Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NBA: Harden Hits 51 Again, but Rockets Are Upset

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NBA: Harden Hits 51 Again, but Rockets Are Upset

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Austin Rivers scored a career-high 36 points including six 3-pointers, and the Los Angeles Clippers withstood James Harden's second straight 51-point performance to upset the host Houston Rockets 128-118 on Friday night.

The Rockets, who had a 14-game winning streak snapped by the Lakers on Wednesday, lost consecutive games for just the second time this season and the first since Oct. 28 and 30.

Former Rocket Lou Williams had 32 points off the bench and DeAndre Jordan had 15 points, 20 rebounds and two blocks.

The Clippers made 18 of 42 3-pointers..

This game lacked much of the intrigue it could have had with the Rockets' Chris Paul sitting out in the first meeting with his former team because of a groin injury.

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Caldwell-Pope serving 25 days * Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is serving a 25-day sentence at an Orange County detention center after violating his probation on a drunken driving arrest, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. …

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