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James Harden scores 31 as Rockets beat Bobcats

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James Harden scored 31 points to help the Houston Rockets take down the Charlotte Bobcats, 100-89. This is the fourth consecutive win for Houston (48-22).

Harden went 11-19 from the field (4-7 on 3-pointers) and 5-7 from the free throw line, in a strong performance. Other key players for Houston included Terrence Jones with 18 points and 7 rebounds, and Dwight Howard with 10 points and 10 rebounds. On 7-19 shooting (2-6 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 6-6 from the free throw line, Kemba Walker put up 22 points for Charlotte in the loss.

In addition to 19.0% from 3-point range, the Bobcats tallied an eFG% of just 39.5%. They are 2-13 on the season when registering marks below 30% and 45%, respectively, in those statistics. The Rockets, conversely, are 13-1 when holding the opposition to such dismal shooting numbers.

This drops Charlotte (34-37) to 0-2 against Houston on the year.

Coming up next, the Rockets play the Philadelphia 76ers, who are 15-55 on the year. The Bobcats go up against the Brooklyn Nets, currently 37-31 this season. The Rockets have a 0-1 record against Philadelphia this season. The Bobcats have lost their last two meetings with Brooklyn.


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