News ID: 263305
Published: 0213 GMT December 22, 2019

Harden racks up 47 points, Rockets beat Suns 139-125

Harden racks up 47 points, Rockets beat Suns 139-125

Rockets’ James Harden (13) drives the ball against Suns during an NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ, the US, on December 21, 2019.

The James Harden-Russell Westbrook combo is starting to become everything the Houston Rockets hoped it would be. The two superstar guards bring different speeds to the offense, and the Phoenix Suns couldn’t stop either.

Harden scored 47 points, Westbrook added 30 and the Rockets rolled to a 139-125 victory over the Suns on Saturday for their 10th victory in the past 13 games, The Associated Press reported.

Phoenix pulled to 115-107 with 9:37 left but the Rockets responded with a 21-9 run — which included four three-pointers from Harden — that slowly deflated the Suns’ players and crowd.

Harden shot 15 of 27 from the field, including 9 of 19 from three-point range. He leads the NBA with 38.5 points per game and blew past that number with his fourth quarter outburst, hitting his quartet of 3s in a span of about three minutes.

The former Arizona State star has already scored 1,124 points this season, most for a player through 29 games since Rick Barry had 1,134 in the 1966-67 season. By the end of the night, he received an ovation from a big chunk of the fans.

“This city has shown me so much love before I even got to the NBA,” Harden said.

“So I feel like it’s my job to go out there and put on a show.”

Harden’s scoring has been a constant throughout the season, but Westbrook’s production has spiked in recent weeks. He’s averaging 33.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 6.3 assists over his past three games. The two players took turns dominating on Saturday, hitting Phoenix with waves of offense that couldn’t be stopped.

“I don’t know if 30 (points) is a benchmark or not, but Russell’s playing really well, doing a lot of stuff,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said.

“And you know James has been playing great.”

Westbrook added 10 assists, and Clint Capela had 14 points and 17 rebounds. The Rockets shot 59% from the field.

The Suns have lost six straight games and fell to 11-18.

Kelly Oubre Jr. led Phoenix with 26 points, and Devin Booker had 19. Elie Okobo scored 17 in his first start of the season and all five starters scored in double digits for just the third time this season.




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