James Harden scores 58 points, Rockets rally to beat Heat 121-118

James Harden had 58 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds and the Houston Rockets overcame a 21-point third-quarter deficit to beat the visiting Miami Heat 121-118 on Thursday night.

Harden made 8 of 18 3-point attempts and was 16-for-32 overall from the field and 18 of 18 on free throws. He fell three points short of his career high set at New York on Jan. 23, and had the most points ever against the Heat — breaking Willie Burton’s mark of 53 for Philadelphia on Dec. 13, 1994.

Austin Rivers scored 17 points, and Chris Paul and Gary Clark each had 14 to help Houston win its fourth straight game. The Rockets shot 49 percent, including 19 of 46 on 3-pointers.

Kelly Olynyk and Goran Dragic each had 21 points for Miami, which was coming off a home victory over the Warriors on Wednesday night on Dwyane Wade’s banked 3-pointer at the buzzer.

76ers 108, Thunder 104: Tobias Harris scored 32 points and Ben Simmons had a triple-double for visiting Philadelphia. Harris, acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers in early February, posted his highest point total in eight games with the 76ers. The 76ers needed his offense as center Joel Embiid, the league’s No. 6 scorer, missed his fourth straight game because of left knee soreness. Simmons finished with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for his ninth triple-double of the season. Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook posted his 25th triple-double of the season with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, but he made 8 of 24 shots. Thunder forward Paul George, the league’s No. 2 scorer, sat out because of soreness in his right shoulder.

Pacers 122, Timberwolves 115: Bojan Bogdanovic scored 35 points and host Indiana overcame Karl-Anthony Towns’ big night for Minnesota. Towns had 42 points and 17 rebounds, scoring 23 points and grabbing seven rebounds in the first quarter. The Pacers closed the game with a 15-8 run, with Bogdanovic scoring 11 points.

Cavaliers 125, Knicks 118: Kevin Love scored 26 points, Jordan Clarkson and Collin Sexton each had 22 and visiting Cleveland overcame a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to snap New York’s two-game winning streak.

Briefly: Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, who has missed 14 consecutive games, needs at least one more week to recover from his bone bruise and sprained ankle. … Kings rookie forward Marvin Bagley III will miss at least a week because of a sprained left knee suffered Wednesday in an overtime loss to the Bucks.

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