Harden triple double keeps Houston alive

Houston’s James Harden shook off illness to record a triple double and lead the Rockets to 124-103 win against the Los Angeles Clippers that kept the NBA series alive and trimmed the deficit to 3-2.

Harden lived up to his superstar billing, as did LeBron James, who led Cleveland to a 106-101 win against Chicago which put the Cavaliers up 3-2 and within one win of advancing in the playoffs. Harden had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists and Dwight Howard added 20 points and 15 rebounds as the Rockets bounced back from two lopsided losses.