of 15 from the field, hit five 3-pointers, made all 14 of his free throws and had 11 assists without playing the fourth quarter after Houston built a 29-point lead late in the third.
Rockets center Dwight Howard missed his third straight game with a sore left ankle, but Houston is undefeated in the eight-time All-Star’s absence.
Cleveland has lost four straight and played again without point guard Kyrie Irving, who has been sidelined for three games with a strained left biceps.
Dion Waiters led Cleveland with 26 points. Tyler Zeller added a career-high 23 points for the Cavaliers, who also played without forward Luol Deng (sprained left ankle).
BOBCATS 124, TRAIL BLAZERS 94
CHARLOTTE, N.C. • Al Jefferson scored 28 points and two others finished with more than 20 as Charlotte routed Portland.
Kemba Walker added 26 points, Gerald Henderson had 23 and Chris Douglas-Roberts 11 for the Bobcats, who finished with their highest-scoring game and most-lopsided victory in snapping a two-game losing streak.
Damian Lillard scored 20 points, Dorell Wright added 17 and Wesley Matthews 15 for the Trail Blazers, who trailed by as many as 34 points late in the second half in their worst loss this season.
Charlotte shot 52 percent from the field (49 of 94), outscored Portland in the paint 54-32 and held a 50-36 rebounding advantage over the Trail Blazers, who had won their last four games against the Bobcats.
CLIPPERS 112, PISTONS 103
LOS ANGELES • Chris Paul had 28 points and 15 assists, Blake Griffin added 25 points, and Los Angeles beat Detroit to extend the Pistons’ losing streak to five games.
The Clippers, coming off a 110-100 loss at Denver that ended their 11-game overall winning streak, shot 54 percent from the field and improved to 24-1 when finishing at 50 percent or better.
DeAndre Jordan had 12 rebounds for the Pacific Division leaders, who have had at least one player with double-digit rebounds in a franchise-record 46 consecutive games. The previous mark was 44, by the 1977 Buffalo Braves.
Jonas Jerebko had 22 points and nine rebounds off the bench for the Pistons.
SPURS 99, WARRIORS 90
OAKLAND, Calif. • Tony Parker had 20 points and five assists, Danny Green scored 18 points and short-handed San Antonio outlasted Golden State for its 13th straight victory.
Tiago Splitter added 17 points and 14 rebounds as the NBA-leading Spurs (53-16) pulled away with an 11-0 run early in the fourth quarter. San Antonio, riding its longest winning streak in six years, is two games ahead of Oklahoma City for the top playoff seed in the Western Conference.
The Spurs did it even while resting stars Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. They are 3-0 against Golden State this season, including two wins in Oakland without their regulars, after eliminating the Warriors in the second round of the playoffs last year.Next Page >
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