Harden Runs Showtime

James Harden goes for 30+ again as Rockets beat Lakers 99-87

Dwight Howard sat out with the ankle injury, but fortunately for Houston, James Harden is on some kind of tear. Harden went for 37 points as the Rockets flattened the Lakers in Los Angeles Sunday night, improving to 31-14 on the year. Harden was again incredibly efficient, hitting 12-20 shots for 37 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, sitting the entire fourth quarter of the blowout. This is the fourth straight game of 30+ points for Harden, his seventh in the last nine games and the 21st time he's done it this year. Harden was the good news, but the Rockets continue to show an inability to close as the Lakers cut a 25-point Rocket lead in the fourth down to 11 with 5+ minutes to go. The Rockets should have won by 30, but they missed several wide open three-pointers (13-44 on the night). Trevor Ariza in particular struggled, going just 3-14 from the field. He and Patrick Beverley combined to go 4-18 from distance.

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