With China rift ongoing, NBA says free speech remains vital

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league is not apologizing for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's since-deleted tweet showing support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, even after China's state broadcaster canceled plans to show a pair of preseason games in that country later this week.

Chris Paul fined, not suspended for referee bump

OAKLAND, Calif. (FOX 26) — The NBA has fined Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul $35,000 for "aggressively confronting and recklessly making contact with a game official," according to a statement released on Monday.

Harden scores 44 points, Rockets beat Suns 118-110

PHOENIX (AP) - James Harden scored 44 points - his 20th 40-point game of the season - and the Houston Rockets beat Phoenix 118-110 on Monday night to hand the Suns their season-worst 11th straight loss. Harden joined Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan and Rick Barry as the only players with 20 games of at least 40 points in the first 50 of a season.

Harden scores career-best 61 points, Rockets edge Knicks 114-110

NEW YORK (AP) - James Harden inched past Wilt Chamberlain and didn't stop his latest one-man show until he'd tied Kobe Bryant. On another spectacular night for the NBA's most sensational scorer, Harden not only notched his career high with 61 points, but tied Bryant's record for a visiting player at the current Madison Square Garden. "In the Garden, I'll take it,"...