NBA Wrap: Harden outduels LeBron as Rockets edge Cavs

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Harden's 38-11-10 triple-double bested LeBron James (30 points, seven rebounds) in the Rockets' 117-112 win against the visiting Cavs.

Cleveland, who fell to 43-22, were reliant on LeBron James and Kyrie Irving to provide the bulk of their points. But the Warriors are a way better defensive team than the Houston Rockets. Harden is the first player to ever put up two 50-point triple-doubles in one season and has matched Oscar Robertson's record for most 40-point triple-doubles in one season with five. We want to take you inside the game and call out things you might have missed.

James Harden is having an MVP-caliber season which is a big boost for the Houston Rockets' offense. And if the Rockets make it to their NBA Finals appearance in more than two decades, they could be a huge threat to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

There were plenty of smiles to go around Boston's bench after they led the entire way.

"I asked our team that when I came out of the game", said Bradley, who scored 17 points.

Houston committed just six turnovers and built on their dominance on the offensive glass into 15 second-chance points.

Brooklyn raced out to a big lead over the Knicks and then held on for a home victory (the first in 2017) in a matchup of intercity rivals.

Brook Lopez had 25 points for the Nets. "What we took advantage of in the first half we weren't able to get those things in the second half because our guys got exhausted".

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Anthony scored 27 to lead the Knicks, but he shot 10-of-26 from the field.

The Indiana Pacers meanwhile maintained their playoff drive with a hard-earned 102-98 win over the Miami Heat, Paul George steering them to victory in a tense battle.

The Heat played without leading scorer Goran Dragic, who was sidelined due to an orbital contusion in his right eye. Kristaps Porzingis added 19 points, 10 rebound and five blocks, but NY couldn't overcome another poor defensive effort that featured giving up 19 threes.

After blowing an 18-point lead, the Trail Blazers recovered to pick up a much-needed road win over the Suns.

Hassan Whiteside led the Heat with 26 points and 21 rebounds. Portland pulled within 1 1/2 games of Denver for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot. Eric Bledsoe scored 19 points, but he hit just 7-of-21 from the floor and couldn't contain Lillard on the other end.

Devin Booker scored 28 to lead Phoenix, and Alan Williams continued his production off the bench with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

In Los Angeles, the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Lakers 118-116 with a top performance by Dario Saric scoring 29 points, seven rebounds and five assists while Jordan Clarkson's 30 points could not stop the loss for the Lakers.

Marcus Smart and Al Horford both added 12 points, and no Boston starter played more than 32 minutes.

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