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NBA: Houston 116, Cleveland 78

March 22, 2013 at 11:56 PM

HOUSTON, March 22 (UPI) -- James Harden led seven Houston players in double figures Friday and the Rockets broke things open early on their way to a 116-78 win over Cleveland.

Houston shot 57 percent in winning its second in a row. The Rockets moved seven games above the .500 mark in their quest for a playoff spot.

Harden had 20 points, Thomas Robinson added 15 and Omer Asik scored 13 points along with 11 rebounds.

Cleveland played without Kyrie Irving for a sixth straight game. Shaun Livingston had 14 points to lead Cleveland, which lost its fifth straight.

After building a three-point lead through one period, the Rockets outscored the Cavaliers by 12 in the second quarter to take control.

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