Harden, Rockets are too much


He's averaging 29.3 points per game, 11.3 assists per game and 8.1 rebounds per game - all of which are career highs.

"I'm going to text him when I get on the bus", Harden said of Westbrook's National Basketball Association record 42nd triple-double, capped with a game-winning 3 at the buzzer to give him 50 points. Harden had plenty of support, with Clint Capela and Lou Williams adding 18 points and Bobby Brown 16 points.

Neither team led by more than eight points in the first half before the Clippers broke the game open in the third.

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As they've done all season, the Rockets let the three-pointers fly, hitting 18-of-43 from downtown.

Rockets: Face the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday in their final road game of the regular season. Griffin missed 21 games due to injury this season but when paired with center DeAndre Jordan, he gives the team a 1-2 inside punch few can match. "So, when we play at that pace, that tempo, we're tough".

According to OddsShark.com, the Clippers will be laying 4.5 points at home to the visiting Rockets.

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Houston, which has already set a single-season record for 3-point baskets, had its offense going strong in the opening quarter. Getting little resistance from an uninspired Kings defense, the Rockets stretched their lead to 78-62 by halftime.

Both Westbrook and Harden have great MVP cases this season and it appears Morey is heavily backing his guy in the MVP race. The 20-year-old second-year guard, who scored 70 points at Boston on March 24, hasn't been held below 20 in his last 10 games and is averaging 23.3 points in three previous games against Sacramento. He planned to congratulate Westbrook with a text as soon as he got on the team bus headed for the airport.

Houston coach Mike D'Antoni rested Eric Gordon along with backup forward Trevor Ariza and center Nene on Sunday.

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The biggest bright spot might be the play of forward Skal Labissiere, Phoenix's No. 1 pick in last June's draft (No. 28 overall), whom the Suns traded along with Georgios Papagiannis for Marquese Chriss.