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Harden's Triple-Double Leads Rockets Rout Of Cavs

Harden scores 43 in 6th triple-double of the season

January 11, 2019 - 10:30 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- James Harden's sixth triple-double of the season led the Rockets to a 141-113 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday night at Toyota Center. 

Harden finished with 43 points, giving him a franchise record 13 40-point games this season, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists. He also added a pair of steals and blocks while shooting 12-of-24 from the field, 8-of-16 from behind the 3-point line, and 11-of-11 from the free throw line as the Rockets improved to 24-17 at the halfway point of the season.

Cleveland scored the game's first five points, but it was all Rockets from that point on, and Danuel House's 3-point play with 8:02 left in the first quarter and led the rest of the way, and Gerald Green's buzzer beating triple put the Rockets up 20 after 12 minutes. The Cavs pulled to within 16 a couple of times, but the Rockets pushed their advantage to as high as 30, and the half ended with the Houston on top 77-49. Harden was the only player on either team to score in double-figures with 24 points.

The Rockets led by as many as 44 after halftime with the Cavs never getting closer than 25 points.

Clint Capela added 19 points on eight field goal attempts, while Austin Rivers scored 12.

Ante Zizic led the Cavaliers with 18 points and eight rebounds as they fall to 8-35.

Up next for the Rockets will be a visit to Orlando Sunday in the front end of a back-to-back that will conclude with Memphis making its final visit to Toyota during the regular season.