NBA Wrap: Harden hits game winner; Cavs fall to Pelicans in OT
(Philstar.com) - December 4, 2015 - 10:00pm

DALLAS — James Harden scored 25 points after another rough shooting start against Dallas as the Houston Rockets beat the Mavericks 100-96 Friday night (Saturday Manila time). 

Harden, who missed his first 11 shots in a home loss to Dallas last month, was 3 of 12 in the first half before making seven of 11. That included a clinching jumper that hit the rim and backboard before bouncing on the rim a couple more times and going in for a four-point lead with 7 seconds left.

The All-Star guard also had nine assists, including one to Terrence Jones for a wide-open dunk that put Houston ahead for good at 98-96 in the final minute.

Deron Williams had 22 points and six assists to lead the Mavericks.

PELICANS 114, CAVALIERS 108, OT

NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis had 31 points, 12 rebounds and four steals, as New Orleans survived a stunning fourth-quarter surge by LeBron James to beat Cleveland in overtime.

Davis scored six points in the extra period on three jumpers from beyond 12 feet.

The Pelicans led by 13 with less than seven minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Cavs stormed back to take a late lead, with James scoring 21 of their last 24 points in regulation.

Jrue Holiday's 3 pulled New Orleans back into a tie at 105 with 8 seconds left before James, who finished with 37 points, missed a 19-footer that could have won it. James didn't score in overtime, missing two shots.

KNICKS 108, NETS 91

NEW YORK  — Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points and Kristaps Porzingis had 19 as New York beat Brooklyn to get back to .500.

Arron Afflalo added 18 points for the Knicks (10-10), who dominated lowly Philadelphia and Brooklyn in their last two games after a four-game losing streak. They reclaimed city bragging rights with ease, leading by as much as 31 points.

Brook Lopez scored 21 points, and Thaddeus Young had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets. They had won two in a row and have a lot to fix before they host the unbeaten Golden State Warriors on Sunday.

Lopez beat twin brother Robin to take the opening tip, and it was soon clear that was all the Nets would be winning. The Knicks blitzed them with a season-best 42 points in the first quarter, led 65-42 at halftime and opened their first lead of 30 or more since the 2013-14 season in the third period.

HAWKS 100, LAKERS 87

ATLANTA  — Al Horford scored 16 points, and Paul Millsap and Kent Bazemore each added 15 as the Hawks beat Los Angeles to spoil Kobe Bryant's last game in Atlanta.

In the third game since announcing his retirement plans earlier this week, Bryant scored 14 points on 4-for-19 shooting. Lou Williams topped the struggling Lakers with 18 points.

Bryant showed a few flashes of his once-dominant skills, holding up three fingers on each hand after hitting consecutive 3-pointers to bring the loudest cheers of the night from the capacity Philips Arena crowd midway through the third.

PISTONS 102, BUCKS 95

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — Andre Drummond had 17 points and 23 rebounds, and Reggie Jackson scored 23 points as Detroit beat Milwaukee.

Drummond was 7 for 18 from the field and 3 for 10 at the line. It was his fifth 20-rebound game of the season; the rest of the NBA has combined for only three.

Detroit's Greg Monroe had 14 points and 13 rebounds against his former team. Another ex-Piston, Khris Middleton, led the Bucks with 21 points.

WIZARDS 109, SUNS 106

WASHINGTON — Bradley Beal scored 34 points and Ramon Sessions added 18 as Washington rallied to beat Phoenix in a turnover-filled game.

Washington improved to 8-9 after losing five of its previous six games.

Eric Bledsoe scored 22 points, and Brandon Knight had 19 for the Suns. They're 1-3 on a six-game trip.

The teams combined for 46 turnovers.

AL HORFORD ANTHONY DAVIS ARRON AFFLALO BEAT BRADLEY BEAL BRANDON KNIGHT BROOK LOPEZ BRYANT NEW ORLEANS POINTS SCORED
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