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Harden's career-best 50 leads Rockets over Nuggets 118-108


By KRISTIE RIEKEN
Posted Mar 20 2015 12:03AM

HOUSTON (AP) Even the biggest stars of the Houston Rockets' past couldn't outshine James Harden on Thursday night.

Harden scored a career-high 50 points with 10 rebounds to lead the Rockets to a 118-108 win over the Denver Nuggets on a night when the team celebrated the 20th anniversary of the franchise's back-to-back NBA titles in 1994 and 1995.

Harden got a boost by knowing players such as Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler were watching from the front row.

"That's a special group right there," Harden said. "We're trying to build something special like they did (and) to play a game in front of them was definitely an honor."

It was the ninth time a Rocket has reached 50 points and the first time since Olajuwon had 51 against the Celtics on Jan. 18, 1996.

Harden eclipsed his previous career-best of 46, set in 2013, on a free throw with about a minute remaining. On Houston's next possession, Trevor Ariza found him in the corner and he swished a 3 under heavy pressure, to make it 50.

"It just looked so easy," Ariza said. "It was like he just woke up and walked out there and had 50. That's how easily he scored the basketball."

Harden broke into a huge smile when asked about the 3-pointer that capped his big night.

"Many, my teammates are amazing," he said. "Trevor noticed what was going ... dribbled right at me, I just said: `I'm going to let it fly' and it went in."

Six straight points by the Nuggets cut the lead to 8 with about five minutes left when the Rockets made the next five points, capped by a step back jump shot from Harden, to make it 104-91. Harden scored seven points after that to secure the victory.

It was the 29th game with at least 30 points and seventh with 40 this season for Harden, who is second in NBA scoring. He bounced back from a tough shooting game on Tuesday, when he had 17 points, by scoring 22 before halftime on Thursday night.

"It's really hard to get 50 points in a game and is not something many people can do," coach Kevin McHale said. "I was just one of those nights where he had good energy and he was driving hard."

Houston made 32 free throws in this game, led by 22 by Harden, which were the most made by a player in the NBA this season.

Wilson Chandler and Randy Foye scored 23 points each for the Nuggets, who dropped to 0-4 against Houston this season.

"Obviously he's probably the MVP this year in the NBA," Foye said of Harden. "He did an unbelievable job of creating and also getting to the free throw line."

The Rockets led by 17 after three, but with Harden on the bench, the Nuggets used an 11-2 run to open the fourth quarter and get within 92-84 with 8 1/2 minutes left.

Houston's star came in and helped the Rockets go on a 7-1 run to extend the lead to 99-85 midway through the quarter.

The Rockets already had a big lead in the third quarter when they scored seven straight points, with five from Harden, to make it 76-58 midway through the quarter.

Denver got going after that, using a 14-5 spurt to cut the lead to 81-72 with about 3 1/2 minutes left in the third. Foye led the way in that stretch, making the last 10 points, capped by a pair of 3-pointers.

Harden scored six of the points in a 9-1 run the Rockets used to close out the quarter and make it 90-73 entering the fourth.

Harden made each of his eight free throws in his 16-point third quarter.

Houston led 65-49 at halftime.

TIP INS

Nuggets: Ty Lawson had 10 assists. ... Kenneth Faried had 19 points and 12 assists.

Rockets: F Terrence Jones injured his rib in the first quarter and didn't return. ... C Dwight Howard remains out with swelling in his right knee, but said on Wednesday that he's `pretty close' to returning. Howard hasn't played since Jan. 23, but has returned to practice in the last week. ... G Jason Terry sat out with a sore left hamstring.

CLUTCH CITY REUNION

The reunion of the back-to-back championship teams Thursday included a luncheon and halftime ceremony. Along with Drexler and Olajuwon, among the others in attendance were Robert Horry, Vernon Maxwell, Mario Elie and coach Rudy Tomjanovich. NBA commissioner Adam Silver was in town for the event and opened the halftime ceremony by calling these teams "two of the greatest teams ever assembled in the history of the NBA."

UP NEXT

Nuggets: Visit the Heat on Friday.

Rockets: Host the Suns on Saturday.


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DEN
HOU
     
    • 45.2%

    • 44.6%

    • 36.1%

    • 40.0%

    • 57.9%

    • 80.0%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
DEN HOU
Total Rebounds 42 49
Offensive Rebounds 6 10
Turnovers 15 16
Fast Break Pts: 18 26
Biggest Lead: 3 18
Points in the Paint: 46 46
DEN HOU
p 2 players   23 Harden   50
rb Faried   12 2 players   10
a Lawson   10 Beverley   7
s Chandler   3 Motiejunas   3
b 3 players   1 Smith   3
 
  • 12/13 - DEN 96 @ HOU 108
  • 12/17 - HOU 115 @ DEN 111
  • 03/07 - HOU 114 @ DEN 100
  • 03/19 - DEN 108 @ HOU 118
Denver Nuggets (26-43)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
W. Chandler F 30:39 10-17 2-6 1-1 -13 0 6 6 2 5 3 1 1 0 23
D. Gallinari F 33:55 3-9 0-5 4-5 -7 0 3 3 1 3 1 3 0 0 10
K. Faried C 30:16 8-11 0-0 3-6 -17 2 10 12 2 3 0 1 1 1 19
R. Foye G 34:36 9-19 5-12 0-0 +1 0 2 2 6 3 1 0 0 1 23
T. Lawson G 38:52 5-12 2-6 0-0 -12 0 2 2 10 2 0 6 0 0 12
W. Barton   18:54 1-6 0-1 1-2 -10 2 3 5 0 2 1 2 0 0 3
J. Nelson   17:24 4-9 4-5 1-3 -1 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 1 13
D. Arthur   17:40 0-4 0-1 0-0 +7 1 6 7 1 4 1 0 0 0 0
J. Hickson   05:56 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
J. Nurkic   11:32 1-5 0-0 1-2 +6 1 2 3 0 2 1 0 1 1 3
G. Harris   00:08 0-0 0-0 0-0 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
E. Green   00:08 0-0 0-0 0-0 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Lauvergne DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 42-93 13-36 11-19   6 36 42 23 28 8 15 3 4 108
  45.2% 36.1% 57.9%   team rebs: 12 total to: 16
Houston Rockets (46-22)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
T. Ariza F 36:16 6-13 3-6 2-2 -4 0 6 6 4 2 1 2 0 0 17
T. Jones F 08:34 4-5 0-0 2-2 +8 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 10
D. Motiejunas C 37:09 3-10 0-1 1-2 -11 4 5 9 4 3 3 3 0 0 7
J. Harden G 40:09 12-27 4-12 22-25 +22 1 9 10 4 2 1 4 0 1 50
P. Beverley G 36:44 3-7 2-5 2-2 +14 1 1 2 7 1 1 2 0 1 10
C. Brewer   28:21 3-9 0-1 0-0 +6 1 9 10 4 3 1 1 1 1 6
J. Smith   21:32 4-7 2-3 2-2 +1 1 1 2 1 2 0 2 3 0 12
P. Prigioni   11:16 1-2 1-2 0-0 -4 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 3
J. Dorsey   19:59 1-3 0-0 1-5 +18 1 7 8 1 5 1 1 0 0 3
N. Johnson DNP - Coach's Decision
K. McDaniels DNP - Coach's Decision
J. Terry DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 37-83 12-30 32-40   10 39 49 27 19 8 16 4 3 118
  44.6% 40.0% 80.0%   team rebs: 10 total to: 16

inactive

  • Nuggets: --
  • Rockets: Capela, Howard, Papanikolaou

technical fouls

  • Nuggets: --
  • Rockets: Smith

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 5
  • Times Tied: 2

arena stats

  • Arena: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
  • Officials: #25 Tony Brothers, #61 Courtney Kirkland, #46 Ben Taylor
  • Attendance: 18456
  • Duration: 2:20
Denver Nuggets (28-47) Houston Rockets (51-24)
Start of 1st Quarter
(12:00) Jump Ball Jones vs Faried (Ariza gains possession)
  11:42 Harden 3pt Shot: Missed 
Faried Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  11:41  
Chandler 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Lawson (1 AST)  11:22
[DEN 3-0]
 
  11:05
[HOU 2-3]
Jones Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Motiejunas (1 AST) 
Faried Running Hook Shot: Missed  10:39  
  10:38 Motiejunas Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Faried Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  10:31  
  10:31
[HOU 3-3]
Jones Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  10:31
[HOU 4-3]
Jones Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Gallinari 3pt Shot: Missed  10:18  
  10:17 Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  10:13 Harden Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Gallinari (1 ST) 
Gallinari Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Chandler (1 AST)  10:07
[DEN 5-4]
 
  09:52 Ariza Jump Shot: Missed 
Chandler Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:51  
  09:46 Motiejunas Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
Lawson 3pt Shot: Missed  09:41  
  09:40 Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  09:28
[HOU 6-5]
Jones Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Ariza (1 AST) 
Lawson Driving Jump shot: Made (2 PTS)  09:18
[DEN 7-6]
 
  09:08 Jones Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
Faried Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  09:06  
  08:57 Ariza Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
Chandler Driving Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS)  08:48
[DEN 9-6]
 
  08:41
[HOU 8-9]
Ariza Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
  08:33 Harden Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
Faried Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Lawson (2 AST)  08:26
[DEN 11-8]
 
Chandler Foul: Personal (1 PF)  08:11  
  08:05
[HOU 11-11]
Ariza 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Harden (1 AST) 
  08:03 Team Violation : Delay Of Game 
Chandler 3pt Shot: Missed  07:45  
  07:44 Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  07:38
[HOU 14-11]
Ariza 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Harden (2 AST) 
Faried Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Lawson (3 AST)  07:13
[DEN 13-14]
 
  07:02
[HOU 16-13]
Harden Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Gallinari Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA)  07:02  
  07:02
[HOU 17-13]
Harden Free Throw 1 of 1 (3 PTS) 
Lawson 3pt Shot: Missed  06:55  
  06:53 Jones Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  06:43 Motiejunas Turnaround Hook Shot: Missed 
Faried Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  06:41  
Chandler Driving Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS)  06:28
[DEN 15-17]
 
  06:12 Harden Step Back Jump shot: Missed 
  06:09 Jones Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  06:05
[HOU 19-15]
Motiejunas Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Harden (3 AST) 
Gallinari Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Lawson (4 AST)  05:47
[DEN 17-19]
 
  05:28
[HOU 21-17]
Jones Turnaround Bank Hook Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Beverley (1 AST) 
Lawson Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Harden (1 ST)  05:16  
  05:12
[HOU 23-17]
Harden Slam Dunk Shot: Made (5 PTS) 
Foye Running Hook Shot: Missed  04:48  
Faried Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  04:47  
Faried Tip Shot: Made (6 PTS)  04:47
[DEN 19-23]
 
  04:33
[HOU 25-19]
Jones Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Ariza (2 AST) 
  04:23 Team Timeout : Regular 
  04:23 Ariza Substitution replaced by Brewer 
  04:23 Motiejunas Substitution replaced by Smith 
Foye 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Faried (1 AST)  04:13
[DEN 22-25]
 
Foye Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  04:01  
  04:01
[HOU 26-22]
Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 (6 PTS) 
Foye Substitution replaced by Barton  04:01  
Lawson Substitution replaced by Nelson  04:01  
  04:01
[HOU 27-22]
Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 (7 PTS) 
Gallinari Pullup Jump shot: Missed  03:40  
  03:38 Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  03:32
[HOU 30-22]
Harden 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
  03:26 Jones Foul: Personal Take (1 PF) 
  03:26 Jones Substitution replaced by Motiejunas 
Team Timeout : Regular  03:26  
  03:26 Beverley Substitution replaced by Prigioni 
Chandler Driving Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS)  03:08
[DEN 24-30]
 
Barton Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  03:00  
  03:00 Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  03:00 Team Rebound 
Gallinari Substitution replaced by Arthur  03:00  
Faried Substitution replaced by Hickson  03:00  
  03:00 Motiejunas Substitution replaced by Dorsey 
  03:00 Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Hickson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  03:00  
Nelson 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Chandler (2 AST)  02:40
[DEN 27-30]
 
  02:22 Harden Jump Shot: Missed 
Arthur Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  02:21  
Nelson 3pt Shot: Missed  02:14  
  02:13 Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  02:05
[HOU 32-27]
Harden Driving Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) 
Chandler 3pt Shot: Missed  01:57  
  01:55 Brewer Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Arthur Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  01:46  
  01:46
[HOU 33-27]
Dorsey Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  01:46 Dorsey Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
  01:45 Brewer Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  01:39 Dorsey Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Barton Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  01:38  
Barton Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  01:35  
  01:19 Harden Turnover : Backcourt Turnover (2 TO) 
Hickson Turnover : Traveling (1 TO)  01:14  
  01:04 Harden Running Jump Shot: Missed 
Arthur Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  01:02  
Barton Step Back Jump shot: Missed  00:41.9  
  00:39.9 Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:6) 
  00:23.7 Harden Step Back Jump shot: Missed 
Hickson Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  00:21.9  
Arthur Jump Shot: Missed  00:00.9  
Barton Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  00:00.2  
Barton Tip Shot: Missed  00:00.0  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 1st Quarter
Denver Nuggets (28-47) Houston Rockets (51-24)
Start of 2nd QuarterBack to Top
Nelson Pullup Jump shot: Missed  11:46  
  11:44 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  11:29 Motiejunas Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO) 
Hickson Turnover : 3 Second Violation (2 TO)  11:13  
  10:56 Smith Jump Shot: Missed 
Barton Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  10:55  
Nelson 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Lawson (5 AST)  10:47
[DEN 30-33]
 
  10:34
[HOU 36-30]
Prigioni 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Motiejunas (2 AST) 
Arthur Jump Shot: Missed  10:20  
  10:19 Brewer Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  10:15 Brewer Foul: Offensive Charge (1 PF) 
  10:15 Brewer Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
Arthur Turnaround Fadeaway shot: Missed  10:06  
  10:06 Team Rebound 
  09:56 Brewer Layup Shot: Missed 
Arthur Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  09:55  
Lawson Pullup Jump shot: Missed  09:49  
  09:47 Brewer Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  09:42 Smith Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO) 
Hickson Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Lawson (6 AST)  09:30
[DEN 32-36]
 
  09:18
[HOU 38-32]
Smith Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Prigioni (1 AST) 
  09:04 Prigioni Substitution replaced by Beverley 
Hickson Substitution replaced by Gallinari  09:04  
Nelson 3pt Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Lawson (7 AST)  08:55
[DEN 35-38]
 
  08:42 Ariza Jump Shot: Missed 
  08:40 Smith Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
Barton Foul: Personal (2 PF)  08:39  
  08:39  
  08:23 Smith 3pt Shot: Missed 
  08:23 Team Rebound 
Nelson Foul: Loose Ball (1 PF)  08:23  
  08:14
[HOU 40-35]
Smith Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Motiejunas (3 AST) 
  08:01 Smith Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Gallinari Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS)  08:01
[DEN 36-40]
 
Arthur Substitution replaced by Faried  08:01  
Gallinari Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS)  08:01
[DEN 37-40]
 
  07:41 Beverley 3pt Shot: Missed 
Gallinari Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  07:40  
Faried Driving Layup Shot: Missed Block: Smith (1 BLK)  07:31  
Team Rebound  07:31  
  07:31 Brewer Substitution replaced by Harden 
Nelson Substitution replaced by Foye  07:31  
Gallinari Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Beverley (1 ST)  07:28  
  07:25
[HOU 42-37]
Ariza Dunk Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Beverley (2 AST) 
Lawson Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO)  07:11  
  06:59 Motiejunas 3pt Shot: Missed 
  06:58 Harden Rebound (Off:1 Def:6) 
Foye Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA)  06:57  
  06:57
[HOU 43-37]
Smith Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
Barton Substitution replaced by Chandler  06:57  
  06:57
[HOU 44-37]
Smith Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS) 
Lawson 3pt Shot: Missed  06:35  
  06:35 Team Rebound 
Faried Foul: Loose Ball (2 PF)  06:35  
  06:35 Smith Technical 
Gallinari Free Throw Technical (7 PTS)  06:35
[DEN 38-44]
 
  06:35 Smith Substitution replaced by Dorsey 
  06:26 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
Faried Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  06:25  
Faried Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Ariza (1 ST)  06:22  
Lawson Foul: Personal (1 PF) (2 FTA)  06:18  
  06:18
[HOU 45-38]
Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 (13 PTS) 
  06:18
[HOU 46-38]
Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 (14 PTS) 
Foye 3pt Shot: Missed  06:07  
  06:05 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  05:54 Harden 3pt Shot: Missed 
Gallinari Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  05:52  
Gallinari Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (2 TO)  05:46  
  05:46 Team Timeout : Regular 
Gallinari Foul: Personal (2 PF) (2 FTA)  05:40  
  05:40 Motiejunas Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  05:40 Team Rebound 
  05:40
[HOU 47-38]
Motiejunas Free Throw 2 of 2 (3 PTS) 
Faried Jump Shot: Missed  05:21  
  05:20 Dorsey Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  05:01
[HOU 49-38]
Harden Layup Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Beverley (3 AST) 
Chandler Driving Layup Shot: Missed  04:53  
  04:51 Motiejunas Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  04:33 Beverley Layup Shot: Missed Block: Faried (1 BLK) 
Foye Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  04:32  
Gallinari 3pt Shot: Missed  04:27  
  04:25 Dorsey Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  04:18 Jump Ball Harden vs Foye (Beverley gains possession) 
  04:04 Harden Step Back Jump shot: Missed 
  04:03 Motiejunas Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  04:03 Motiejunas Tip Shot: Missed 
Chandler Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  04:02  
Faried Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS)  03:52
[DEN 40-49]
 
  03:41 Ariza Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Chandler (1 ST) 
Chandler Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS)  03:37
[DEN 42-49]
 
  03:37 Team Timeout : Short 
  03:37 Motiejunas Substitution replaced by Smith 
Foye Substitution replaced by Nelson  03:37  
  03:23 Ariza Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Chandler (2 ST) 
Chandler Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Missed  03:19  
  03:17 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  03:11
[HOU 51-42]
Harden Layup Shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: Beverley (4 AST) 
  03:04 Harden Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
Faried Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  03:04  
Team Rebound  03:04  
  03:04 Ariza Substitution replaced by Brewer 
Faried Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS)  03:04
[DEN 43-51]
 
Chandler Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA)  02:53  
Team Timeout : Regular  02:53  
  02:53
[HOU 52-43]
Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 (19 PTS) 
  02:53
[HOU 53-43]
Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 (20 PTS) 
Chandler Reverse Layup Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Lawson (8 AST)  02:38
[DEN 45-53]
 
Lawson Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA)  02:18  
  02:18
[HOU 54-45]
Beverley Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  02:18
[HOU 55-45]
Beverley Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
Chandler Turnover : 3 Second Violation (1 TO)  02:05  
  01:56
[HOU 57-45]
Brewer Reverse Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Smith (1 AST) 
Nelson Turnaround Fadeaway shot: Missed  01:42  
Faried Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  01:41  
  01:41 Dorsey Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Faried Free Throw 1 of 2 (10 PTS)  01:41
[DEN 46-57]
 
Nelson Substitution replaced by Barton  01:41  
Faried Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  01:41  
  01:41 Dorsey Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  01:20 Brewer Layup Shot: Missed 
Faried Rebound (Off:2 Def:5)  01:19  
Chandler Layup Shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Faried (2 AST)  01:15
[DEN 48-57]
 
  00:55.9
[HOU 60-48]
Beverley 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Brewer (1 AST) 
Lawson Pullup Jump shot: Missed  00:47.9  
  00:45.5 Brewer Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
Chandler Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA)  00:41.6  
Chandler Substitution replaced by Foye  00:41.6  
  00:41.6
[HOU 61-48]
Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 (21 PTS) 
  00:41.6
[HOU 62-48]
Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 (22 PTS) 
  00:30.8 Dorsey Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
Gallinari Free Throw 1 of 2 (8 PTS)  00:30.8
[DEN 49-62]
 
Gallinari Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  00:30.8  
  00:30.8 Dorsey Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  00:10.1
[HOU 65-49]
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Brewer (2 AST) 
Gallinari 3pt Shot: Missed  00:01.9  
  00:00.5 Brewer Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
End of 2nd Quarter
Denver Nuggets (28-47) Houston Rockets (51-24)
Start of 3rd QuarterBack to Top
Chandler 3pt Shot: Missed  11:46  
  11:44 Beverley Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  11:32 Beverley Turnover : Step Out of Bounds Turnover (1 TO) 
Foye Step Back Jump shot: Missed  11:21  
  11:19 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  11:04 Motiejunas Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Chandler (3 ST) 
  11:04 Motiejunas Foul: Loose Ball (2 PF) 
Faried Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Foye (1 AST)  10:41
[DEN 51-65]
 
  10:23
[HOU 67-51]
Motiejunas Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Dorsey (1 AST) 
Lawson Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Motiejunas (1 ST)  10:13  
  10:06 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
Chandler Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  10:04  
Lawson Turnover : Lost Ball (4 TO) Steal:Dorsey (1 ST)  09:56  
  09:50 Harden 3pt Shot: Missed 
Faried Rebound (Off:2 Def:6)  09:48  
Foye 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Lawson (9 AST)  09:42
[DEN 54-67]
 
  09:17
[HOU 69-54]
Dorsey Layup Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Harden (4 AST) 
Foye Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (1 FTA)  09:17  
Foye Violation:Lane  09:17  
  09:17 Dorsey Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed 
  09:16 Motiejunas Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  09:15 Motiejunas Putback Layup Shot: Missed 
  09:11 Team Rebound 
  09:08 Beverley 3pt Shot: Missed 
Chandler Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  09:07  
Chandler Running Jump Shot: Made (17 PTS)  09:00
[DEN 56-69]
 
  08:45
[HOU 72-56]
Harden 3pt Shot: Made (25 PTS) Assist: Ariza (3 AST) 
Gallinari Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS)  08:28
[DEN 58-72]
 
  08:13
[HOU 74-58]
Motiejunas Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Beverley (5 AST) 
  07:57 Ariza Foul: Personal (2 PF) 
Gallinari 3pt Shot: Missed  07:43  
Team Rebound  07:43  
Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover  07:43  
  07:27 Harden 3pt Shot: Missed 
Chandler Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  07:26  
Chandler Pullup Jump shot: Missed  07:18  
Team Rebound  07:18  
  07:18 Dorsey Foul: Loose Ball (3 PF) 
Foye 3pt Shot: Missed  07:01  
  07:00 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  06:47 Dorsey Jump Hook Shot: Missed 
Faried Rebound (Off:2 Def:7)  06:45  
Lawson Turnover : Bad Pass (5 TO) Steal:Motiejunas (2 ST)  06:37  
Chandler Foul: Shooting (4 PF) (2 FTA)  06:33  
  06:33
[HOU 75-58]
Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 (26 PTS) 
Chandler Substitution replaced by Nurkic  06:33  
  06:33 Dorsey Substitution replaced by Smith 
  06:33
[HOU 76-58]
Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 (27 PTS) 
Lawson Step Back Jump shot: Made (4 PTS)  06:20
[DEN 60-76]
 
  06:06 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
Nurkic Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  06:05  
Lawson Step Back Jump shot: Made (6 PTS)  05:53
[DEN 62-76]
 
Nurkic Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  05:42  
  05:42 Team Timeout : Regular 
Faried Substitution replaced by Arthur  05:42  
  05:42
[HOU 77-62]
Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 (28 PTS) 
  05:42
[HOU 78-62]
Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 (29 PTS) 
Foye Pullup Jump shot: Made (8 PTS)  05:30
[DEN 64-78]
 
  05:13 Smith Turnaround Fadeaway shot: Missed 
Foye Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  05:11  
Foye Floating Jump shot: Made (10 PTS)  05:03
[DEN 66-78]
 
  04:46 Beverley Turnover : Step Out of Bounds Turnover (2 TO) 
Foye 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS)  04:38
[DEN 69-78]
 
Nurkic Foul: Personal (2 PF)  04:25  
  04:25 Ariza Substitution replaced by Brewer 
  04:19 Brewer Running Hook Shot: Missed 
Lawson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  04:17  
Foye Running Jump Shot: Missed Block: Smith (2 BLK)  04:08  
Team Rebound  04:08  
Nurkic Layup Shot: Missed  04:03  
  04:02 Motiejunas Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  03:42
[HOU 81-69]
Harden 3pt Shot: Made (32 PTS) Assist: Beverley (6 AST) 
Lawson 3pt Shot: Missed  03:28  
Arthur Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  03:27  
Foye 3pt Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Arthur (1 AST)  03:23
[DEN 72-81]
 
Gallinari Substitution replaced by Barton  03:06  
  03:01 Smith Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Foye (1 ST) 
Foye 3pt Shot: Missed  02:50  
  02:49 Motiejunas Rebound (Off:2 Def:4) 
  02:43
[HOU 83-72]
Harden Driving Layup Shot: Made (34 PTS) 
Arthur 3pt Shot: Missed  02:32  
  02:30 Brewer Rebound (Off:1 Def:6) 
  02:12 Brewer 3pt Shot: Missed 
Nurkic Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  02:10  
Lawson Layup Shot: Missed  02:00  
  01:59 Brewer Rebound (Off:1 Def:7) 
Team Timeout : Regular  01:59  
  01:59 Motiejunas Substitution replaced by Prigioni 
  01:59 Beverley Substitution replaced by Dorsey 
Foye Substitution replaced by Nelson  01:59  
  01:44
[HOU 86-72]
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Prigioni (2 AST) 
Barton Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO)  01:20  
  01:13 Harden Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:Barton (1 ST) 
Barton Reverse Layup Shot: Missed  01:09  
Nurkic Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  01:07  
Nurkic Layup Shot: Missed Block: Smith (3 BLK)  01:06  
  01:04 Smith Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
Nelson Foul: Shooting Block (2 PF) (2 FTA)  01:02  
  01:02
[HOU 87-72]
Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 (35 PTS) 
  01:02
[HOU 88-72]
Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 (36 PTS) 
Barton 3pt Shot: Missed  00:48.8  
  00:46.9 Dorsey Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  00:42.4 Prigioni Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
Nurkic Hook Shot: Missed  00:31.9  
  00:29.9 Dorsey Rebound (Off:0 Def:6) 
  00:25.7 Dorsey Turnover : Backcourt Turnover (1 TO) 
  00:07.8 Smith Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
Nurkic Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  00:07.8  
Team Rebound  00:07.8  
  00:07.8 Dorsey Substitution replaced by Ariza 
Lawson Substitution replaced by Harris  00:07.8  
Nelson Substitution replaced by Green  00:07.8  
Nurkic Free Throw 2 of 2 (1 PTS)  00:07.8
[DEN 73-88]
 
Arthur Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA)  00:04.3  
  00:04.3
[HOU 89-73]
Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 (37 PTS) 
Arthur Substitution replaced by Nelson  00:04.3  
Nurkic Substitution replaced by Lawson  00:04.3  
  00:04.3
[HOU 90-73]
Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 (38 PTS) 
Barton Driving Layup Shot: Missed  00:01.0  
  00:00.2 Harden Rebound (Off:1 Def:7) 
End of 3rd Quarter
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  11:48 Motiejunas Hook Shot: Missed 
Arthur Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  11:46  
Nurkic Hook Shot: Missed  11:33  
Team Rebound  11:32  
  11:32 Brewer Foul: Loose Ball (2 PF) 
Nurkic Hook Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Nelson (1 AST)  11:20
[DEN 75-90]
 
  11:03 Motiejunas Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:Nurkic (1 ST) 
Barton Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Foye (2 AST)  10:59
[DEN 77-90]
 
  10:35 Prigioni 3pt Shot: Missed 
Arthur Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  10:33  
Foye 3pt Shot: Made (19 PTS)  10:27
[DEN 80-90]
 
  10:26 Team Timeout : Regular 
  10:26 Smith Substitution replaced by Dorsey 
  10:07
[HOU 92-80]
Brewer Floating Jump shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Nelson 3pt Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Foye (3 AST)  09:43
[DEN 83-92]
 
  09:29 Brewer Pullup Jump shot: Missed 
Arthur Rebound (Off:1 Def:6)  09:27  
Nelson Jump Shot: Missed Block: Brewer (1 BLK)  09:17  
Barton Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  09:16  
Foye 3pt Shot: Missed  09:13  
  09:12 Brewer Rebound (Off:1 Def:8) 
Nelson Foul: Personal (3 PF)  09:05  
  09:05 Prigioni Substitution replaced by Beverley 
  08:59 Brewer Layup Shot: Missed Block: Nurkic (1 BLK) 
  08:59 Team Rebound 
  08:55 Motiejunas Turnaround Hook Shot: Missed 
  08:53 Dorsey Rebound (Off:1 Def:6) 
Arthur Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA)  08:52  
  08:52 Dorsey Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  08:52 Team Rebound 
  08:52 Dorsey Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Barton Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  08:52  
  08:38 Dorsey Foul: Shooting (4 PF) (3 FTA) 
Nelson Free Throw 1 of 3 Missed  08:38  
Team Rebound  08:38  
Nelson Free Throw 2 of 3 Missed  08:38  
Team Rebound  08:38  
  08:38 Motiejunas Substitution replaced by Harden 
Nelson Free Throw 3 of 3 (13 PTS)  08:38
[DEN 84-92]
 
  08:25
[HOU 95-84]
Beverley 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Brewer (3 AST) 
Foye 3pt Shot: Missed  08:11  
  08:08 Team Rebound 
Nurkic Violation:Kicked Ball  08:02  
  07:50 Ariza Jump Shot: Missed 
  07:49 Beverley Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
Arthur Foul: Shooting (4 PF) (2 FTA)  07:46  
  07:46
[HOU 96-84]
Ariza Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS) 
  07:46
[HOU 97-84]
Ariza Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS) 
Nelson Jump Shot: Missed  07:34  
  07:33 Dorsey Rebound (Off:1 Def:7) 
  07:25 Harden Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) Steal:Arthur (1 ST) 
  07:20 Dorsey Foul: Shooting (5 PF) (2 FTA) 
Barton Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  07:20  
Team Rebound  07:20  
  07:20 Dorsey Substitution replaced by Motiejunas 
Barton Free Throw 2 of 2 (3 PTS)  07:20
[DEN 85-97]
 
  07:08 Harden 3pt Shot: Missed 
  07:06 Motiejunas Rebound (Off:3 Def:4) 
Nelson Foul: Personal (4 PF)  06:57  
Barton Substitution replaced by Gallinari  06:57  
Nelson Substitution replaced by Chandler  06:57  
Arthur Substitution replaced by Lawson  06:57  
Nurkic Substitution replaced by Faried  06:57  
  06:44 Motiejunas Hook Shot: Missed 
Faried Rebound (Off:2 Def:8)  06:44  
  06:44 Motiejunas Foul: Loose Ball (3 PF) 
Foye 3pt Shot: Missed  06:25  
  06:23 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:6) 
  06:21 Harden Driving Layup Shot: Missed Block: Chandler (1 BLK) 
  06:21 Team Rebound 
Faried Violation:Defensive Goaltending  06:17  
  06:17
[HOU 99-85]
Harden Driving Layup Shot: Made (40 PTS) 
  06:02 Beverley Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Faried Free Throw 1 of 2 (13 PTS)  06:02
[DEN 86-99]
 
Faried Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  06:02  
  06:02 Harden Rebound (Off:1 Def:8) 
  05:39 Harden 3pt Shot: Missed 
Gallinari Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  05:38  
Chandler Jump Shot: Made (19 PTS)  05:31
[DEN 88-99]
 
  05:31 Brewer Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (1 FTA) 
  05:31  
Chandler Free Throw 1 of 1 (20 PTS)  05:31
[DEN 89-99]
 
  05:17 Harden 3pt Shot: Missed 
Faried Rebound (Off:2 Def:9)  05:15  
Faried Jump Shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Lawson (10 AST)  05:06
[DEN 91-99]
 
Faried Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA)  04:55  
  04:55
[HOU 100-91]
Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 (41 PTS) 
  04:55 Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
  04:55 Motiejunas Rebound (Off:4 Def:4) 
  04:47 Beverley 3pt Shot: Missed 
Chandler Rebound (Off:0 Def:6)  04:46  
Lawson Turnover : Bad Pass (6 TO) Steal:Brewer (1 ST)  04:37  
  04:32
[HOU 102-91]
Ariza Slam Dunk Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Beverley (7 AST) 
Chandler 3pt Shot: Missed  04:15  
  04:14 Harden Rebound (Off:1 Def:9) 
  04:06
[HOU 104-91]
Harden Step Back Jump shot: Made (43 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  04:05  
Foye Jump Shot: Made (21 PTS)  03:56
[DEN 93-104]
 
  03:42 Ariza Pullup Jump shot: Missed 
Lawson Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  03:40  
Foye 3pt Shot: Missed  03:29  
  03:27 Motiejunas Rebound (Off:4 Def:5) 
  03:15 Harden Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Faried Rebound (Off:2 Def:10)  03:13  
Faried Driving Layup Shot: Made (17 PTS)  03:08
[DEN 95-104]
 
  02:43
[HOU 106-95]
Beverley Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Faried Driving Slam Dunk Shot: Made (19 PTS) Assist: Foye (4 AST)  02:31
[DEN 97-106]
 
Chandler Foul: Shooting (5 PF) (2 FTA)  02:16  
  02:16
[HOU 107-97]
Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 (44 PTS) 
  02:16
[HOU 108-97]
Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 (45 PTS) 
Gallinari Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Motiejunas (3 ST)  02:01  
  01:49 Harden 3pt Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  01:47  
Team Timeout : Short  01:47  
Gallinari 3pt Shot: Missed  01:33  
  01:32 Brewer Rebound (Off:1 Def:9) 
  01:18
[HOU 110-97]
Brewer Driving Slam Dunk Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Motiejunas (4 AST) 
Foye Driving Layup Shot: Made (23 PTS)  01:07
[DEN 99-110]
 
Gallinari Foul: Personal (3 PF) (2 FTA)  01:03  
  01:03
[HOU 111-99]
Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 (46 PTS) 
  01:03
[HOU 112-99]
Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 (47 PTS) 
Chandler 3pt Shot: Made (23 PTS) Assist: Foye (5 AST)  00:48.0
[DEN 102-112]
 
  00:37.5
[HOU 115-102]
Harden 3pt Shot: Made (50 PTS) Assist: Ariza (4 AST) 
Lawson 3pt Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Gallinari (1 AST)  00:30.3
[DEN 105-115]
 
  00:17.0
[HOU 118-105]
Ariza 3pt Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Brewer (4 AST) 
Lawson 3pt Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Foye (6 AST)  00:06.8
[DEN 108-118]
 
End of 4th Quarter
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standings
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DEN
4th Northwest
30
52
3-7
19-22
11-30
HOU
1st Southwest
56
26
7-3
30-11
26-15
 
ppg
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apg
bpg
spg
DEN
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HOU
2 players 28.4
Howard 14.4
Harden 8.1
Howard 3.0
Harden 2.4