Harden has 49 to lead Rockets over Mavericks 153-149 in OT

Harden has 49 to lead Firecrackers over Mavericks 153-149 in OT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – James Harden scored 49 points and the Houston Firecrackers outlived the Dallas Mavericks 153-149 in overtime Friday night in their very first video game in the NBA bubble.

Harden made 1 of 2 totally free tosses prior to Trey Burke made a 3-pointer to get the Mavericks within 3 with about 15 seconds left in OT. Harden made 1 of 2 totally free tosses after that, Burke missed out on a 3, and Harden got the rebound to protect the triumph.

“Our confidence defensively was building, especially in that fourth quarter,” Harden stated. “We kept pushing the tempo, kept fighting.”

In guideline, Dallas led by 3 prior to Harden made the very first of 2 totally free tosses, and Robert Covington tipped in a miss on the 2nd to connect it with 3.3 seconds staying.

Harden raved about Covington’s tip-in.

“Unbelievable play,” he stated. “I didn’t mean to miss it, I intended to make it. It was just a perfect miss.”

Luka Doncic missed out on a chance at the buzzer to send it to overtime.

Kristaps Porzingis had 39 points and 16 rebounds for Dallas, and Doncic had a triple-double with 28 points 13 rebounds and 10 helps.

Porzingis put the Mavericks up 4 early in overtime. Houston scored the next 8 points, with the last 5 from Harden, to take a 147-143 lead.

Porzingis had a three-point play, however Covington included a 3-pointer after missing his very first 8 to extend Houston’s cause 4.

“This is a tough loss,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle stated. “This is about as tough as it gets, and it just comes down to basic execution.”

Doncic hopes this video game can be a lesson to the Mavericks.

“We’re a young team. We’ve got a lot to learn,” he stated. “We’ll get better for sure. I know we’re going to get together when it matters most, so I’m not worried about that.”

Harden, who had 23 points in the very first quarter, passed Calvin Murphy to end up being the second-leading scorer in franchise history behind Hakeem Olajuwon.

Harden made 2 totally free tosses with a minute left in the 4th to cut the cause 4, however however Maxi Kleber made a 3-pointer on the other end to extend the cause 138-131

Harden cut the lead once again seconds later on with a 3-pointer with 40 seconds to go.

Covington got the Firecrackers within 2 points with 2 totally free tosses. The Firecrackers were required to nasty, and Seth Curry made 1 of 2 totally free tosses to leave Dallas up 139-136 with 5.2 seconds to go.

Russell Westbrook included 31 points for the Firecrackers after showing up to Florida late after checking favorable for the coronavirus.

“It’s tough,” he stated. “To be at home for 18, 19 days no working out … (I) was a little slow tonight but I’ll definitely be better moving forward.”

The groups integrated for the most first-half points in the NBA this season, with Dallas leading 85-75 to connect its franchise record.

The Firecrackers went on a 7-0 run, with 4 points from Westbrook, to cut the deficit late in the 3rd quarter. However Dallas concluded the 3rd with a 6-2 go to lead 119-108 going into the 4th quarter.


Firecrackers: G Eric Gordon remained with a sprained left ankle and is anticipated to be out for about 10 days. … McLemore fouled out with about 10 minutes left.

Mavericks: Burke scored 31 points off the bench and made 8 of 10 3-pointers. … Dorian Finney-Smith fouled out late in the 4th quarter.


Firecrackers: Play the Milwaukee Bucks Sunday.

Mavericks: Play the Phoenix Suns Sunday.


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