Houston halt Warriors march, Antetokounmpo awesome again

By Dom Farrell 2 December 2016 137
Houston halt Warriors march, Antetokounmpo awesome again

James Harden's fourth triple-double of the season helped Houston Rockets to a stunning 132-127 overtime victory over Golden State Warriors.

The win ends Golden State's 12-game winning streak, with star man Steph Curry fouling out during the additional period.

Giannis Antetokounmpo continued his hot streak with 23 points as Milwaukee Bucks stormed to a 111-93 victory over Brooklyn Nets, while James Johnson was the hero as Miami Heat pipped Utah Jazz.

Along with his handsome haul, Antetokounmpo collected eight rebounds, as many assists, four steals and two blocks – following on from his career-high 34 points, with 12 boards and five assists and steals in the Bucks win over Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday.

Milwaukee find themselves on a three-game winning streak and are 9-8 having been largely unfancied at the start of the season.

James Johnson came off the bench to help himself to 24 points on 11-of-15 shooting as Miami Heat pipped Utah Jazz 111-110.

He also added six rebounds and three assists.



Houston halted an eight-game rut against the Warriors, with Eric Gordon's 23 off the bench bolstering Harden's supreme efforts.

Ryan Anderson also hit 29 points, with five three-pointers.

Golden State's Kevin Durant produced a season-best return of 39 points to sit alongside 13 rebounds.



Antetokounmpo's heroics brought high praise from Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd. He told ESPN: "You have special players that we come across; LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan. You've got different players that are rare and I think Giannis is one of those rare birds that we'll be able to enjoy for a long time."

The Bucks' star man sat out the entire fourth quarter, missing a chance at a triple-double.

Malcolm Brogdon and Tony Snell grabbed 13 points each as the Bucks made it three wins on the spin.



Goran Dragic led the way with 27 points before Johnson's decisive introduction, while Wayne Ellington contributed 17 to the Miami cause.

Utah's Gordon Hayward scored a season-best 32 points and contributed seven assists but could not come up with the goods when his side had the ball with 3.9 seconds remaining.

Miami went 6-0 at the start of the final quarter to lead by 12 before grimly holding on.



Marc Gasol throws a half-court, no-look pass to feed Troy Williams for the jam. It's as spectacular as it sounds.



JJ Redick scored 23 points and Blake Griffin matched his career-best 11 assists as Los Angeles Clippers ended a three-game slump and handed Cleveland Cavaliers a second straight loss by a margin of 113-94.

Marc Gasol racked up 25 points, including a pair of free throws with 12.2 seconds to play, as Memphis Grizzlies edged out Orlando Magic 95-94.

Charlotte Hornets beat Dallas Mavericks 97-87 for a third straight triumph as Kemba Walker led the way with 18 points.



Chicago Bulls have been one of the biggest surprises early in the NBA season. Jimmy Butler (25.6 points per game) is outscoring LeBron James (23.5), whose Cavaliers they face on Friday. Dwyane Wade has 18.8 per game and is knocking down more three-pointers than ever before, shooting a career-high .377 percent from behind the arc.

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