Harden's triple-double boosts Rockets
HOUSTON — James Harden had 31 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his second triple-double this season, leading the Houston Rockets to a 113-102 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.
Harden got off to a slow start, missing his first seven shots. He got going late in the first quarter, had 13 points at halftime and was a rebound away from wrapping up his fourth career triple-double entering the fourth.
Houston led by nine at the start of the final period, but Andrew Wiggins led a charge that cut the lead to one point with less than 4 minutes left.
The Rockets took over after that, using a 14-2 run, with five points from Harden, to make it 111-98 with less than a minute to go.
Wiggins scored 30 for the Timberwolves, who lost for the third time in four games.
HEAT 119, 76ERS 108: At Miami, Luol Deng made 11 of 14 shots and scored 29 points, Goran Dragic added 23 points and 10 assists, and Miami set a season high for scoring.
Dwyane Wade scored 18 for the Heat, who stayed in the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference. Hassan Whiteside added 12 points and 14 rebounds for Miami, which shot 55 percent.
BULLS 87, BUCKS 71: At Chicago, Tony Snell scored 20 points, Nikola Mirotic had 16 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, and surging Chicago pounded Milwaukee on the boards.
Pau Gasol added 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Bulls enjoyed a whopping 62-41 advantage on the glass. Joakim Noah had eight points and 16 rebounds on his bobblehead night, and Jimmy Butler finished with 11 points and nine boards.
PELICANS 100, RAPTORS 97: At New Orleans, Alexis Ajinca capped a 16-point performance with a go-ahead layup in the final minute, and New Orleans erased an 18-point deficit to beat Toronto.
Luke Babbitt scored a season-high 18 for New Orleans, including a clutch 3-pointer that gave the Pelicans their first lead of the game with 1:55 to go.
JAZZ 90, SPURS 81: At Salt Lake City, Trey Burke scored 23 points and Utah handed San Antonio its third straight loss since returning from the All-Star break.
The Jazz used an energetic defensive effort to turn a season-high 22 Spurs turnovers into 17 points. Forward Gordon Hayward scored 18 despite a poor-shooting night, while Derrick Favors added 14 points and 10 rebounds.
CELTICS 115, SUNS 110: At Phoenix, Avery Bradley scored 23 points, Isaiah Thomas burned his former team with eight critical points in the last two minutes, and Boston held off Phoenix.
Boston made a season-high 14 3-pointers, 10 in the first half as the Celtics ran out to a 19-point league against the struggling Suns. But Phoenix cut the lead to one on a 3 from Eric Bledsoe with 2:33 remaining.
NETS 110, NUGGETS 82: At Denver, Brook Lopez led seven Nets players in double figures with 19 points, and Brooklyn won its second consecutive road game.
Deron Williams added 16 points and 12 assists, and Thaddeus Young scored 15 in another solid outing for the Nets since his acquisition last week from Minnesota in exchange for Kevin Garnett. Brooklyn has won back-to-back road games for the first time since mid-January.
GRIZZLIES 90, CLIPPERS 87: At Los Angeles, Mike Conley scored 18 points, Jeff Green added 16 and Memphis hung on to end Los Angeles' four-game winning streak.
Marc Gasol added 14 points and Zach Randolph had 10 rebounds as the Grizzlies improved to 15-3 since Green joined the team on Jan. 12. They won using balanced scoring with no one getting 20 points.