NBA wrap: Harden hits 26pts as Rockets make it 17

James Harden scored 26 points and the Houston Rockets beat the Milwaukee Bucks 110-99 on Wednesday night for their 17th straight victory.

The Rockets passed the Boston Celtics for the longest winning streak in the NBA this season. Houston hasn’t lost since Jan. 26 at New Orleans.

Eric Gordon scored 18 points for Houston and had two momentum-swinging 3-pointers in the third quarter. Chris Paul had 16 points and 11 assists.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points for Milwaukee.

DeMar DeRozan scored 42 points, then fed Fred VanVleet for the tiebreaking jumper from the left corner with 1.1 seconds remaining in overtime to lift Toronto to a 121-119 win over Detroit.

The Raptors became the first NBA team to clinch a playoff berth this season.

With the score tied late in overtime, Detroit’s Reggie Bullock missed from the perimeter. DeRozan pushed the ball up the court and found VanVleet open in the corner. His shot from just inside the 3-point line gave Toronto the lead. Blake Griffin had 31 points for Detroit.

Rudy Gobert had 23 points and 14 rebounds, while Donovan Mitchell added 20 points and six assists in Utah’s 104-84 victory over Indiana.

The Jazz improved to 15-2 over their last 17 games. Ricky Rubio gad 18 points and seven assists for Utah, and reserve Jae Crowder added 16 points.

Myles Turner led Indiana with 24 points.

Lauri Markkanen scored 22 points, and Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn added 21 apiece as Chicago beat Memphis 119-110, to hand the Grizzlies a 15th straight loss.

The Bulls had a 21-point lead whittle to one but came away with their fourth win in 18 games.

Memphis’ Dillon Brooks scored 20 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter.

Marc Gasol and Ben McLemore added 17 apiece, but the Grizzlies couldn’t snap the NBA’s longest skid this season.

All the scores from Wednesday’s NBA matches:

Indiana Pacers 84-104 Utah Jazz
Detroit Pistons 119-121 Toronto Raptors (OT)
Milwaukee Bucks 99-110 Houston Rockets
Chicago Bulls 119-110 Memphis Grizzlies
Sacramento Kings 101-114 New Orleans Pelicans
Los Angeles Lakers 108-107 Orlando Magic
Denver Nuggets 108-113 Cleveland Cavaliers

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