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James Harden’s 40-point triple-double tows Rockets past Hornets

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James Harden has been unconscious all season and nothing was different Tuesday night versus the Charlotte Hornets. Harden had another triple-double, this time with a huge 40-point output, to lead the Houston Rockets to the 121-114 victory.

Harden, who registered his 11th triple-double of the year, led his team in rebounding (15) and assists (10) in the home victory. The Rockets improved to 16-3 at home and are currently on a nine-game winning streak. This was Harden’s 20th triple-double in his NBA career.

Harden had lots of help in another high-scoring affair for Houston. The Rockets have scored 118 points or more in 7-of-9 games in their current win streak. In the game versus the Hornets, the Rockets hit 17 three-pointers and shot 48.8% from the field overall.

Team effort for high-octane Houston

Six players scored in double-figures for Houston including starters Trevor Ariza (16) Montrezl Harrell (14), Ryan Anderson (13). Corey Brewer and Nene Hilario added 15 and 10 points, respectively.

Kemba Walker led the Hornets with a double-double of 25 points and 10 assists but had five turnovers. Frank Kaminsky III added 22 points off the bench while Marvin Williams and Spencer Hawes added 16 apiece.

Charlotte shot well overall from the field at 47.8% and even hit more three-pointers (19) than Houston. But the Rockets were aggressive going to the basket and was 24-of-33 from the free throw line. The Hornets went to the line just nine times and made seven.

The Hornets are currently in a funk. Charlotte is on a three-game losing streak and losers of five of their last six games. It gets easier for the Hornets in their next game when they face the lowly Philadelphia 76ers.

Meanwhile, the Rockets also face a struggling squad in their next game. Harden and company take on the young Minnesota Timberwolves and try to extend their winning streak to double-digits. The Rockets had a 10-game winning streak last December.

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