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Rockets Drop Fourth Straight Despite Harden's Triple-Double

Harden's 25 points, 11 rebound, 17 assist night was not nearly enough

November 28, 2018 - 11:09 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- James Harden's first triple-double of the season wasn't nearly enough as the Rockets dropped their fourt straight game, falling to the Dallas Mavericks 128-108 Wednesday night at Toyota Center.

Harden finished with 25 points on 7-of-15 shooting with 11 rebounds and 17 assists, but added eight turnovers as the Rockets fall to 9-11 on the season.

Playing without Chris Paul, who missed his third straight game due to a sore left leg the Rockets got 18 points from James Ennis and Clint Capela as well as 17 from Eric Gordon, but the Rockets bench combined for just 25 points compared to 61 for Dallas.

Playing his first home game as a member of the Rockets, Houston native Danuel House finished with 18 points and five rebounds.

Even though the Rockets scored the game's first seven points, Dallas led 36-28 after a quarter thanks to Devin Harris' banked 3-pointer at the buzzer, and Luka Doncic closed the second quarter with a 39-footer at the buzzer to take a 74-56 lead into halftime. He got the scoring started in the second half with a 3-point play, but the Rockets battled back with an 11-2 run to pull to within a dozen. Dallas grew that lead by a point, but Eric Gordon capped an 8-0 spurt with 48.4 seconds left in the third quarter with a fastbreak layup only to see Dwight Powell answer with an alleyoop and the Mavs scored the first six points of the fourth quarter and outscored the Rockets 32-19 in the period.

Harris  and Doncic led the Mavs with 20 points apiece. J.J. Barea added 13 points and 12 assists off the bench in just 18 minutes.

The Rockets will look to avoid a fifth straight loss Friday night when they take on the San Antonio Spurs Friday night at AT&T Center.