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Rockets beat Hawks 118-99 for 60th win

HOUSTON (AP) In a season where Houston is singularly focused on winning its first championship since taking two straight in 1994 and 1995, the Rockets paused for a moment to savor the accomplishment of reaching 60 wins for the first time in franchise history by downing the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night.

''It's hard and it's a pretty special season to get 60,'' coach Mike D'Antoni said.

James Harden had a triple-double with 18 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds in three quarters and the Rockets beat the Hawks 118-99.

''It's pretty cool to get 60 wins ... it's just a good feeling,'' Harden said. ''That means you're doing something right, the chemistry is there, you're sharing the ball, being unselfish and playing for each other.''

It was the second straight game where the Rockets never trailed after a rout of New Orleans on Saturday night that set a franchise record for wins in a season.

The NBA-leading Rockets have won nine straight and became the 18th team in NBA history to reach 60 wins in the 74th game of the season.

''Sixty - you very rarely see it, only one or two teams a year do it,'' Eric Gordon said. ''So it's a special year. But the crazy part about it is you still have eight games to go.''

Houston was up by 24 at halftime and the Hawks cut into the lead with a solid third quarter, but never really threatened, allowing Harden to watch the final quarter from the bench for the second night in a row.

Taurean Prince scored 28 and Isaiah Taylor had 26 for the Hawks, who have lost three in a row and nine of their last 10.

''They test us in every way,'' coach Mike Budenholzer said. ''The good thing is the way we played the second half, I thought we got better.''

Harden, who had 12 assists by halftime, had his fourth triple-double this season and the 35th of his career.

Gerald Green had 25 points, and Gordon added 22 for the Rockets with Chris Paul out for the third straight game with a sore left hamstring.

Atlanta got within 16 after four straight points by Taylor midway through the fourth, but Green hit a 3-pointer seconds later to push Houston's lead to 108-89.

The Rockets led 25 after a 3-pointer by Gordon early in the third quarter when the Hawks went on a 7-2 run to cut the lead to 74-54 with about 8 1/2 minutes left in the period.

The Hawks used a 15-6 spurt later in the third to get within 85-71 with about two minutes remaining in the quarter. Prince had five points in that span and capped the run with a 3-pointer.

But Houston used a 9-3 run to wrap up the quarter and take a 94-74 lead into the fourth quarter. Harden scored four points in that stretch and found Green for a 3-pointer to cap it.

The Rockets raced out to an 11-5 lead early and were up 33-20 at the end of the first quarter.

Houston led by 10 early in the second quarter before scoring the next 11 points, with eight from Green, to make it 44-23 eight minutes before halftime.

The Rockets didn't let up after that, leading 69-45 at halftime.

TIP-INS

Hawks: Dennis Schroder missed the game with a sprained right ankle. ... John Collins finished with 10 rebounds. ... DeAndre' Bembry sat out with an abdominal strain.

Rockets: Ryan Anderson got a night off to rest. ... Coach Mike D'Antoni said Paul could have played if it were the playoffs and that he should return on Tuesday. ... With 20 3-pointers on Sunday, the Rockets have made 15 or more in five of their last six games.

HAPPY GREEN

Green had his best game since scoring 29 and 27 points in his first two games after signing with Houston as a free agent in January. The 32-year-old, who has played for eight teams, said he loves playing for his hometown team and feels lucky to be part of the group.

''I'm just really happy to be here,'' he said. ''I think this is what you see when somebody is happy to be at a place and they can play however. Of all the teams I've played with I've never been this happy before.''

THEY SAID IT

Trevor Ariza on Houston maintaining their intensity despite playing non-contending teams the past two games: ''That's the type of thing I think championship teams do.''

UP NEXT

Hawks: At Minnesota on Wednesday night.

Rockets: Host Chicago on Tuesday night.

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Key Players
D. Schroder
17 PG
J. Harden
13 SG
35.6 Min. Per Game 35.6
30.9 Pts. Per Game 30.9
8.6 Ast. Per Game 8.6
5.3 Reb. Per Game 5.3
43.6 Field Goal % 44.8
43.6 Three Point % 44.7
84.9 Free Throw % 86.4
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:04
  Defensive rebound by Zhou Qi 0:26
  Andrew White missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:30
  Defensive rebound by Josh Magette 0:33
  Joe Johnson missed floating jump shot 0:36
  Defensive rebound by Tarik Black 0:45
  Mike Muscala missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:48
  Defensive rebound by Andrew White 0:53
  R.J. Hunter missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:56
  Personal foul on Josh Magette 1:00
+ 3 Tyler Dorsey made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Josh Magette 1:08
Team Stats
Points 99 118
Field Goals 39-88 (44.3%) 44-90 (48.9%)
3-Pointers 11-40 (27.5%) 20-52 (38.5%)
Free Throws 10-11 (90.9%) 10-11 (90.9%)
Total Rebounds 48 49
Offensive 7 6
Defensive 38 39
Team 3 4
Assists 18 28
Steals 5 7
Blocks 2 4
Turnovers 13 11
Fouls 14 12
Technicals 0 1
28 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST
18 PTS, 10 REB, 15 AST
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away team logo Hawks 21-53 2025292599
home team logo Rockets 60-14 33362524118
Team Stats
away team logo Hawks 21-53 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Rockets 60-14 104.9 PPG 43 RPG 18.8 APG
Key Players
T. Waller-Prince SF 14.1 PPG 4.7 RPG 2.6 APG 42.6 FG%
G. Green SG 12.1 PPG 3.2 RPG 0.6 APG 40.7 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Waller-Prince SF 28 PTS 6 REB 2 AST
G. Green SG 25 PTS 7 REB 2 AST
44.3 FG% 48.9
27.5 3PT FG% 38.5
90.9 FT% 90.9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Waller-Prince 37 28 6 2 2 0 3 0 11/18 3/8 3/3 1 5 37 -14
I. Taylor 31 26 1 3 1 0 2 4 10/17 3/6 3/4 0 1 32 -15
D. Dedmon 29 6 7 1 0 1 1 1 3/7 0/3 0/0 2 5 15 -12
J. Collins 25 6 10 2 0 1 2 1 2/3 0/0 2/2 0 10 19 -10
D. Lee 25 4 5 1 1 0 1 3 2/9 0/5 0/0 0 5 11 -12
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Waller-Prince 37 28 6 2 2 0 3 0 11/18 3/8 3/3 1 5 37 -14
I. Taylor 31 26 1 3 1 0 2 4 10/17 3/6 3/4 0 1 32 -15
D. Dedmon 29 6 7 1 0 1 1 1 3/7 0/3 0/0 2 5 15 -12
J. Collins 25 6 10 2 0 1 2 1 2/3 0/0 2/2 0 10 19 -10
D. Lee 25 4 5 1 1 0 1 3 2/9 0/5 0/0 0 5 11 -12
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Dorsey 28 16 5 1 0 0 1 2 6/15 4/9 0/0 1 4 22 -4
M. Muscala 27 13 6 3 0 0 1 0 5/10 1/4 2/2 2 4 24 -7
T. Cavanaugh 6 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 1 1 -2
J. Magette 16 0 2 5 1 0 1 3 0/4 0/3 0/0 0 2 12 -4
A. White 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/4 0/2 0/0 0 1 1 -15
M. Delaney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Plumlee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Bazemore - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Schroder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Cleveland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Bembry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Morris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 99 45 18 5 2 13 14 39/88 11/40 10/11 7 38 174 -95
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Gordon 32 22 2 4 1 1 2 0 8/13 4/9 2/2 0 2 32 +19
J. Harden 30 18 10 15 2 0 2 2 6/15 1/7 5/5 0 10 58 +14
C. Capela 27 14 8 1 2 2 2 1 7/9 0/0 0/0 3 5 26 +3
T. Ariza 30 14 4 0 0 0 1 2 4/14 4/11 2/2 0 4 17 +9
P. Tucker 30 12 1 0 0 0 1 1 4/9 4/9 0/0 0 1 12 +14
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Gordon 32 22 2 4 1 1 2 0 8/13 4/9 2/2 0 2 32 +19
J. Harden 30 18 10 15 2 0 2 2 6/15 1/7 5/5 0 10 58 +14
C. Capela 27 14 8 1 2 2 2 1 7/9 0/0 0/0 3 5 26 +3
T. Ariza 30 14 4 0 0 0 1 2 4/14 4/11 2/2 0 4 17 +9
P. Tucker 30 12 1 0 0 0 1 1 4/9 4/9 0/0 0 1 12 +14
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Green 32 25 7 2 1 0 1 1 10/15 5/10 0/0 1 6 36 +8
J. Johnson 29 9 4 4 0 0 1 1 3/9 2/5 1/2 0 4 20 +14
Z. Qi 3 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 1 5 -1
Nene 14 2 3 1 1 1 1 3 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 3 8 +13
R. Hunter 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 -1
T. Black 5 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 5 +3
L. Mbah a Moute - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Nash - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Onuaku - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Paul - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 118 45 28 7 4 11 12 44/90 20/52 10/11 6 39 219 +95