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James Harden shook off his shooting slump while Ty Lawson enjoyed his best performance of the season as the Houston Rockets rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder and Zurich-born Turkish center Enes Kanter 110-105 in a thrilling NBA clash at Toyota Center on Monday.
Enes played for only 23.13 minutes, had six points, 12 rebounds and three assists — but that was not enough at all to save the Thunder from defeat.
Harden finished with 37 points on 12-of-26 shooting and made more three-pointers (four) against the Thunder than he did in his first three games combined, with two late misses undermining a solid night.
Lawson, an offseason acquisition from the Denver Nuggets, added 14 points, 11 assists and four steals for Houston (1-3) but a defensive effort that forced 25 turnovers superseded the offensive fireworks in a much-needed first win of the campaign.
andquotAs long as we can stay on the same page defensively,andquot Harden said. andquotTonight was about making the extra effort, it was about getting stops, knowing the game plan, knowing whoand’s going to be effective. Making sure we corral those players.andquot
Rockets center Dwight Howard (16 points, eight rebounds, four blocks), maligned for his free-throw shooting, sank two foul shots with 5.7 seconds left to seal the victory.
His surprising accuracy came after Thunder forward Kevin Durant missed a three-pointer that would have tied the game.
andquotA lot of positives,andquot Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. andquotWe havenand’t had many positives this year so far, but thatand’s something to build on.andquot Durant finished with 29 points on 9-of-19 shooting but also had five turnovers.
Guard Russell Westbrook, whose three-pointer with 44.2 seconds left cut the deficit to three, added 25 points, eight rebounds, 11 assists and seven turnovers for Oklahoma City (3-1).
h2 James, Duncan reach career milestonesh2 Elsewherei LeBron James and Tim Duncan both reached career milestones in the NBA as they led their teams to wins. James scored 22 points to become the youngest player to reach 25,000 career points as the Cleveland Cavaliers topped the winless Philadelphia 76ers 107-100.
Duncan, meanwhile, had 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists to lead San Antonio past the New York Knicks 94-84 – his NBA-record 954th victory with one team. He passed Hall of Fame point guard John Stockton, who went 953-551 with the Utah Jazz. Duncan, in his 19th season with the Spurs, is 954-381. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 19 points and Kawhi Leonard had 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Spurs.
In other games, Stephen Curry scored 21 of his 30 points in an emphatic third-quarter stretch as the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player followed up his 53-point performance from three days earlier with another sold game to lead unbeaten Golden State past Memphis 119-69.
Los Angelesand’ Blake Griffin had 22 points and 10 rebounds as the unbeaten Clippers hung on down the stretch for a 102-96 victory over Phoenix.
In Minneapolis, Damian Lillard had 34 points and seven assists as the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Timberwolves 106-101 after Minnesota honored fallen coach Flip Saunders with an emotional pregame tribute.
Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reacts in front of Enes after making a three-point basket against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the fourth quarter. (Photo: USA TODAY SPORTS)


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