Rockets fall to Wizards despite Harden's 54 points
James Harden’s big game wasn’t enough to lead the Houston Rockets to a win over the Washington Wizards on Monday.
Harden tallied 54 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds but Washington came away with a 135-131 overtime win. John Wall scored a team-high 36 points for the Wizards.
Washington took a two-point lead with 19 seconds to play when forward Otto Porter Jr. split a pair of free throws. Houston big man Clint Capela, however, finished an alley-oop off a pass from Harden to force the extra period.
However, the Wizards scored eight of the first nine points in overtime to grab control and held on for the win.
Bradley Beal chipped in 32 points in 50 minutes for Washington. Eric Gordon recorded 36 points for Houston in the losing effort.
Elsewhere, the Golden State Warriors erased a 17-point halftime deficit and pulled out a 116-110 win over the Orlando Magic at Oracle Arena. Kevin Durant poured in 49 points to pace Golden State while Klay Thompson added 29 points.
The Warriors have now won three in a row after they dropped four straight earlier this month.
Lamb leads Hornets in big win
Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lamb tallied 21 points, eight rebounds and four assists in his team’s 110-107 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Kyrie Irving had 26 points and 10 assists in the Boston Celtics’ 124-107 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.
Osman oscillates in form
After playing a pivotal role in his side's win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman shot three-of-12 from the field and was a minus-13 in his team’s 102-95 loss to the Timberwolves.
Shaquille Harrison missed all four of his shot attempts and registered a minus-7 in the Chicago Bulls’ 108-107 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio connected on just 25 per cent of his shots and finished with six points against the Indiana Pacers. Utah fell 121-88.
Although the Milwaukee Bucks were not able to come out of Charlotte with the win, Pat Connaughton momentarily sparked his team up with the big put-back.
Minnesota Timberwolves 102-95 Cleveland Cavaliers
Charlotte Hornets 110-107 Milwaukee Bucks
Washington Wizards 135-132 (OT) Houston Rockets
San Antonio Spurs 108-107 Chicago Bulls
Boston Celtics 124-107 New Orleans Pelicans
Indiana Pacers 121-88 Utah Jazz
Golden State Warriors 116-110 Orlando Magic
Lakers at Nuggets
Two teams that could be battling for playoff position throughout the season will meet in Denver on Tuesday. The Los Angeles Lakers had their three-game winning streak snapped when they fell to the Orlando Magic on Sunday while the Denver Nuggets have won three in a row.