Harden, Westbrook shine as Rockets extend win streak
LOS ANGELES, USA – James Harden scored 36 points and Russell Westbrook bagged a triple double as the Houston Rockets extended their red-hot winning streak to 8 games with a 132-108 rout of the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday, November 18.
Harden, fresh from a 49-point display in Saturday's win over Minnesota, was once again in commanding form against a Portland team who were always second best at Houston's Toyota Center.
The 2017-2018 NBA Most Valuable Player also had 6 rebounds and 5 assists as the Blazers struggled to contain the Rockets' multi-pronged offense.
Westbrook tormented the Portland defense, finishing with 28 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists on a night when all 5 Houston starters finished in double figures.
The win saw the Rockets improve to 11-3 at the top of the Western Conference, neck-and-neck with the pace-setting Los Angeles Lakers (11-2).
CJ McCollum led the scoring for Portland with 25 points, but team-mate Damian Lillard was kept quiet with only 13 points. Portland fell to 5-9 with the defeat.
Elsewhere Monday, Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with a 33-point haul as the Milwaukee Bucks outgunned the Chicago Bulls 115-101.
Antetokounmpo's points tally was matched by impressive defensive numbers, with the Greek star pulling down 10 rebounds, forcing 8 turnovers and making 3 steals.
Brook Lopez had 19 points while Donte DiVincenzo added 15 for the Bucks, who improved to 10-3 in the Eastern Conference standings.
In Toronto, O.G. Anunoby and Pascal Siakam sparked the Raptors in a 132-96 demolition of the Charlotte Hornets.
Anunoby had 24 points and Siakam 20 as 7 Toronto players finished in double figures against an outclassed Charlotte team. – Rappler.com