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Rockets beat Pelicans for 21st win in 22

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) James Harden's craftiness in the clutch ignited Houston's offense - as well as Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry's temper.

Harden had 32 points and 11 rebounds, and the Rockets won for the 21st time in 22 games, beating New Orleans 107-101 on Saturday night.

Harden's highlights included his usual array of explosive drives and pull-up jumpers, including a 27-foot, straight-on 3 that put the Rockets up by nine with 1:31 left. He also drew a foul on a missed 3-pointer in which he threw his arms forward toward Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday as he went up for the shot with 5:39 left.


Assists per game
Rank Name APG
1 R. Westbrook, OKC10.2
2 L. James, Cle9.0
3 J. Harden, Hou8.7
4 C. Paul, Hou8.0
5 B. Simmons, Phi7.7
6 R. Rondo, NO7.7
7 D. Green, GS7.4
8 J. Teague, Min7.0
9 S. Dinwiddie, Bkn6.8
10 K. Lowry, Tor6.7
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Steals Per Game
Rank Name SPG
1 V. Oladipo, Ind2.25
2 E. Bledsoe, Mil2.07
3 P. George, OKC2.04
4 K. Dunn, Chi2.00
5 J. Butler, Min1.93
6 J. Harden, Hou1.85
7 G. Harris, Den1.85
8 R. Westbrook, OKC1.78
9 C. Paul, Hou1.76
10 B. Simmons, Phi1.70
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