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Harden, Capela help Rockets over Nuggets 125-113

HOUSTON (AP) With James Harden getting double-teamed almost every time he had the ball Monday night against the Denver Nuggets, he looked for other Houston Rockets to step up and make plays.

Chief among them was Clint Capela, who set a career high with 31 points as the Rockets beat the Nuggets 125-113.

''He did what he was supposed to do,'' said Harden, who had 32 points. ''He finished. He played extremely well. Played hard.''

P.J. Tucker set a career high with seven 3-pointers and scored a season-high 21 points to help Houston win for the 12th time in 14 games. Capela had 19 points by halftime as Harden fed him again and again.

''Whenever I'm under the rim and you put a little on me what's going to happen is that 99 or 100 percent of the time I'm going to dunk the ball,'' Capela said. ''This is what happened tonight and I did a great job of finishing aggressive under the rim.''

Houston was up by 11 after two free throws by Torrey Craig with about 5 1/2 minutes left before Tucker and Harden made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to make it 117-100 about a minute later.

Gerald Green had 21 points and made six 3s on a night Houston made 22 3s for its sixth game this season with at least 20.

''We're just a real tough team when we're knocking down shots like that,'' Green said.

Nikola Jokic scored 24 points for the Nuggets, who had a five-game winning streak snapped.

''Give them credit,'' Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. ''You know Harden is going to get his, but when P.J. Tucker and Gerald Green score the amount of 3s that they made, I believe 13 combined, that's a tough one to overcome.''

Harden had 14 assists, six 3-pointers and scored at least 30 points for the 13th straight game.

''He's probably the hardest guy in the NBA to guard,'' Malone said.

Coach Mike D'Antoni enjoys watching the different things Harden does to help his team win night after night.

''Whatever they throw at him, he'll find the best play,'' D'Antoni said. ''He'll also find a way to score. He'll find his way, but he'll also get everyone involved.''

TIP-INS

Nuggets: Malone said Will Barton (hip) is making progress and could return in the next couple of weeks. ... Morris added 21 points off the bench.

Rockets: Houston traded Michael Carter-Williams and cash considerations to the Chicago Bulls on Monday for a protected second-round pick in the 2020 draft. The Bulls then waived the guard following the trade. ... Chris Paul missed his eighth game in a row with a strained left hamstring. ... Eric Gordon missed his fourth straight game with a bruised right knee.

WHAT A PLAY

The Rockets led 70-60 at halftime after Harden made two 3-pointers in the last 90 seconds of the second quarter. The first of those shots is sure to show up on highlight reels, as Murray slipped and fell to the court trying to guard him before Harden stepped back for the basket.

MAGIC NUMBER?

With Monday's win the Rockets improved to 59-2 when scoring at least 120 points under D'Antoni.

THEY SAID IT

Jokic on Denver's struggles against Houston, which has won nine straight in the series: ''They beat us at our place and they beat us here. Last year, we didn't win one time, so that team gives us a problem, but we have to find a way to beat them and play (better) against them.''

UP NEXT

Nuggets: Visit the Miami Heat on Tuesday night.

Rockets: Host Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
N. Jokic
15 C
J. Harden
13 SG
37.1 Min. Per Game 37.1
33.7 Pts. Per Game 33.7
8.5 Ast. Per Game 8.5
5.9 Reb. Per Game 5.9
50.2 Field Goal % 43.6
50.1 Three Point % 43.6
83.8 Free Throw % 85.1
+ 2 Malik Beasley made dunk, assist by Brandon Goodwin 0:14
  Defensive rebound by Brandon Goodwin 0:17
  Austin Rivers missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:19
+ 2 Trey Lyles made finger-roll layup, assist by Monte Morris 0:43
  Defensive rebound by Malik Beasley 0:47
  James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:48
+ 2 Monte Morris made jump shot 1:07
+ 2 Clint Capela made layup 1:13
+ 3 Gerald Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Austin Rivers 1:28
+ 1 Brandon Goodwin made free throw 1:51
  Shooting foul on Gerald Green 1:51
Team Stats
Points 113 125
Field Goals 44-93 (47.3%) 38-76 (50.0%)
3-Pointers 7-29 (24.1%) 22-47 (46.8%)
Free Throws 18-21 (85.7%) 27-34 (79.4%)
Total Rebounds 51 46
Offensive 14 4
Defensive 32 30
Team 5 12
Assists 26 28
Steals 7 8
Blocks 3 3
Turnovers 14 15
Fouls 21 23
Technicals 0 0
24 PTS, 13 REB, 4 AST
32 PTS, 5 REB, 14 AST
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away team logo Nuggets 26-12 35252924113
home team logo Rockets 23-16 33372629125
Team Stats
away team logo Nuggets 26-12 112.0 PPG 46.7 RPG 27.8 APG
home team logo Rockets 23-16 113.2 PPG 41.5 RPG 21.1 APG
Key Players
N. Jokic C 20.3 PPG 10.7 RPG 7.5 APG 50.9 FG%
J. Harden SG 36.1 PPG 6.5 RPG 7.7 APG 43.6 FG%
Top Scorers
N. Jokic C 24 PTS 13 REB 4 AST
J. Harden SG 32 PTS 5 REB 14 AST
47.3 FG% 50.0
24.1 3PT FG% 46.8
85.7 FT% 79.4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
N. Jokic 24 13 4 11/20 1/1 1/1 2 28 2 1 8 5 8 -22 40
G. Harris 14 4 2 4/11 2/5 4/4 2 27 0 0 0 1 3 -12 22
J. Murray 13 2 4 5/13 0/3 3/4 3 29 0 0 3 1 1 -24 20
P. Millsap 6 3 2 2/6 0/0 2/2 2 21 0 1 0 2 1 -14 14
T. Craig 5 6 0 1/6 0/3 3/4 2 25 0 0 0 5 1 -17 11
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
N. Jokic 24 13 4 11/20 1/1 1/1 2 28 2 1 8 5 8 -22 40
G. Harris 14 4 2 4/11 2/5 4/4 2 27 0 0 0 1 3 -12 22
J. Murray 13 2 4 5/13 0/3 3/4 3 29 0 0 3 1 1 -24 20
P. Millsap 6 3 2 2/6 0/0 2/2 2 21 0 1 0 2 1 -14 14
T. Craig 5 6 0 1/6 0/3 3/4 2 25 0 0 0 5 1 -17 11
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Morris 21 3 5 9/13 1/3 2/2 2 24 2 0 0 0 3 +2 36
M. Beasley 14 3 1 6/11 2/7 0/0 2 26 1 0 0 0 3 +2 20
M. Plumlee 6 3 1 2/2 0/0 2/3 2 15 2 0 2 0 3 +5 11
T. Lyles 4 2 2 2/5 0/2 0/0 2 17 0 0 0 0 2 +8 10
B. Goodwin 3 2 2 1/1 0/0 1/1 1 4 0 0 1 0 2 +5 8
J. Hernangomez 3 5 3 1/5 1/5 0/0 1 19 0 1 0 0 5 +7 15
I. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Barton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Welsh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Lydon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Vanderbilt - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Porter Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 113 46 26 44/93 7/29 18/21 21 235 7 3 14 14 32 -60 207
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Harden 32 5 14 7/18 6/15 12/15 4 39 1 1 6 0 5 +23 61
C. Capela 31 9 2 13/18 0/0 5/7 3 36 2 0 0 1 8 +26 46
P. Tucker 21 0 1 7/11 7/11 0/0 2 37 4 2 1 0 0 +27 28
D. House Jr. 6 6 3 1/3 1/1 3/3 0 25 0 0 3 1 5 -2 15
A. Rivers 4 3 6 1/7 1/6 1/2 3 40 1 0 2 0 3 +6 18
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Harden 32 5 14 7/18 6/15 12/15 4 39 1 1 6 0 5 +23 61
C. Capela 31 9 2 13/18 0/0 5/7 3 36 2 0 0 1 8 +26 46
P. Tucker 21 0 1 7/11 7/11 0/0 2 37 4 2 1 0 0 +27 28
D. House Jr. 6 6 3 1/3 1/1 3/3 0 25 0 0 3 1 5 -2 15
A. Rivers 4 3 6 1/7 1/6 1/2 3 40 1 0 2 0 3 +6 18
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
G. Green 21 5 0 6/10 6/10 3/3 3 27 0 0 1 0 5 -2 25
J. Ennis III 5 4 2 2/3 1/2 0/0 4 14 0 0 2 1 3 +2 11
Nene 5 2 0 1/4 0/0 3/4 2 11 0 0 0 1 1 -14 7
B. Knight 0 0 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 -6 0
E. Gordon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Clark - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Edwards - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Chriss - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Hartenstein - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Anthony - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Paul - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 125 34 28 38/76 22/47 27/34 23 235 8 3 15 4 30 +60 211