HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 32 points, Clint Capela added a career-high 31 and the Houston Rockets beat the Denver Nuggets 125-113 on Monday night.
P.J. Tucker set a career best with seven 3-pointers and scored a season-high 21 points to help Houston win for the 12th time in 14 games. Capela had 19 points by halftime as Harden fed him again and again when Denver double-teamed him behind the 3-point line.
Gerald Green had 21 points and six 3s on a night when Houston made 22 for its sixth game this season with at least 20.
BUCKS 114, JAZZ 102
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points and Malcolm Brogdon scored 21 to lead Milwaukee past Utah.
Thon Maker added a season-high 15 points off the bench for the Bucks, who were coming off a loss to Toronto on Saturday night. Milwaukee improved to 28-11, the second-best record in the NBA.
Donovan Mitchell scored 26 points and Rudy Gobert had 14 points and 15 rebounds for the Jazz, who lost starting point guard Ricky Rubio to a right hamstring injury less than five minutes into the game. He didn’t return.
CELTICS 116, NETS 95
BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving returned after missing two games with an eye injury and scored 17 points to lead eight players in double figures as Boston beat Brooklyn.
Jayson Tatum added 16 points for the Celtics, who won their third straight game.
Rodions Kurucs led the Nets with 24 points. Brooklyn lost for just the fourth time in 16 games.
Irving was out after scratching both corneas in a collision Dec. 31 at San Antonio.
SPURS 119, PISTONS 107
DETROIT (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, and coach Gregg Popovich moved another step higher on the NBA’s career wins list as San Antonio defeated Detroit.
Popovich has 1,221 victories. He’s tied with Jerry Sloan for third place, trailing only Don Nelson and Lenny Wilkens.
A 23-2 run spanning parts of the first and second quarters put the Spurs up 45-33.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points for San Antonio. Blake Griffin had 34 for the Pistons, and Andre Drummond added 19 points and 14 rebounds.
PELICANS 114, GRIZZLIES 95
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis had 36 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots, and New Orleans pulled away from reeling Memphis down the stretch.
Second-year pro Frank Jackson scored a career-high 17 points for the Pelicans, who had won two straight for the first time since winning three in a row in mid-November.
LAKERS 107, MAVERICKS 97
DALLAS (AP) — Brandon Ingram scored 29 points and Lonzo Ball added 21 as Los Angeles handed Dallas a rare home loss.
The two young Lakers responded to coach Luke Walton’s demand for more passion after a blowout loss to Minnesota on Sunday. The duo helped rally Los Angeles from a double-digit halftime deficit.
Trail Blazers 111, Knicks 101
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Jusuf Nurkic had 20 points for his fourth straight game with 20 or more and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the New York Knicks 111-101 on Monday night.
Damian Lillard added 17 points and nine assists for Portland, which has won four of five. CJ McCollum also had 17 points.