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Harden Scores 57 In Rockets Win Over Grizzlies

The win gives Mike D'Antoni 600 for his career

January 14, 2019 - 11:51 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- With Clint Capela, Chris Paul, and Eric Gordon out with injuries the Rockets needed a monster game out of James Harden Monday night against the Memphis Grizzlies and that's exactly what they got in a 112-94 win at Toyota Center.

Harden finished with 57 points on 17-of-33 shooting. He connected on 6-of-15 three-point attempts and made 17-of-18 free throws, while grabbing nine rebounds as the Rockets avoided losing both games of a back-to-back and improved to 25-18, earning Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni the 600th win of his career.

Following a 15-point first quarter that saw the Rockets trail by five when it ended, Harden erupted for 19 in the second as the Rockets took a 54-48 lead into halftime. Memphis shot close to 55 percent in the first half, but committed 14 turnovers.

The Rockets blew the game open in the third quarter by making nine three-pointers, and a Harden step-back with 3:37 left capped an 11-0 run and put the Rockets up by 16. The quarter ended with Houston up 87-70, but with Harden on the bench to start the fourth, the Grizzlies scored the first five points of the period to pull within a dozen. Gerald Green ended the spurt by draining back-to-back triples, and the Rockets lead didn't fall below 12 points the remainder of the game. 

Harden's 50-point game is his third of the season and 12th of his career, and he's the first player since Wilt Chamberlain to score at least 30 points in 17 straight games.

Danuel House added 15 points for the Rockets while Green chipped in 14 off the bench.

Mike Conley and Garrett Temple led the Grizzlies with 14 points, but Memphis finished the game with 24 turnovers as it falls to 19-24.

The Rockets will be in action again Wednesday night when they host the Brooklyn Nets.