Harden fuels Rockets’ rally over T’Wolves

MINNEAPOLIS — James Harden scored 17 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, and the Houston Rockets rallied to win their fifth straight, 87-84 over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

Harden’s drive to the basket gave Houston (16-12) an 85-84 lead with 39 seconds left. He drove again to make it a three-point lead with 11.7 seconds to go and scored 15 of the Rockets’ final 17 points.

Omer Asik added nine points and 17 rebounds for the Rockets, who edged the Wolves after beating their previous three opponents by at least 22 points.

Alexey Shved shot an airball on a 3-point attempt at the buzzer that could have tied it for the Timberwolves.

J.J. Barea scored 18 for Minnesota (13-13), and Shved added 16. Kevin Love had 12 rebounds, but scored just seven points on 3-of-14 shooting. He missed all seven of his 3-point attempts.

Spurs 100, Raptors 80: In San Antonio, Tim Duncan scored 15 points and the Spurs snapped the Raptors’ five-game winning streak.

Manu Ginobili added 14 points, Tony Parker 13, and Tiago Splitter and Stephen Jackson each had 10 for San Antonio (22-8), which has won three straight.

Kawhi Leonard had nine points and 10 rebounds.

Alan Anderson and Amir Johnson each had 12 points for Toronto (9-20).

Duncan had six rebounds and was 6 for 11 from the field in only 20 minutes as the Spurs’ balanced attack wore down the Raptors.

None of Toronto’s starters scored in double figures as San Antonio’s starters outscored their counterparts 54-25.

Nuggets 126, Lakers 114: In Denver, Corey Brewer matched his career high with 27 points and the Nuggets overcame a 40-point effort by Kobe Bryant to beat the Los Angeles Lakers for their seventh straight win at home.

Brewer hit four of his six 3-pointers in the final 12-plus minutes, helping the Nuggets hold off the Lakers, whose five-game winning streak was snapped.

Bryant, who hit 40 points for the 116th time in his career, has scored 30 or more points in 10 straight games.

Kenneth Faried had 21 points and 15 rebounds, and Danilo Gallinari added 19 points for Denver. Ty Lawson had 17 points to go with 14 assists, and Andre Iguodala also scored 17 points.

Bucks 108, Nets 93: In Milwaukee, Brandon Jennings scored 25 points, Monta Ellis added 20 points and a season-high six steals, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the short-handed Brooklyn Nets for the 13th straight time.

Brook Lopez had 21 points and 10 rebounds as the Nets missed a chance to get back to .500 on the road (6-7) and lost their third straight.

The Nets were without starting guard Deron Williams. He used his wrist to brace himself as he fell to the court in Tuesday’s 93-76 loss to the Boston Celtics.

C.J. Watson made his first start of the season and 60th of his career.

HEAT 105, BOBCATS 92: In Charlotte, N.C., LeBron James had 27 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists as the Miami Heat handed the Bobcats their 16th straight defeat.

Dwyane Wade scored 29 points and had nine rebounds as Miami extended its winning streak to six.

Kemba Walker had 27 points, and Ramon Sessions added 19 points for the Bobcats (7-21), who haven’t won since Nov. 24.

Hawks 126, Pistons 119, 2 OT: In Atlanta, Josh Smith scored 31 points, Al Horford added 22 for the Hawks.

The Hawks blew a 22-point, fourth-quarter lead as Detroit reserves Will Bynum and Charlie Villanueva scored a combined 26 points in the final period of regulation.

Bynum finished with 31 points, one less than his career high, and assisted on the last two baskets of regulation.

Knicks 99, Suns 97: In Phoenix, J.R. Smith sank a baseline 21-footer at the buzzer after a Suns turnover with a second to play, giving the depleted New York Knicks the win.

Smith’s tough jumper from 15 feet had tied it at 97 with 10.6 seconds left.
Then, after the turnover, Jason Kidd inbounded to Smith, who got the shot off as he sailed toward the out of bounds line. Smith scored 27 and Kidd 23.

Jared Dudley had a career-high 36 for Phoenix.

76ers 99, Grizzlies 89: In Memphis, Tenn., Dorell Wright scored 28 points and Spencer Hawes had 20, season-highs for both, and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a six-game road losing streak.

Wright was 8-of-11 from the field, part of the Sixers shooting 52 percent from the field, including 9-of-16 outside the arc.

Wright hit 5-of-8 from long range.

Zach Randolph led the Grizzlies with 23 points and nine rebounds, while Marc Gasol had 18 points and eight rebounds.

Warriors 94, Jazz 83: In Salt Lake City, Stephen Curry scored 23 points, David Lee added 18 for the Golden State Warriors.

Curry set the tone by scoring the Warriors’ first 11 points. He hit two 3-pointers and made three free throws after being fouled on another shot beyond the arc — all in less than a minute.

Jarrett Jack and Klay Thompson had 15 points each for the Warriors.

Al Jefferson led Utah with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Cavaliers 87, Wizards 84: In Washington, Tristan Thompson’s three-point play with 24.4 seconds remaining gave the Cleveland Cavaliers their first two-game winning streak of the season.

Kyrie Irving, who had 26 points to lead Cleveland, made one of two free throws with 9.5 seconds left.

Crawford and Emeka Okafor led the Wizards with 17 points and Nene had 16.