James Harden’s 43 points keep 30-plus streak alive in Houston’s win

James Harden had 43 points for his 26th straight game with at least 30 points in the Houston Rockets’ 125-98 victory at the Utah Jazz on Saturday.

Harden’s 30-point streak is the third-longest in NBA history, trailing only Wilt Chamberlain’s runs of 65 and 31 games. Harden also had 12 rebounds, six steals, five assists and four blocks. He was 12 of 22 from the field, making 4 of 12 3-pointers and all 15 of his free throws.

Donovan Mitchell had 26 points and nine assists for Utah.

Kings 115, 76ers 108: Buddy Hield scored 34 points and set a career high for 3-pointers, and host Sacramento weathered a fourth-quarter flurry from Jimmy Butler to beat Philadelphia. De’Aaron Fox had 19 points and eight assists, Willie Cauley-Stein also scored 19 and Marvin Bagley III added 14 points and 13 rebounds as the Kings won their sixth straight at home and at 27-25 matched their win total from last season. Joel Embiid had 29 points and 17 rebounds for Philadelphia. Butler added 29 points, 18 in the fourth when he made two four-point plays.

Bucks 131, Wizards 115: Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 37 points, making all of his season-high 17 free throws in a perfect night at the line for visiting Milwaukee, and had 10 rebounds. Two games ahead of Toronto in the East, the Bucks have won three straight, nine of 10 and 20 of 24.

Nuggets 107, Timberwolves 106: Nikola Jokic had his 25th career triple-double with 13 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists, including a late full-court pass that set up a key basket to help visiting Denver hang on at Minnesota. After a bad-pass turnover by Karl-Anthony Towns sailed out of bounds for the Timberwolves, Jokic caught Andrew Wiggins flat-footed and found Malik Beasley wide open for an uncontested layup with a length-of-the-court heave for a 107-104 lead with 1:02 left.

Spurs 113, Pelicans 108: LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 14 rebounds and host San Antonio withstood another bat intrusion — with a nifty play from the team’s coyote mascot — and held off depleted New Orleans. The bat began hovering above the court three minutes into the game, causing officials to delay play. It was the second straight home game delayed by the winged intruders. Almost on cue, the mascot charged onto the court dressed in a Batman costume with a net. He missed his first swipe at the bat, then dove near the scorer’s table and caught the bat in his net to huge cheers from Spurs players and fans.

Mavericks 111, Cavaliers 98: Rookie Luka Doncic matched his season high with 35 points and did a little bit of everything for visiting Dallas, and Harrison Barnes scored 13 points in the fourth quarter. With a contingent of fans in Cleveland waving Slovenian flags to support Doncic, he added 11 rebounds, six assists and made a couple of long 3-pointers that drew gasps from the Quicken Loans crowd. Barnes finished with 17 points.

Clippers 111, Pistons 101: Lou Williams scored 16 Los Angeles points in a row during a torrid fourth-quarter stretch, and the visiting Clippers overcame a 25-point deficit to beat Detroit. Williams finished with 39 points. Detroit’s Blake Griffin had 24 points and 11 rebounds against his former team.

Pacers 95, Heat 88: Bojan Bogdanovic scored 31 points, Darren Collison added 20 and visiting Indiana had a big third quarter to beat Miami.

Hornets 125, Bulls 118: Kemba Walker had 15 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter and host Charlotte won its fifth straight.

Magic 102, Nets 89: Nikola Vucevic had 24 points and 12 rebounds, Evan Fournier added 16 points for host Orlando.

Hawks 118, Suns 112: John Collins matched his career high with 35 points and fell one shy of his career best with 16 rebounds, and visiting Atlanta handed Phoenix its 10th straight loss. Trae Young scored 17 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, when the Hawks pulled away.

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