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Harden lifts Rockets over Pelicans, 103-100

  • Article by: BRETT MARTEL
  • Associated Press
  • January 15, 2014 - 9:50 PM

NEW ORLEANS — James Harden capped a 26-point performance with a tiebreaking jumper with 28 seconds left, and the Houston Rockets held on for their third straight victory, 103-100 over the reeling New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.

Eric Gordon scored a season-high 35 points, but the Pelicans lost their seventh straight.

Terrence Jones scored 23 and Dwight Howard added 12 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks for the Rockets, who trailed by as many as 17 in the second quarter and by eight with about four minutes to go. Harden had a hand in 12 of Houston's final 17 points, scoring 10 and assisting on Howard's alley-oop dunk.

Anthony Davis added 24 points for New Orleans, his sixth straight game with 20 or more, but Darius Miller missed a potential tying 3 in the final seconds.

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