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NBA roundup: recap, scores, notes for every game played on December 14

By The Sports Xchange
NBA roundup: recap, scores, notes for every game played on December 14
James Harden (R) matched the franchise record for career triple-doubles as the Houston Rockets blitzed the shorthanded Sacramento Kings 132-98 on Wednesday night at Toyota Center. File Photo by Terry Schmitt/UPI | License Photo

Houston Rockets 132, Sacramento Kings 98

HOUSTON -- James Harden matched the franchise record for career triple-doubles as the Houston Rockets blitzed the shorthanded Sacramento Kings 132-98 on Wednesday night at Toyota Center.

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The Rockets (19-7) won their eighth consecutive game and flirted with the NBA record for 3-pointers, hitting 22 of 42 from behind the arc while coasting to victory. Houston was scorching from deep at the opening tip, burying seven treys in the first quarter and extending their league record for consecutive games with at least 10 3-pointers at the 7:13 mark of the second quarter on a 3 from reserve Sam Dekker.

Harden finished with 15 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds to post his 14th career triple-double and match the mark set by Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon. Harden needed only 30 minutes to produce his fifth triple-double on the season.

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Forward Ryan Anderson led all five Houston starters in double figures with 22 points and was 4 for 7 from 3-point range. Forward Trevor Ariza added 17 points on 5-for-7 shooting from beyond the arc while Dekker, a second-year forward, had a career-high 19 points.

San Antonio Spurs 108, Boston Celtics 101

SAN ANTONIO -- Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points and Pau Gasol added 17 points and pulled down 13 rebounds as San Antonio defeated Boston at the AT&T Center.

The Spurs' Tony Parker had eight points in a two-and-a-half-minute stretch of the fourth quarter to help San Antonio withstand a Celtics' comeback attempt. The Spurs led by 100-85 with 4:31 to play but had to hold on as Boston forged a 10-2 run that cut the San Antonio advantage to 102-95.

But Leonard hit two free throws and a jumper to cement the win for the Spurs.

Los Angeles Clippers 113, Orlando Magic 108

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Austin Rivers scored a season-high 25 points and hit seven 3-pointers while leading Los Angeles to a victory over Orlando at the Amway Center.

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Rivers, who sat out Monday night after sustaining a concussion on Saturday, started just his second game of the season.

Center DeAndre Jordan scored 22 points -- also a season high -- and grabbed a team-best 12 rebounds. He made 12 of 18 free throws.

Blake Griffin had 23 points and seven rebounds for the Clippers. Chris Paul finished with 14 points and a game-high 10 assists. J.J. Redick added 10 points.

Brooklyn Nets 107, Los Angeles Lakers 97

NEW YORK -- Brook Lopez scored eight of his 20 points in the final seven minutes as Brooklyn did enough down the stretch to defeat Los Angeles.

Bojan Bogdanovic led the Nets (7-17) with 23 points and Sean Kilpatrick added 22, but it was Lopez who did a bulk of the heavy lifting to give the Nets the win.

Lopez hit 5 of 16 shots through three quarters, but in a span of 89 seconds, he converted three layups to push a slim 93-92 lead to 99-94 with 5:17 remaining. About three minutes later, Lopez hit two free throws for a 104-96 lead, and the Nets gradually sealed the game.

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Utah Jazz 109, Oklahoma City Thunder 89

SALT LAKE CITY -- Rodney Hood scored 25 points and Gordon Hayward added 17 to lead Utah to a victory over Oklahoma City.

Shelvin Mack added 15 points and five assists off the bench while Rudy Gobert notched his 16th double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Utah led from start to finish while shooting 58.3 percent from the field and 13-of-23 from 3-point range.

Russell Westbrook tallied 27 points, six rebounds and five assists for Oklahoma City. Enes Kanter added 19 points off the bench for the Thunder. Oklahoma City lost for the third time in four games. The Thunder shot 36.6 percent from the field.

Detroit Pistons 95, Dallas Mavericks 85

DALLAS -- Jon Leuer scored a season-high 19 points off the bench and Detroit finished strong to top Dallas at American Airlines Center.

The Pistons bounced back from a lethargic effort Sunday to beat Dallas for the third straight time on the road.

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Detroit was down 12 points in the third quarter before outscoring the Mavs 43-21 to the finish line. A 27-5 run gave the visitors a 10-point edge (79-69) with 5 minutes left.

Leuer was especially effective, knocking down 8 of 9 shots and grabbing six rebounds. The Pistons were plus-26 with Leuer on the floor.

Memphis Grizzlies 93, Cleveland Cavaliers 85

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Marc Gasol posted a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds as Memphis defeated Cleveland at FedExForum.

The Cavaliers played without LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving -- all of whom were rested and did not make the trip. Cleveland never led in the game and trailed by 25 points in the fourth quarter.

Memphis got a game-high 20 points from guard Troy Daniels off the bench and he hit 4 of 8 3-pointers. Swingman Tony Allen finished with 16 points, eight rebounds, three steals an assist and a block. Guard Toney Douglas chipped in 14 points with six rebounds, five assists and two steals.

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Miami Heat 95, Indiana Pacers 89

MIAMI -- Hassan Whiteside scored 26 points and grabbed 22 rebounds to lead Miami past Indiana at AmericanAirlines Arena.

It was the fourth 20-20 game in Whiteside's career.

Reserves Tyler Johnson and James Johnson were both big for the Heat. Tyler had 15 points, five rebounds, four blocks and three assists. James had 14 points and six assists.

Miami got a boost from small forward Justise Winslow, who returned after missing 16 games because of a sprained left wrist. Winslow entered the game with 48 seconds left in the first quarter.

Washington Wizards 109, Charlotte Hornets 106

WASHINGTON -- John Wall had 25 points, 10 assists and seven steals as Washington used its highest scoring quarter of the season to help defeat Charlotte.

Bradley Beal scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half and set a career high with nine assists for the Wizards. Washington outscored Charlotte 38-23 in the third quarter for an 87-77 lead and fended off the Hornets late. The Wizards shot 51.7 percent from the field, outrebounded the Hornets 41-33 and dominated points in the paint 56-28.

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The Hornets lost their third straight despite shooting 51.4 percent from the field and sinking 14 of 33 (42.4 percent) 3-pointers. Nicolas Batum had 20 points and eight assists, Cody Zeller scored 18 points and Kemba Walker 17.

Toronto Raptors 123, Philadelphia 76ers 114

PHILADELPHIA -- DeMar DeRozan scored 31 points, 23 over a blistering 15-minute stretch in the middle of the game, as Toronto beat Philadelphia.

DeRozan, the NBA's fifth-leading scorer, was 11 of 18 from the floor and 9 of 11 from the foul line. He did not play in the fourth quarter.

Kyle Lowry added 20 points, and Jonas Valanciunas finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors, who won for the 10th time in 11 games. Cory Joseph added 13 points off the bench, and he matched Lowry's team-high total of seven assists.

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