James Harden scored 37 points and added 11 assists to help the Houston Rockets beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 118-111. The Rockets shot lights out in this one, going 38-79 (48.1%) from the field and 30-34 (88.2%) at the free throw line. Houston (47-22) is now on a three-game winning streak.
Harden finished 9-15 (5-8 from three-point range) and 14-14 from the free throw line, in a solid outing. Other key performers for Houston were Chandler Parsons with 16 points and 6 assists, and Jeremy Lin with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Dion Waiters had a quality performance for Cleveland in the loss, scoring 26 points on 11-20 shooting, including 1-5 from behind the arc. He also recorded 8 assists. Tyler Zeller contributed 23 points and 6 rebounds, Matthew Dellavedova finished with 14 points and 10 assists, and Anderson Varejao put up 12 points and 11 rebounds.
The Rockets recorded a FTA rate of 43.0 to go alongside their 55.7% eFG%. They are 12-3 on the season when eclipsing 35.0 and 55% in those respective offensive factors. The Cavaliers, however, are winless (0-5) when allowing opponents to reach those thresholds.
Cleveland (26-44) has now dropped their last four consecutive games.
Coming up next, the Rockets battle the Charlotte Bobcats, who are 34-36 on the year. The Cavaliers match up against the New York Knicks, currently 29-40 this season. The Rockets are 1-0 versus Charlotte this season. The Cavaliers have lost their last two meetings with New York.