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Harden scores 36, Rockets rout Kings 130-105

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Houston Rockets weren't shy about trying to break their own NBA record for most 3-pointers in a game, heaving up five shots from long range in the final two minutes.

All five shots missed.

James Harden shrugged it off and was more impressed with how well the Rockets spread the ball around, passing for 30 assists for the fourth time this season.

Harden had 36 points and 10 assists, Houston had 26 3-pointers and the Rockets beat the Sacramento Kings 130-105 Tuesday night.

Houston (50-28) moved a half-game ahead of idle Portland for third place in the Western Conference. It's the fifth time in the six years that the Rockets have had at least 50 victories.

''The ball is moving, guys are getting shots, guys are getting opportunities and capitalizing on it,'' Harden said. ''It's going to be vital for us late in the stretch and heading into the postseason.''

Coming off a 50-point, triple-double against the Kings on Saturday, Harden had another big night to help the Rockets complete a four-game season sweep of Sacramento.

Harden scored 23 points in the first half, made three of his seven 3s during a two-minute span in the third quarter and had a long alley-oop pass to House for a dunk then added another 3-pointer in the fourth that made it 114-89.

In the four games against the Kings this season, Harden scored 156 points and had 29 assists and 24 rebounds.

That helped keep Houston rolling on a night when point guard Chris Paul had an off night scoring, finishing with seven points while going 1 of 7 from 3-point range. Paul, who had 12 assists, also had two steals to move past Alvin Robertson into ninth place all-time in the NBA. Paul has 2,113.

''We just tried to come out aggressive,'' Paul said. ''They made some runs but our defense was pretty locked in most of the game and we got out in transition.''

Eric Gordon and Danuel House Jr. each scored 19 points, Kenneth Faried added 12 points and 11 rebounds, and P.J. Tucker scored 13. The Rockets have won 17 of 20.

Buddy Hield had 20 points and seven rebounds for Sacramento. The Kings (38-40) have lost four of six.

''They do a good job of spreading it around,'' Sacramento coach Dave Joerger said. ''They got what they were looking for which is at the rim or 3-point shots, and we struggled. We've got to go harder than that.''

Houston led by 16 points at halftime, led 89-68 late in the third following a 4-point play by Harden, then made six consecutive 3s in the fourth to blow the game open.

MANIMAL BACK IN FORM

Faried's 14th double-double of the season came after he did not play in Houston's previous three games due to left knee soreness. ''He attacks on the rim and that really helps,'' Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said.

SECOND PLACE WITHIN REACH

Houston trails second-place Denver by 1 1/2 games in the West. With four games left, the Rockets still have time to pass the Nuggets, but Paul isn't thinking about that. ''We said it all season long, for us it's about being healthy,'' Paul said. ''When you've been in this league long enough, at the end of the day you're going to have to play whoever's there. For us, it's playing the right way and we'll see who we have to play.''

TIP-INS

Rockets: It's the 16th time this season that Houston has made 20 or more 3-pointers. . The Rockets' biggest lead was 30 points late in the fourth when Chris Chiozza made a 3. . Houston's 30 assists were two shy of its season high of 32.

Kings: Marvin Bagley III had 19 points on 7-of-18 shooting and eight rebounds off the bench. . Harry Giles missed his seventh consecutive game with a left thigh contusion.

UP NEXT

Rockets: Play the Clippers in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Kings: Host the Cavaliers on Thursday.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:39   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:35   Defensive rebound by Willie Cauley-Stein  
11:20   Bad pass turnover on Harrison Barnes, stolen by Clint Capela  
10:59   Out of bounds turnover on De'Aaron Fox  
10:36   HOU team rebound  
10:25 +3 Eric Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 5-0
10:07 +2 Harrison Barnes made floating jump shot, assist by Buddy Hield 5-2
9:51   Defensive rebound by Harrison Barnes  
9:44   De'Aaron Fox missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:42   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
9:35   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:32   Offensive rebound by Clint Capela  
9:21   Shooting foul on Nemanja Bjelica  
9:21   HOU team rebound  
9:21   James Harden missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:21 +1 James Harden made 2nd of 2 free throws 6-2
8:59 +2 Nemanja Bjelica made driving layup, assist by Buddy Hield 6-4
8:41 +2 James Harden made driving layup 8-4
8:21   Defensive rebound by Buddy Hield  
8:15 +2 Nemanja Bjelica made layup, assist by Buddy Hield 8-6
8:05   Personal foul on Nemanja Bjelica  
7:57 +3 P.J. Tucker made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 11-6
7:48 +2 Nemanja Bjelica made fade-away jump shot, assist by De'Aaron Fox 11-8
7:33 +3 Buddy Hield made 3-pt. jump shot 11-11
7:16   James Harden missed driving layup  
7:16   SAC team rebound  
7:16   Personal foul on Clint Capela  
6:53   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
6:50   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:39   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
6:36 +2 Clint Capela made dunk, assist by Chris Paul 13-11
6:36   Shooting foul on Buddy Hield  
6:36 +1 Clint Capela made free throw 14-11
6:20   Marvin Bagley III missed turnaround jump shot  
6:17   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
6:08   James Harden missed layup, blocked by De'Aaron Fox  
6:08   HOU team rebound  
5:39 +3 Buddy Hield made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Harrison Barnes 16-14
6:02 +2 Clint Capela made dunk, assist by James Harden 16-11
5:21   Shooting foul on De'Aaron Fox  
5:21 +1 James Harden made 1st of 3 free throws 17-14
5:21 +1 James Harden made 2nd of 3 free throws 18-14
5:21 +1 James Harden made 3rd of 3 free throws 19-14
5:09   Willie Cauley-Stein missed jump shot  
5:08 +2 Marvin Bagley III made dunk 19-16
5:08   Offensive rebound by Marvin Bagley III  
5:08   Shooting foul on P.J. Tucker  
5:08 +1 Marvin Bagley III made free throw 19-17
4:51 +3 P.J. Tucker made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by James Harden 22-17
4:41   Buddy Hield missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:40   Offensive rebound by Kosta Koufos  
4:40   Personal foul on James Harden  
4:31   De'Aaron Fox missed fade-away jump shot  
4:26   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
4:10 +2 Buddy Hield made layup, assist by De'Aaron Fox 22-19
3:46 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot 25-19
3:31 +3 Iman Shumpert made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Danuel House Jr. 28-19
3:14   Bogdan Bogdanovic missed jump shot  
3:11   Offensive rebound by Marvin Bagley III  
3:09   Marvin Bagley III missed jump shot  
3:09   Offensive rebound by Buddy Hield  
3:09   Offensive rebound by Buddy Hield  
2:52 +3 Danuel House Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Austin Rivers 31-21
2:32   Kosta Koufos missed hook shot  
2:29   Defensive rebound by Kenneth Faried  
2:24   Danuel House Jr. missed driving layup  
2:22   Offensive rebound by Kenneth Faried  
2:12 +2 Kenneth Faried made layup, assist by Chris Paul 33-21
1:58   Marvin Bagley III missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:55   Defensive rebound by Iman Shumpert  
1:47   Iman Shumpert missed jump shot, blocked by Buddy Hield  
1:43   Defensive rebound by Marvin Bagley III  
1:37   Yogi Ferrell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:37   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
1:13   Defensive rebound by Marvin Bagley III  
1:07   Buddy Hield missed jump shot  
1:03   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
0:59   Chris Paul missed jump shot  
0:52   Buddy Hield missed layup, blocked by Chris Paul  
0:52   HOU team rebound  
0:36   Austin Rivers missed driving layup  
0:24   Marvin Bagley III missed floating jump shot  
0:19   Bad pass turnover on Iman Shumpert, stolen by Nemanja Bjelica  
0:06   Personal foul on Iman Shumpert  
0:03 +2 Yogi Ferrell made driving layup, assist by Bogdan Bogdanovic 33-23
0:00   Austin Rivers missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:46   Bogdan Bogdanovic missed jump shot  
11:44   Defensive rebound by Kenneth Faried  
11:32   Eric Gordon missed driving layup, blocked by Corey Brewer  
11:28   Defensive rebound by Yogi Ferrell  
11:21 +2 Bogdan Bogdanovic made layup 33-25
11:01 +2 Kenneth Faried made finger-roll layup 35-25
10:25   Defensive rebound by Nemanja Bjelica  
10:22   Personal foul on Danuel House Jr.  
10:14   Shooting foul on Kenneth Faried  
10:14 +1 Marvin Bagley III made 1st of 2 free throws 35-28
10:14   Marvin Bagley III missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
10:03   Chris Paul missed driving layup, blocked by Marvin Bagley III  
10:01   Defensive rebound by Marvin Bagley III  
9:45   Corey Brewer missed layup  
9:41   Defensive rebound by Kenneth Faried  
9:38   Shooting foul on Yogi Ferrell  
9:38 +1 Danuel House Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 36-28
9:35   Defensive rebound by Nemanja Bjelica  
9:27   Shooting foul on Austin Rivers  
9:27   Yogi Ferrell missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:27   SAC team rebound  
9:27 +1 Yogi Ferrell made 2nd of 2 free throws 36-29
9:17   Out of bounds turnover on Eric Gordon  
8:49 +2 Bogdan Bogdanovic made driving layup 36-31
8:33   Eric Gordon missed 1st of 3 free throws  
8:33   HOU team rebound  
8:33 +1 Eric Gordon made 2nd of 3 free throws 37-31
8:33 +1 Eric Gordon made 3rd of 3 free throws 38-31
8:14   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
8:04 +3 Eric Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by James Harden 41-31
7:39 +2 Bogdan Bogdanovic made jump shot 41-33
7:21 +2 Clint Capela made alley-oop shot, assist by James Harden 43-33
7:10 +2 Yogi Ferrell made driving layup 43-35
7:00   Personal foul on Nemanja Bjelica  
6:47 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot 46-35
6:28   Personal foul on Eric Gordon  
6:18   Personal foul on James Harden  
6:18 +1 Harrison Barnes made 1st of 2 free throws 46-36
6:18 +1 Harrison Barnes made 2nd of 2 free throws 46-37
6:01   Offensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
5:45   Defensive rebound by Buddy Hield  
5:35   Willie Cauley-Stein missed hook shot  
5:33   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
5:14   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:10   Defensive rebound by Willie Cauley-Stein  
4:57   Shooting foul on P.J. Tucker  
4:57   SAC team rebound  
4:57   Harrison Barnes missed 1st of 2 free throws  
4:55   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
4:45 +2 Eric Gordon made layup, assist by Clint Capela 48-37
4:37 +3 Buddy Hield made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bogdan Bogdanovic 48-40
4:22   Defensive rebound by Willie Cauley-Stein  
4:17 +2 Buddy Hield made driving layup, assist by De'Aaron Fox 48-42
3:53 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot 51-42
3:35 +2 Willie Cauley-Stein made jump shot 51-44
3:05   De'Aaron Fox missed driving layup  
3:02   Defensive rebound by Iman Shumpert  
2:47 +1 P.J. Tucker made 1st of 2 free throws 54-44
2:47 +1 P.J. Tucker made 2nd of 2 free throws 55-44
2:24 +2 Harrison Barnes made driving layup 55-46
2:00   Offensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
1:59   P.J. Tucker missed layup  
1:59   SAC team rebound  
1:47   Willie Cauley-Stein missed jump shot  
1:47   Willie Cauley-Stein missed jump shot  
1:43   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
1:36 +2 James Harden made driving layup 57-46
1:27   Bad pass turnover on De'Aaron Fox, stolen by Chris Paul  
1:21 +2 James Harden made layup, assist by Chris Paul 59-46
1:06   Harrison Barnes missed jump shot  
1:04   Defensive rebound by Iman Shumpert  
0:58   SAC team rebound  
0:58   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:44   Buddy Hield missed jump shot  
0:40   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
0:31   Chris Paul missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:27   Defensive rebound by Harrison Barnes  
0:07   Marvin Bagley III missed jump shot  
0:01 +3 P.J. Tucker made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 62-46
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:41   Willie Cauley-Stein missed jump shot  
11:37   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
11:32   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:29   Defensive rebound by Buddy Hield  
11:17   Bad pass turnover on Nemanja Bjelica, stolen by Eric Gordon  
10:58 +3 Chris Paul made 3-pt. jump shot 65-46
10:31   Chris Paul missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:28   Defensive rebound by Willie Cauley-Stein  
10:21   Willie Cauley-Stein missed jump shot  
10:16   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
10:04   Out of bounds turnover on James Harden  
9:51   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
9:29   Defensive rebound by Nemanja Bjelica  
9:22   De'Aaron Fox missed jump shot  
9:20   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
9:05   Defensive rebound by Willie Cauley-Stein  
8:59 +3 Buddy Hield made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Nemanja Bjelica 65-51
8:40 +2 P.J. Tucker made hook shot, assist by James Harden 67-51
8:33 +2 De'Aaron Fox made jump shot 67-53
8:24 +2 Chris Paul made driving layup 69-53
8:24   Shooting foul on De'Aaron Fox  
8:24   Chris Paul missed free throw  
8:21   Offensive rebound by Clint Capela  
7:59 +3 Eric Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 72-53
7:34   Harrison Barnes missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:28 +2 Nemanja Bjelica made dunk 72-55
7:28   Offensive rebound by Nemanja Bjelica  
7:09   Defensive rebound by Harrison Barnes  
7:00   Nemanja Bjelica missed driving layup  
7:00   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
6:48   Violation  
6:43   Danuel House Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:40   Offensive rebound by Clint Capela  
6:19   Offensive rebound by De'Aaron Fox  
6:18 +2 De'Aaron Fox made layup 74-57
5:59   Shooting foul on Iman Shumpert  
5:59   De'Aaron Fox missed 1st of 2 free throws  
5:59   SAC team rebound  
5:59 +1 De'Aaron Fox made 2nd of 2 free throws 74-58
5:47   Danuel House Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:44   Defensive rebound by Harrison Barnes  
5:34 +2 Harrison Barnes made jump shot 74-60
5:29   Personal foul on Bogdan Bogdanovic  
5:02 +2 Nemanja Bjelica made layup, assist by De'Aaron Fox 77-62
4:46 +3 Iman Shumpert made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Danuel House Jr. 80-62
4:33 +2 Marvin Bagley III made jump shot 80-64
4:05   Shooting foul on P.J. Tucker  
4:05 +1 De'Aaron Fox made 1st of 2 free throws 83-65
4:05 +1 De'Aaron Fox made 2nd of 2 free throws 83-66
3:49 +2 Danuel House Jr. made driving dunk, assist by James Harden 85-66
3:40 +2 Marvin Bagley III made hook shot, assist by De'Aaron Fox 85-68
3:21   Shooting foul on Nemanja Bjelica  
3:21 +1 James Harden made free throw 89-68
3:05   Harrison Barnes missed alley-oop shot  
3:03   Defensive rebound by Kenneth Faried  
3:01 +2 Danuel House Jr. made dunk, assist by James Harden 91-68
2:49 +3 Marvin Bagley III made 3-pt. jump shot 91-71
2:33   SAC team rebound  
2:19   Buddy Hield missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:15   Defensive rebound by Kenneth Faried  
2:01   Out of bounds turnover on Chris Paul  
1:39 +2 Harrison Barnes made floating jump shot 91-73
1:15   Offensive rebound by Kenneth Faried  
1:09   Offensive foul on Kenneth Faried  
1:09   Offensive foul on Kenneth Faried  
0:54 +2 Marvin Bagley III made hook shot 91-75
0:41   Austin Rivers missed driving layup  
0:38   Defensive rebound by Yogi Ferrell  
0:30 +2 Bogdan Bogdanovic made driving layup, assist by Buddy Hield 91-77
0:10   Chris Paul missed turnaround jump shot  
0:07   Defensive rebound by Buddy Hield  
0:00   Buddy Hield missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:01   SAC team rebound  
0:00   End of period