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James Harden erupts for 58 points as Houston Rockets rally to beat Miami Heat

Friday 1 March 2019 07:14, UK

James Harden finishes at the rim against Miami 1:54
James Harden erupts for 58 points to inspire the Houston Rockets to a comeback win over the Miami Heat

James Harden erupted for 58 points and 10 assists as the Houston Rockets rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Miami Heat.

Harden connected on 16 of his 32 shots, including 8-of-18 from three-point range and a perfect 18-of-18 from the free throw line, to inspire the Rockets to a 121-118 comeback win.

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It was the seventh career 50-point, 10-assist game of Harden's career.

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Harden nailed two early three-pointers as he posted 14 points in the first quarter. He added 10 more in the second before heating up for a 17-point third quarter.

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But his most telling impact came in the final period. Miami grabbed a 113-103 lead on a Goran Dragic three-pointer with 6:18 left in the game, but the Rockets responded with a 14-0 run to take the lead. During that stretch, Harden produced a three-point play and two driving lay-ups before Chris Paul secured the lead with two free throws at the 3:27 mark.

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Harden then made a driving lay-up with 2:46 remaining for his 57th and 58th points before Paul sealed the win for Houston.

Thursday night's scores

  • Miami Heat 118-121 Houston Rockets
  • Golden State Warriors 96-103 Orlando Magic
  • Philadelphia 76ers 108-104 Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Utah Jazz 111-104 Denver Nuggets
  • Minnesota Timberwolves 115-122 Indiana Pacers
  • Cleveland Cavaliers 125-118 New York Knicks

Click the video at the top of the page to watch highlights of Harden's 58-point performance.

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