CLEVELAND (AP) — James Harden scored 37 points, including 17 in the third quarter, and the Houston Rockets led from wire-to-wire in a 118-111 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.
Harden was 9 of 15 from the field, hit five 3-pointers, made all 14 of his free throws and had 11 assists without playing the fourth quarter after Houston built a 29-point lead late in the third.
Rockets center Dwight Howard missed his third straight game with a sore left ankle, but Houston is undefeated in the eight-time All-Star’s absence.
Cleveland has lost four straight and played again without point guard Kyrie Irving, who has been sidelined for three games with a strained left biceps.
Houston made its first four shots and took a quick lead in snapping a three-game road losing streak.
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