NBA wrap: Rockets earn 10th straight win

Clint Capela scored a career-high 28 points and James Harden pitched in with 26 points and 17 assists as the Houston Rockets beat the New Orleans Pelicans 130-123 on Monday night for a 10th straight victory.

The game was tied with about three minutes remaining after Harden made two free throws. Those were the first of seven straight points by Harden that put Houston up 124-119 with 1:30 left.

Jrue Holiday then scored for New Orleans, but Harden responded with a 3-pointer. Harden also made two free throws to make it 129-121 with 34 seconds left.

Holiday had a season-high 37 points for the Pelicans. E’Twaun Moore scored career-high 36 points and made six of New Orleans’ franchise-record 18 3-pointers.

In Chicago, Nikola Mirotic scored 24 points and Bobby Portis added a career-high 23 as the Bulls defeated the Celtics 108-85 for a third straight win.

The last-place Bulls built an 18-point lead in the second quarter against the Eastern Conference leaders. When Boston cut it to 12 in the fourth, Chicago pulled away for the runaway victory.

The Celtics played without star guard Kyrie Irving, who was sidelined by bruised left quadriceps.

Before Monday night, Mirotic and Portis had only made headlines together this season for the wrong reasons. Mirotic missed the first 23 games with facial fractures he suffered in a fight at practice with Portis.

Al Horford scored 15 points for Boston.

Dwight Howard scored 23 points as the Charlotte Hornets earned a 118-103 road win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Kemba Walker had 19 points for the Hornets, who had lost seven of eight. Marvin Williams scored 18, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist finished with 17 points.

It was Charlotte’s second road win of the season in 12 tries.

Russell Westbrook had 30 points and seven assists and Paul George scored 20 points for the Thunder after missing the previous two games with a right calf contusion.

Charlotte shot 53 percent from the field against one of the league’s best defensive teams. The Bobcats made 13 of 25 3-point attempts.

Goran Dragic scored 19 points as the Heat defeated the Grizzlies 107-82.

Miami shot 56.1 percent from the field and had seven players score in double figures in its second straight win. Josh Richardson had 17 points, and reserves Tyler Johnson and Bam Adebayo finished with 14 apiece.

Memphis lost for the 15th time in 16 games. Marc Gasol scored 19 points on 5-for-14 shooting and Andrew Harrison had 16.

All the results from Monday’s NBA action:

Memphis Grizzlies 82-107 Miami Heat
Chicago Bulls 108-85 Boston Celtics
Oklahoma City Thunder 103-116 Charlotte Hornets
Houston Rockets 130-123 New Orleans Pelicans
Los Angeles Clippers 96-91 Toronto Raptors
Golden State Warriors 111-104 Portland Trail Blazers

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