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Harden's Streak Survives In Rockets Win Over Mavs

Harden scores 11 points in final 3 minutes to extend streak to 30 games

February 11, 2019 - 11:26 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- James Harden's 30-point streak is now at 30-games after he scored 31 points in the Rockets 120-104 win over the Dallas Mavericks Monday night at Toyota Center. 

It didn't look like the streak would survive as Harden struggled for much of the night with his shot, and with less than three minutes left he was stuck at 20 points, but that changed when he hit back-to-back threes, followed by a pair of free throws. Then, with 52.9 seconds left, Chris Paul found him for a 30-footer to put him over the mark. Harden shot 9-of-23 for the night, but he made his final three shots, while adding eigth rebounds and seven assists.

That final assist gave Paul 11 for the night to go with 17 points. He connected on half of his 10 three-point attempts as the Rockets improved to 33-23 on the season.

Despite 10 points from Luke Doncic the Rockets led 25-22 after a quarter. Iman Shumpert and Chris Paul opened the second with back-to-back three-pointers forcing a Dallas timeout, and the Mavs were able to close within five when Jalen Brunson connected from 15-feet with 7:06 left before halftime, but Kenneth Faried and Harden connected for an alleyoop on the ensuing possession starting a 17-6 Rockets run, capped by a P.J. Tucker three. The Rockets led 64-50 at halftime.

Houston pushed its lead to as many as 21 in the third quarter, but the Mavericks shaved 10 points off that lead, but the lead was 14 going into the fourth quarter. Dallas scored the first bucket of the final period, but the Rockets scored seven straight to make it a 19 point game. The Mavs cut the lead to nine twice, but each time the Rockets answered with a three. The first from Paul, the second was hit by Harden.

Gerald Green added 19 points off the bench for the Rockets who got an 18 point game from Eric Gordon.

Doncic led Dallas with 21 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists, but Brunson was the Mavs' second leading scorer with just 13. 

The loss drops Dallas to 26-30.

The Rockets will travel to Minneapolis for their final game before the All Star Break when they take on the Wolves Wednesday night.