NEW YORK — James Harden scored a career-high 61 points, tying Kobe Bryant's record for a visiting opponent at the current Madison Square Garden, as the Houston Rockets edged the New York Knicks 114-110 on Wednesday night.
Harden made the clinching layup with 3.8 seconds remaining after the Knicks turned it over, capping his fifth 50-point game this season and a wild stretch of back-and-forth basketball across the final minutes.
Harden finished 17-of-38 from the floor. He was only 5-of-20 on 3-pointers but was 22 of 25 from the line and grabbed 15 rebounds.
PACERS 110, RAPTORS 106: Thaddeus Young had 23 points and 15 rebounds to lead host Indiana over Toronto in a game that was marred by a serious knee injury to Pacers All-Star guard Victor Oladipo. Darren Collison added 16 points as Indiana won its third straight and snapped a five-game losing streak to the Raptors. Oladipo left the game with 4:05 left in the second quarter after suffering the injury. Toronto was led by Serge Ibaka with 23 points and 11 rebounds and Kyle Lowry with 20 points.
CLIPPERS 111, HEAT 99: Tobias Harris scored 22 of his 31 points in the first half, and Los Angeles beat host Miami. Montrezl Harrell scored 14 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter for the Clippers, who outscored Miami 44-26 in the first 20 minutes of the second half. Lou Williams added 13 points and Avery Bradley scored 12. Harris also had seven rebounds and six assists for the Clippers. Hassan Whiteside finished with 22 points and 16 rebounds for Miami.
NETS 114, MAGIC 110: D'Angelo Russell had a double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds, Spencer Dinwiddie scored 29 points, and host Brooklyn edged Orlando for its fifth straight win. Orlando had a chance to tie it at 112 with 3.1 seconds left in regulation, but Nikola Vucevic's basket was waved off after replay review confirmed that the Magic center had actually tipped in the ball while it was still on the rim after Evan Fournier had beaten Brooklyn's Jarrett Allen to the hoop.
PISTONS 98, PELICANS 94: Blake Griffin scored 20 of his game-high 37 points in the first quarter, and Reggie Bullock grabbed a loose ball and slammed home a dunk with 14.5 seconds left to lift Detroit over host New Orleans. Reggie Jackson added 17 points for the Pistons, who withstood a late rally by New Orleans to stop a two-game skid. Jrue Holiday scored 29 points and Jahlil Okafor added 17 for the Pelicans
HAWKS 121, BULLS 101: John Collins scored a career-high 35 points, Trae Young had 12 assists and Atlanta beat host Chicago. Collins was 14-for-16 from the field as Atlanta kicked off a seven-game road trip with its first victory against Chicago in two years, stopping a five-game slide against the Bulls. Jeremy Lin, Young's backup, had 15 points, and Dewayne Dedmon finished with 14. Chicago lost for the 11th time in its last 12 games. Zach LaVine scored 23 points.