NBA wrap: Rockets fall to Wizards despite 54 points from James Harden; Warriors rally for win

James Harden’s big game wasn’t enough to lead the Rockets to a win over the Wizards.

Harden tallied 54 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds but Washington came away with a 135-131 overtime win Monday. John Wall registered a team-high 36 points for the Wizards.

Washington took a two-point lead with 19 seconds to play when forward Otto Porter Jr. split a pair of free throws. Houston big man Clint Capela, however, finished an alley-oop off a pass from Harden to force the extra period.

But the Wizards scored eight of the first nine points in overtime to grab control and held on for the win.

Bradley Beal chipped in 32 points in 50 minutes for Washington. Eric Gordon recorded 36 points for Houston in the losing effort.

Elsewhere, the Warriors erased a 17-point halftime deficit and pulled out a 116-110 win over the Magic at Oracle Arena. Kevin Durant poured in 49 points to pace Golden State while Klay Thompson added 29 points. 

The Warriors have now won three in a row after they dropped four straight earlier this month.

Studs of the night

Hornets guard Jeremy Lamb tallied 21 points, eight rebounds and four assists in his team’s 110-107 victory over the Bucks.

Kyrie Irving had 26 points and 10 assists in the Celtics’ 124-107 win over the Pelicans.

Duds of the night

Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman shot 3-of-12 from the field and was a minus-13 in his team’s 102-95 loss to the Timberwolves.

Shaquille Harrison missed all four of his shot attempts and registered a minus-7 in the Bulls’ 108-107 loss to the Spurs.

Jazz guard Ricky Rubio connected on just 25 percent of his shots and finished with six points against the Pacers. Utah fell 121-88.


Pat Connaughton with the big put-back.

Robert Covington with the help defense and the block.

What’s next

Lakers (11-8) at Nuggets (13-7) — Two teams that could be battling for playoff position throughout the season will meet in Denver on Tuesday. The Lakers had their three-game winning streak snapped when they fell to the Magic on Sunday while the Nuggets have won three in a row.