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Harden erupts for 60 points, Bucks' run continues

By Sports Desk November 30, 2019

James Harden produced a 60-point performance in a huge Houston Rockets win, while the Milwaukee Bucks' run continued in the NBA on Saturday.

Harden went 16-of-24 from the field, and eight-of-14 from three-point range, in the Rockets' 158-111 thrashing of the Atlanta Hawks.

The star guard only played 31 minutes in the Rockets' victory as they improved to 13-6 in the Western Conference.

Ben McLemore had a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds, while Russell Westbrook contributed 15 points.

The Bucks made it 11 straight wins by beating the Charlotte Hornets 137-96.

Giannis Antetokounmpo (26 points and nine rebounds) once again starred for the Bucks, who hold a two-game lead atop the Eastern Conference.

 

Embiid, Simmons lead the way for 76ers

Joel Embiid had a double-double of 32 points and 11 rebounds in the Philadelphia 76ers' 119-116 win over the Indiana Pacers.

Ben Simmons contributed 15 points and 13 assists in the victory.

The Bucks' bench stepped up as Khris Middleton (15), Dragan Bender (12), Ersan Ilyasova (11), D.J. Wilson (11) and George Hill (10) combined for 59 points.

Trae Young has starred for the Hawks this season and the guard had 37 points on 10-of-16 shooting in the big loss to the Rockets.

 

Jokic unable to lift Nuggets

Nikola Jokic struggled, going three-of-11 from the field for seven points in the Denver Nuggets' 100-97 overtime loss to the Sacramento Kings.

 

Hot Harden

Harden had 29 points in the third quarter in his huge performance.

Saturday's results

Sacramento Kings 100-97 Denver Nuggets
Philadelphia 76ers 119-116 Indiana Pacers
Houston Rockets 158-111 Atlanta Hawks
Milwaukee Bucks 137-96 Charlotte Hornets

 

Mavericks at Lakers

Luka Doncic will try to inspire the Dallas Mavericks (12-6) when they look to end the Los Angeles Lakers' (17-2) 10-game winning streak on Sunday.

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    George spent seven years with the Pacers before leaving for Oklahoma City Thunder in 2017.

    The 29-year-old switched Oklahoma for LA in the offseason, joining the Clippers along with Kawhi Leonard, who led the Toronto Raptors to the championship last season.

    Six-time All-Star George was the star of the show for the Clippers on Monday, scoring 36 points and nine rebounds in a 110-99 triumph in Indianapolis.

    He was also the recipient of boos and jeers throughout, yet he claimed the Pacers' fans are targeting the wrong person.

    "I'm not surprised," George told reporters. "That's Indiana for you. It's a Hoosier thing.

    "You know, someday I'll do a tell-all and tell the leading events of how I left Indiana and I promise you, I'm not the one to boo.

    "I'm not gonna share the teaser, I like being the villain. I'm here two nights out of the year. The people that boo are here a lot longer than I am."

    Asked to elaborate further, George stated he had nothing negative to say about Kevin Pritchard, who had said George's trade request in 2017 "was like a punch to the gut".

    "You're getting close to trying to get this story out, aren't you?" George said. "I'm not going to bad-mouth KP. That's just Kevin's side of the story."

    Clippers coach Doc Rivers, meanwhile, acknowledged he had been surprised at the level of hostility George received.

    "Yeah, I was shocked," Rivers told reporters. "I really was. I was ill-equipped. It was offensive to me.

    "But I was unprepared for that, I didn't know it was bad feelings and it was lingering. Obviously it was."

    The Clippers are next in action on Wednesday, when it will be Leonard's turn to make a return to his former team the Raptors, and George is anticipating a markedly different reception.

    "The opposite of what it was like [Monday]," he said.

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    Antetokounmpo posted a double-double to lead the Bucks past the Orlando Magic 110-101 and their 15th consecutive NBA victory on Monday.

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    Evan Fournier led the Magic (11-12) – who entered the game on a four-game winning streak – with 26 points.

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    Boston Celtics 110-88 Cleveland Cavaliers
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    Oklahoma City Thunder 104-90 Utah Jazz
    Memphis Grizzlies 110-102 Golden State Warriors

     

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