Harden scores 42 to lead Rockets past Wizards 109-103

WASHINGTON (AP) -- James Harden had 42 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and the Houston Rockets beat the Washington Wizards 109-103 on Wednesday night.

Harden scored 23 in the second half a day after he finished with a season-low 10 points in a loss at Brooklyn.

Corey Brewer added 15 points and Patrick Beverly had 14 to help Houston to its fourth win in five games.

John Wall had 26 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds for Washington. Marcin Gortat tied a season high with 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in his first game back after missing three for personal reasons.

With the game tied at 99, Harden stepped back to hit 16-foot jumper over Bradley Beal, absorbed Beal's foul and hit a free throw to put Houston up by three with 2:13 left.

The Rockets had a 104-101 lead when Harden reached Wall's errant pass and fed Corey Brewer for a transition layup to make it a five-point game.
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Wall missed a 3-pointer from the baseline, Harden hit two free throws and Dwight Howard hit another to seal the win.

Washington trailed by as many as 15 in the second quarter and 56-47 at halftime, but led 63-62 when Wall slammed Beal's alley-oop feed to cap a 13-0 run.

TIP-INS

Rockets: Howard received a technical foul in the second quarter when he spiked the ball after he was whistled for goaltending Gortat's shot. ... F Trevor Ariza missed the game against his most recent former team with a bruised lower back. ... F/C Donatas Motiejunas's leaner in the second quarter marked his first points since March 25, his last game prior to season-ending back surgery in April.

Wizards: Fs Nene (calf), Drew Gooden (calf) and Kris Humphries (ankle) were all out. ... Washington's 17 first-quarter points were its fewest in an opening period this season.

QUOTABLE

''It was, to me, hard to believe that going to the Western Conference finals (last season), that after 11 games you would panic and make a change. But that's their decision.'' - Wizards coach Randy Wittman on the Rockets' early season firing of coach Kevin McHale.

UP NEXT

Rockets: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday.

Wizards: Visit New Orleans on Friday.
 

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