GAME RECAP

Impact player

James Harden, Houston

The MVP candidate made just one of his first nine shots and only scored three points in the first half, but he still proved to be his team’s maestro with a 24-point, 10-assist effort.

By the NUMBERS

3 Only NBA players younger than Karl-Anthony Towns since 1983-84 who have had a 30-point, 20-rebound game: Shaquille O’Neal (3 times), Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard.

22 Towns’ rebounds, by one a career high. He also scored 37 points.

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