NBA Wrap: Harden stars as Rockets defeat Nets

A superb performance by James Harden saw the Houston Rockets skirt past the Brooklyn Nets 122-118 on Monday.

Harden scored 36 points, dished out 11 assists and fell two rebounds shy of registering a triple-double.

Brook Lopez dropped 26 points for the Nets.

It was win number 13 for the Indiana Pacers as they took down the Charlotte Hornets 110-94.

Paul George scored 22 points and grabbed five rebounds, while Myles Turner added 22 points and seven rebounds.

Marco Belinelli scored 14 points for the Hornets.

A 30-point night by DeMar DeRozan saw the Toronto Raptors cruise to a 122-100 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

DeRozan was well supported by Terrence Ross as he dropped 25 points to go with five rebounds and two steals.

Giannis Antetokounmpo was the Bucks’ top-scorer with 30 points.

The Miami Heat snapped a five-game losing streak after they defeated the Washington Wizards 112-101.

Goran Dragic guided the Heat to victory with 34 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Hassan Whiteside chipped in with 17 points and 16 rebounds.

Wizards point guard John Wall finished the game with 30 points, six rebounds and eight assists.

The Dallas Mavericks secured just their sixth win of the season after crushing the Denver Nuggets 112-92.

Wesley Matthews led the Mavericks in scoring with 25 points, while Harrison Barnes ended the game with 18 points.

Nikola Jokic recorded a double-double in his side’s loss, which consisted of 27 points and 11 rebounds.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers came out on top in a close affair with the Portland Trail Blazers, claiming a 121-120 win.

Blake Griffin scored 26 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for the Clippers, while Chris Paul finished with 21 points and 14 assists.

CJ McCollum scored a team-high 25 points for the Trail Blazers.

In the final game of the day, it was smooth sailing for the Sacramento Kings as the cruised past the Los Angeles Lakers 116-92.

DeMarcus Cousins starred for the Kings as he registered a double-double that consisted of 31 points and 16 rebounds.

D’Angelo Russell had 17 points for the Lakers.