Harden finished with a career-high 53 points, 16 rebounds and a career-high-tying 17 assists to carry the Rockets through another lackadaisical defensive effort. Houston matched its franchise record for wins in a month (15) set in Nov. 1996, while sending the Knicks to a fourth consecutive loss.
Anderson added 25 points and six rebounds for the Rockets, who led by as many as 19 points yet were in a battle down the stretch when the Knicks cut the deficit to three points multiple times in the fourth quarter. Houston reeled off a 7-0 spurt to seize control for good, capped by a Trevor Ariza layup.
The Knicks were without starters Kristaps Porzingis and Courtney Lee and reserve forward Kyle O'Quinn, while Forward Carmelo Anthony did not return for the second half, succumbing to a sore knee. Brandon Jennings filled in admirably, scoring 32 points and adding seven assists and Derrick Rose paired 21 points with seven assists.
CHICAGO -- Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 35 points and Jabari Parker added 27 as Milwaukee took charge in the second half to pull away Chicago.
Greg Monroe scored 15 points and pulled down 12 rebounds and rookie Malcolm Brogdon had 15 points and 11 boards as the Bucks (16-16) outscored Chicago 36-20 in the fourth quarter and beat the Bulls (16-18) for the third time in three tries this season.
Antetokounmpo added nine rebounds, seven assists and blocked seven shots and was dominant as Milwaukee took charge late in what had been a tight, physical game.
Kyrie Irving missed the game with a hamstring injury and Jordan McRae was coach Tyronn Lue's surprise replacement. McRae scored a season-high 20 points in his second career start and first this season.
Guard Kemba Walker did his best to keep the Hornets close with 37 points, but he didn't get enough help. Frank Kaminsky scored 15 points off the bench, Nicolas Batum had 13 points and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist contributed 12 points and eight rebounds.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Mike Conley scored 22 points in his return from a two-game absence, and Memphis overcame the absence of Marc Gasol for much for the second half with lights-out shooting in the victory over Sacramento.
Memphis canned a franchise-record 17 3-pointers, including 11 in the third quarter and kicked off a four-game California road trip with its second straight win. Conley, who missed two straight games with a toe injury, played 29 minutes in his return and made 8 of 11 shots from the field but Gasol left the game less than three minutes into the third quarter and suffered a sprained ankle.
DeMarcus Cousins finished with 26 points, eight assists, five steals and four rebounds, but the Kings dropped their second straight after a season-best four-game winning streak. Matt Barnes added a season-best 20 points and made five 3-pointers for Sacramento.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook collected his 16th triple-double of the season to lead Oklahoma City to the victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Westbrook posted 17 points, 12 rebounds and 14 assists. He actually hit the triple-double mark in less than 20 minutes in the first half and is now two triple-doubles away from matching his total from all of last season. Enes Kanter came off the bench to score 23 points.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Rudy Gobert recorded 18 points and 13 rebounds for his 23rd double-double of the season and helped Utah escape with the victory over Phoenix.
Devin Booker scored 20 points and Eric Bledsoe added 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to lead the Suns. Phoenix shot 7 for 22 from the floor in the fourth quarter and scored only one basket over the final 6:45.