NBA Basketball

Rockets beat Pelicans for 21st win in 22

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) James Harden's craftiness in the clutch ignited Houston's offense - as well as Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry's temper.

Harden had 32 points and 11 rebounds, and the Rockets won for the 21st time in 22 games, beating New Orleans 107-101 on Saturday night.

Harden's highlights included his usual array of explosive drives and pull-up jumpers, including a 27-foot, straight-on 3 that put the Rockets up by nine with 1:31 left. He also drew a foul on a missed 3-pointer in which he threw his arms forward toward Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday as he went up for the shot with 5:39 left.


Points Per Game
Rank Name PPG
1 J. Harden, Hou30.9
2 A. Davis, NO27.9
3 G. Antetokounmpo, Mil27.4
4 L. James, Cle27.1
5 D. Lillard, Por26.8
6 K. Durant, GS26.6
7 S. Curry, GS26.3
8 R. Westbrook, OKC25.2
9 D. Booker, Pho24.9
10 K. Irving, Bos24.4
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Field Goal Percentage
Rank Name FG%
1 C. Capela, Hou.650
2 D. Jordan, LAC.643
3 M. Harrell, LAC.636
4 S. Adams, OKC.632
5 E. Kanter, NY.598
6 J. Collins, Atl.584
7 T. Gibson, Min.581
8 J. Randle, LAL.569
9 J. Valanciunas, Tor.562
10 D. Favors, Uta.556
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