Rockets 120, 76ers 98
The Cavaliers are no longer alone in the basement of the NBA record book.
The Philadelphia 76ers tied the NBA record with their 26th consecutive loss Thursday night, as James Harden’s triple-double led the Houston Rockets to an easy victory.
Harden had 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in three quarters for his second career triple-double as Houston picked up its fifth consecutive victory.
The 76ers (15-57) stuck around early before a big second-quarter run allowed the Rockets to pull away and roll to the win.
Philadelphia matched the 2010-11 Cavaliers for the NBA’s worst skid and can set the record at home against Detroit on Saturday night.
James Anderson led the Sixers with 30 points. Anderson converted six 3-pointers.
Trail Blazers 100, ?Hawks 85
LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 16 rebounds in his return from a back injury, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the host Atlanta Hawks to end a three-game losing streak.
Damian Lillard added 21 points for the Trail Blazers, who had lost seven of 10 and were in danger of falling out of the fifth spot in the Western Conference playoff standings.
The Hawks have lost five in a row.
They lead the Knicks by only 1½ games in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Jeff Teague, who was scoreless in Wednesday night’s loss at Minnesota, led the Hawks with 22 points. Lou Williams had 16 points, including 13 in the final quarter when Atlanta closed the deficit to six points.
Bucks 108, Lakers 105
Brandon Knight scored 30 points and Ramon Sessions added 22 to power the host Milwaukee Bucks over the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Bucks pushed their lead in the fourth quarter to 12 points on a 3-pointer by Sessions and then held off a late rally by the Lakers, who pulled within 105-102 on Nick Young’s 3-pointer with 0:16 to play.
Jordan Hill led the Lakers with 28 points.
Clippers 109, Mavericks 103
Chris Paul scored 31 points, Blake Griffin added 18 points and 13 rebounds, and the visiting Los Angeles Clippers rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Dallas Mavericks.
Vince Carter scored 23 points off the bench for the Mavericks, going 4-for-5 on 3-pointers. Dirk Nowitzki had 21 points but only two in the fourth quarter.
The loss dropped Dallas a half-game behind Phoenix and into ninth place in the tight race for the final playoff berths in the Western Conference.