Harden Named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week

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After extending their winning streak to 10 games with a victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night, the Houston Rockets were happy, though far from satisfied.

The Minnesota Timberwolves looked to prove themselves against one of the NBA's best teams, but the Houston Rockets had other ideas, cruising to a 126-108 win.

Trail Blazers 123, Warriors 117 • In Portland, Ore., Damian Lillard had 44 points and eight assists, and Portland overcame Kevin Durant's 50 points to snap a seven-game losing streak to Golden State. "We know (they're) going to be good but we've got to hurry up and accelerate this as much as possible".

Thunder 121, Grizzlies 114: Paul George scored 28 points, Russell Westbrook added 23 points in his 17th triple-double of the season, and visiting Oklahoma City survived a second-half Memphis rally.


James Johnson had 22 points for the Heat. However, Houston is allowing fewer points (105.4) than the Warriors (107.7) per game. He also handed out his first assist in six games.

The Kings ended a scoring drought of more than five minutes after that when JaKarr Sampson made one of two free throws. Clint Capela posted his 30th double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds), and P.J. Tucker delivered a strong all-around effort with 10 points, seven boards and two steals.

Justin Jackson, Willie Cauley-Stein and Buddy Hield tallied 12 points each for the Kings.

Bobby Portis scored 18 points for Chicago. Lowry made four three-pointers, and he and Ibaka each grabbed seven rebounds. Trevor Ariza missed his ninth straight game with a strained left hamstring.


The Minnesota Timberwolves need a statement victory here after splitting their last eight games.

After turning the ball over four times in the first quarter, the Rockets had just two turnovers the rest of the way. He was nearly immediately bought out - allowing the veteran to hit the free agent market. The move reunites him with D'Antoni, who he played for in Phoenix from 2002-05. On the year, Johnson has shot 42.0 percent from the field and just 27.4 percent from three-point range. "He's got some gas left".

The Rockets are 3-0 SU and ATS in their last three games as a favorite of five points or less, per the OddsShark NBA Database.


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