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Despite Harden's 58 points, Rockets Fall To Nets In OT

Nets score 60 points in 4th quarter and OT to earn come from behind win

January 16, 2019 - 11:56 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- James Harden's 58-point night wasn't enough as the Rockets let a 14-point fourth quarter and seven-point overtime lead get away in a 145-142 loss to the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday night at Toyota Center. 

As great as Harden was, it was Spencer Dinwiddie who made the big shots down the stretch. He scored 18 points in the fourth quarter, including the game-tying three with 8.4 seconds left. After Harden missed what would've been the game-winner, the Rockets took a seven-point lead when Harden found James Nunnally, making his Rockets debut, for a trey with 1:28 left. Dinwiddie assisted on a Treveon Graham three, found Jarrett Allen for a layup, and capped an 8-0 run with a 3-point play of his own. Joe Harris made a pair of free throws after Austin Rivers tried to answer with a three, and after a timeout, Gerald Green's came up short on a game-tying three at the buzzer, dropping the Rockets to 25-19 on the season.

Harden shot 16-of-34 from the field, 5-of-19 from long distance, and 21-of-23 from the free throw line as he became the first player since Wilt Chamberlain in 1964 to score at least 30 points in 18 straight games. 

Eric Gordon returned to the floor for the first time since December 29 and scored 20 points, but left the game in the third quarter due to right knee soreness. 

P.J. Tucker also scored 20.

Green came off the bench and attempted 15 three-pointers, making five. His attempt at the buzzer was the Rockets 70th of the night, breaking their own NBA record by nine, set on December 16, 2016.

After Brooklyn knocked down four straight threes to go up 15, the Rockets closed the first quarter by scoring 11 straight points and then opened the second period with a 6-2 burst, tying the game at 36. After a timeout, the Nets scored seven straight to regain the lead. Houston responded with eight in a row. Following a couple of lead changes, Shabazz Napier hit from deep, putting the Nets up two, starting a 13-2 run and they'd lead 62-54 at halftime. Harden led all scorers with 14 points, while Gordon scored 13.

DeMarre Carroll joined Dinwiddie off the bench for Brooklyn and scored 22 points, while Allen chipped in 20 points and 24 rebounds as the Nets improve to 23-23.

The Rockets will back in action again Saturday night when they take on the Los Angeles Lakers at Toyota Center.