James Harden triple-double leads Rockets past Trail Blazers; Knicks stumble again

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Rockets (7-5) 129, Trail Blazers (7-6) 109

A James Harden triple-double pushed the Rockets past Western Conference playoff rivals Portland on Thursday night as The Beard continues to prove his class at the point guard position.

The Rockets No. 13 put up 26 points in addition to grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing 14 assists. He got the better of Portland star Damian Lillard who could only manage 18 points.

CJ McCollum led the charge for the Trail Blazers with 26 points, but 16 points apiece for Trevor Ariza and Eric Gordon, on top of 15 from Clint Capela, gave the Rockets the road W.

Knicks (5-7) 112, Wizards (3-8) 119

Things continue to look strange for the Knicks who cannot seem to get a rhythm going this season. The lowly Washington Wizards are the latest team to triumph over the Big Apple franchise.

23 points and 11 assists from John Wall did the damage, but key performances from Otto Porter Jr (21 points), Bradley Beal (18 points) and Marcin Gortat (15 points) helped get them over the line.

Derrick Rose led the Knicks with 27 points, but they made 20 percent less from three-point range than their hosts and that ultimately cost them.

Bucks (5-6) 73, Heat (3-8) 96

Agent Block was at it again as he produced seven stops at the rim in Miami third win of the season.

Hassan Whiteside is the leader of the South Beach franchise now and his 10th double-double in eleven games secured the win here. He has 12 points and 17 boards while Dion Waiters led the team with 23.

Michael Beasley had a double-double of his own for Milwaukee with 13 points and 10 rebounds but the Heat were comfortable winners in this one.

76ers (2-10) 86, Timberwolves (4-7) 110

Joel Embiid continued to show his tremendous promise with another double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds last night, but Karl-Anthony Towns stole the show at the pivot for Minnesota with 25 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks.

His running buddy Andrew Wiggins had another scoring explosion with a game-high 35 points that led the Wolves to victory at the Target Center, but a double-double of 12 points and 10 board from Gorgui Deng was also most useful.

The Sixers top scorer was Dario Saric with 16 points and they just did not get going on offence.

Bulls (8-4) 85, Jazz (7-6) 77

The Bulls pulled off a bit of an upset away to one of the Western Conference's teams to watch this season when they beat Utah by eight points.

A pair of Jimmy Butler and Robin Lopez double-doubles on top of 18 points for Dwyane Wade was enough to get the job done for Chicago.

For the home side, Gordon Hayward had an unusually cold night after making only three of his 15 looks from the field. Rudy Gobert had a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds, but the Jazz were far too wasteful.

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