NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION ; Harden's 24 Points Help Rockets Beat Washington

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION ; Harden's 24 Points Help Rockets Beat Washington


WASHINGTON - One game after clinching a playoff berth, the Rockets delayed the Wizards' bid to secure their own spot, beating Washington 99-91 Sunday behind James Harden's 24 points. Houston entered the day third in the Western Conference, a half-game behind No. 2 Memphis. Washington is fifth in the East and still had a chance to end Sunday with a guaranteed place in the postseason, depending on results of later games.

Corey Brewer scored 15 for Houston, including pairing with Pablo Prigioni for consecutive 3-pointers that pushed the lead back up to 85-75 with 8 minutes left after Washington had pulled within four.

Nets 107, Lakers 99

NEW YORK - Brook Lopez had 30 points and 11 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets kept up their playoff push by beating the Los Angeles Lakers for their third straight victory.

Joe Johnson added 18 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Nets, who entered play a half-game behind Boston for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics hosted the Los Angeles Clippers later Sunday.

Brooklyn won for the fifth time in six games to give itself a chance at a third straight postseason berth after an underwhelming first half of the season.

Pelicans 110, T'wolves 88

NEW ORLEANS - Anthony Davis had 28 points and nine rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Omer Asik had 15 points for New Orleans, which won its second straight while pulling two games behind Oklahoma City for the Western Conference's final playoff spot before the Thunder played at Phoenix later Sunday night.

Cavaliers 87, 76ers 86

CLEVELAND - LeBron James scored 20 points, Kyrie Irving added 17 and the Cleveland Cavaliers hung on for a win over the Philadelphia 76ers. …

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