NBA wrap: Warriors blow lead against Magic; James Harden powers Rockets to win

It was a short night in the NBA but an incredibly eventful one.

In Orlando, the Warriors, who were without Kevin Durant, lost their second game in a row and third in their last four after blowing a 13-point fourth quarter lead in a 103-96 loss to the Magic.

Golden State was 233-3 under coach Steve Kerr when leading by at least 13 points in the fourth quarter until Thursday, according to ESPN Stats and Info.

The loss also ended the Warriors’ 33-game, 100-point streak. Golden State is 0-6 this year when scoring less than 100.

In Houston, the Rockets were without Eric Gordon and the recently fantastic Kenneth Faried, so they needed a Herculean performance from James Harden once again.

He delivered.

The Rockets were down 21 points at one point and Harden did everything he could to bring them back, scoring 58 points and adding 10 assists in Houston’s 121-118 win.

This was Harden’s sixth 50-point game of the season and 15th of his career.

Studs of the Night

Karl-Anthony Towns had 42 points and 17 rebounds, but Bojan Bogdanovic dropped 37 in the Pacers’ 122-115 win over the Timberwolves.

Tobias Harris scored 32 points while shooting 5 of 7 from 3-point range in the 76ers’ 108-104 win over the Thunder.

Dud of the Night

Cavaliers forward Marquese Chriss shot 0 for 5 from the floor with zero points and was a minus-14 in 13 minutes. Cleveland was able to drop the Knicks 125-118, though.


Dwyane Wade is known for his pump fake, but we can put money on it you can’t name another time he got away with four separate fakes on the same play.

What’s Next

Clippers (34-29) at Kings (31-30) 10 p.m. ET — This game pits possibly the best coached team in the NBA in the Clippers against the most intriguing and maybe the most fun in the Kings. It’s energy vs. energy and young vs. old. This one will be a lot of fun.