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HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden had 26 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds for his third triple-double of the season to help the Houston Rockets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 126-109 on Thursday night.

Harden completed the triple-double in the third quarter. The Rockets rebounded a night after scoring just three points in the final 6 minutes in a 105-103 loss in Oklahoma City.


MIAMI (AP) — Dion Waiters scored 23 points and Miami beat Milwaukee to end a six-game losing streak.

Josh Richardson added 18 points, and Hassan Whiteside had 12 points, 17 rebounds, and eight blocks. The losing streak was the Heat’s longest since 2008.

Point guard Goran Dragic returned for the Heat after missing three games with a sprained left ankle. He had 16 points in 36 minutes.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Wiggins had 35 points, 10 rebounds and four assists to lead Minnesota past Philadelphia.

Karl-Anthony Towns added 25 points and 10 rebounds, and Gorgui Dieng had 12 points and 10 boards.

Joel Embiid had 10 points and 10 rebounds in 23 minutes after sitting out the front end of Philadelphia’s back-to-back on Wednesday night. Dario Saric led the way with 16 points, but the 76ers lost their 21st straight road game.



WASHINGTON (AP) — John Wall had 23 points and 11 assists and Washington beat New York for its third victory in 11 games this season.

New York trailed 108-86 with 4:33 play before scoring 12 straight points. Wall hit two late baskets and four free throws to secure the win.



SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Offense was hard to come by from both the Bulls and Jazz on Thursday night, but when Chicago needed baskets down the stretch, they turned to All-Star Jimmy Butler and future Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade.

Butler scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Bulls defeated the Jazz 85-77.

“We found a way. We hung on,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “On offense, you’re going to have games like this over an 82-game schedule. It’s going to come and go. Your constants have to be defense and rebounding.

We did that all game long to give us a chance to win.”

The Bulls have won four straight, including three on the road.

Chicago used 9-0 runs to start the third and fourth quarters that Utah never recovered from. Nikola Mirotic had a dunk, a steal and an assist during the fourth-quarter run that put the Bulls up 75-58.

The Jazz cut the lead to 80-75 late, but Wade and Butler hit jumpers to put the game away.

Wade scored 18 points for the Bulls and Robin Lopez posted his second double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds.