Houston: James Harden had 44 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in the Houston Rockets’ 118-108 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.
On a ‘Flashback Friday’ in which the Rockets wore retro ketchup-and-mustard uniforms from their back-to-back NBA title days in the mid-90s, Harden sported a white headband and cornrows.
Harden hit a deep step-back 3-pointer over Josh Richardson with 1:17 left in the game that put Houston up 10. On the next possession, he found Clint Capela with an alley-oop for a thunderous dunk.
Capela was a point shy of his career high in scoring with 30 points and 14 rebounds.
Terrence Ross scored 25 points, Nikola Vucevic had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Orlando shut down Miami 105-85 in the fourth quarter.
Elsewhere, Jaylen Brown had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Boston Celtics overcome an 18-point, first-quarter deficit against Atlanta to prevail 109-106.
Damian Lillard scored 35 points and CJ McCollum added 24 in Portland’s 122-103 victory over Washington. Hassan Whiteside added 23 points, 21 rebounds and five blocks to help Portland snap a five-game losing streak.