Houston Rocks The Cavs 112-104

Harden, Rockets soar past Cavs

James Harden had 16 of  his 29 points in the    fourth  quarter  and  the  Houston Rockets  downed  the   Cleveland  Cavaliers,    112-104, on Saturday.

"James  (Harden)  sure made a  couple of big shots  down the stretch, no  doubt   about  that," Rockets  head coach Kevin McHale said. "He made some great  plays   and,  as a team, we  found a way to make plays through him. He had a  very good   game for us."

Jeremy Lin added 20 points and five assists for Houston, which has won four  in   a row and nine of its last 11 games.

Kyrie  Irving  tallied 16 of  his 30  points in the  final frame and added  six   assists  and four  steals, but turned the  ball over eight times for the  Cavs,   who have dropped four of their last five contests.

"I  thought Kyrie (Irving) tried to press at times tonight. A couple of  times,   he  might have tried to go too far, trying to get into the lane and  getting it   stripped," Cavs head coach Byron Scott said.

The  Rockets  led by  as many as  nine in  the fourth, but  Irving nailed a  3-   pointer and split a pair of free throws on consecutive possessions to pull  the   Cavs within 106-103 with 1:09 to play.

Houston, though, netted six of the last seven points of the contest.

Following  Irving's split  from the charity stripe, Harden took the clock  down   and  smoothly  swished his step-back, right-wing  jumper to make it  108-103 in   favor of the visitors with 45.7 ticks left.

After  Irving turned  the ball over at  the other end, Harden sunk all four  of   his foul shots to seal the outcome.

Cleveland took a 26-20 lead after a quarter of play, but Houston outscored  the   hosts 34-24 in the second and went into the locker room with a 54-50  edge.

The game was knotted at 78-78 heading into the fourth.

Game Notes

Tristan  Thompson registered  14  points  and 16  rebounds  for Cleveland   ...   Houston  gave the  ball away  17 times,  which led  to 21  Cav points  ...  The   Rockets shot 46.8 percent (37-of-79) from the floor.

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