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Harden scores 50 as Rockets beat the 76ers
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HOUTSON (AP) — James Harden had 50 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, and Houston beat winless Philadelphia.
Harden was 14 for 28 from the field and 16 for 20 at the line in his third career game with 50 or more points. He is averaging 36.2 points in his last five games.
Philadelphia moved one loss away from matching the New Jersey Nets’ NBA-worst mark of 18 losses to open a season. The Sixers have dropped 27 in a row dating to last season for the longest losing streak in major U.S. professional sports history, passing the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1976 to ‘77. The previous record was also matched by the 76ers in 2013-14.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Paul George scored 33 points, C.J. Miles had 16 and Indiana earned its fourth consecutive win.
The Pacers have won 10 of 12 overall. Monta Ellis had 14 points, and George Hill finished with 10 assists.
Nikola Mirotic scored a season-high 25 points for Chicago (9-5), and Jimmy Butler added 16. The Bulls lost for only the second time in six games.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — LeBron James had 25 points and 13 rebounds for Cleveland, extending his personal run of dominance against Charlotte.
James’ teams have won 23 straight games against franchises based in Charlotte — both the Hornets and Bobcats. He played in all but two of those.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant had 34 points and 13 rebounds to help Oklahoma City beat Detroitfor its fourth straight win.
Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka and Enes Kanter added 14 points apiece for the Thunder. In a matchup of the NBA’s top two rebounding teams, the No. 2 Thunder outrebounded the No. 1 Pistons 58-38. Detroit center Andre Drummond, who was leading the league with 17.8 rebounds per game, finished with seven.
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Paul Millsap had 23 points and 14 rebounds, leading balanced Atlanta past Memphis.
Atlanta, which had lost five of seven, had six players score in double figures. Jeff Teague had 20 points and seven assists, Al Horford scored 16 points, and Kent Bazemore had 14.
Millsap was 11 of 13 from the free-throw line.
NEW YORK (AP) — Gerald Green scored a season-high 25 points while starting in place of Luol Deng, and the Heat earned their second victory over the Knicks this week.
Chris Bosh added 20 points and Dwyane Wade had 17 for the Heat, who held the Knicks to 78 points in both victories over the last six nights.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Elfrid Payton had 22 points and 10 assists, leading Orlando to the win.
The Magic shot 52.4 percent from the field and limited the Bucks to 41.9 percent shooting. Tobias Harris scored 19 points for Orlando, and Evan Fournier and Victor Oladipo had 17 apiece.
DENVER (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points and San Antonio beat Denver for its fourth win in a row.
Tony Parker added 13 points and Jonathon Simmons had 12 for the Spurs, who were without Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. The veteran stars got the night off to rest with San Antonio playing the second of three games in four nights.

BOSTON (AP) — Jared Sullinger had 18 points and 15 rebounds in three quarters and Isaiah Thomas scored 21 points, leading Boston past Washington.
Jae Crowder scored 17 and Avery Bradley had 16 points for the Celtics, who posted a runaway win against the Wizards for the second time in three weeks.
Kelly Olynyk scored nine of his 12 points in the fourth quarter as both coaches left the finish to their reserves.
Jared Dudley scored 19 points for Washington.