Roundup: Rockets hold the Heat in check

Dwight Howard had 22 points and 16 rebounds for the Rockets.
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Dwight Howard had 22 points and 16 rebounds for the Rockets.

Dwight Howard had 22 points and 16 rebounds, James Harden added 21 points, and the Rockets held LeBron James in check Tuesday night in Houston in a 106-103 win over the Miami Heat.

One night after James scored a career-best 61 points, he was held to 22.

Still, Miami cut its deficit to 3 when Michael Beasley hit a 3-pointer with 21.2 seconds left. Harden threw the ball away after that, and Howard accidentally hit James in the face when they both went up to try to grab a long pass.


James lay on the court holding his broken nose for a few seconds before getting up and slowly walking to the bench. He remained in the game after a timeout, but missed a desperation 3-point attempt at the buzzer that would have tied it.

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Warriors 98, Pacers 96 — Klay Thompson made a 12-foot turnaround jumper with 0.6 seconds left, and Golden State handed Indiana only its fourth home loss this season.

Thompson scored 16 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter. Stephen Curry finished with 19 points for the Warriors, who have won five of six.

David West led Indiana with 27 points and Paul George added 26 as the Pacers’ five-game winning streak ended.

Thunder 125, Sixers 92 — Russell Westbrook had a triple-double in 21 minutes and Kevin Durant scored 42 points to help host Oklahoma City defeat woeful Philadelphia for its third straight win.


Westbrook wrapped up his eighth career triple-double on a rebound with 4:55 left in the third quarter. He left the game moments later and did not return. He finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 14 assists.

Spurs 122, Cavaliers 101 — Danny Green scored 24 points and San Antonio turned to its 3-point shooting to shake off a sluggish start in a victory over host Cleveland.

Kawhi Leonard added 18 points, and Patty Mills and Boris Diaw had 16 apiece as the Spurs won their fourth straight. They did it with stars Tim Duncan and Tony Parker combining for just 14 points.

Pelicans 132, Lakers 125 — Anthony Davis had 28 points and 15 rebounds, Eric Gordon also scored 28 and visiting New Orleans beat Los Angeles to snap an eight-game losing streak.

Brian Roberts scored 10 of his 19 points for New Orleans during a 1½-minute span in the fourth quarter. Tyreke Evans had 24 points and 11 assists, helping the Pelicans salvage the finale of a five-game road trip.


Clippers 104, Suns 96 — Matt Barnes scored 18 of his season-high 28 points in the third quarter and visiting Los Angeles won its fifth game in a row.

Barnes made 12 of his first 13 shots, scoring 16 points in the first 5:09 of the third quarter. Blake Griffin added 22 points and Darren Collison had 18 for LA.