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NBA: James Harden`s huge game lifts Houston Rockets

NBA: James Harden`s huge game lifts Houston Rockets

James Harden scored a career-high 50 points and pulled down 10 rebounds on Thursday to lift the Houston Rockets to a 118-108 NBA victory over Denver.

Harden made four three-pointers and went 22-of-25 from the free-throw line as the Rockets notched their third straight victory.

Wizards draw first blood against Pacers in playoffs

The youthful Washington Wizards showed no signs of wilting in the heat of the playoffs as they beat the top-seeded Indiana Pacers 102-96 in their Eastern Conference second round series opener on Monday.

Ariza scores 30 to lead Wizards over Bulls

Trevor Ariza scored an NBA playoff career-best 30 points to spark Washington over Chicago 98-89 Sunday, putting the Wizards on the brink of advancing to the second round.