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Harden has 43 points for 26th game in a row with 30 or more

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Once James Harden figures out the best way to take over a game, there isn't much other NBA teams can do to stop him.

Harden attacked on both ends of the court and quickly filled up the stat sheet to power the Houston Rockets to a 125-98 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.

Harden had 43 points for his 26th straight game with at least 30 points. The 30-point streak is the third-longest in NBA history, trailing only Wilt Chamberlain's runs of 65 and 31 games.

''It was a must win for us and we came out here and played like it,'' the reigning NBA MVP said. ''Defensively, we got after it. Offensively, we moved the basketball. Everybody played well. That's the effort it's going to take for us on every single night.''

Harden also had 12 rebounds, six steals, five assists and four blocks. He was 12 of 22 from the field, making 4 of 12 3-pointers, and made all 15 of his free throws.

''He's so locked in,'' teammate Gerald Green said. ''He puts the work in. He's leading us in the right direction. Our job is to let him lead and follow him in this. He'll take us where we need to go.''

Green added 25 points, and Kenneth Faried had 16 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out with 5:07 remaining. Houston snapped a two-game losing streak, holding the Jazz to 36 percent shooting and forcing 23 turnovers.

''The biggest thing is we turned that ball over way too much,'' Utah guard Donovan Mitchell said. ''That's what really hurt us.''

Mitchell had 26 points and nine assists for Utah. Rudy Gobert added 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Harden fueled the bulk of a 17-4 run that put Houston up 60-48 with 30.1 seconds left in the first half, making three baskets and four free throws. He punctuated it by scoring on three consecutive possessions.

''It never feels like he's selfish,'' Utah coach Quin Snyder said. ''It just feels like he's making the right play all the time and a lot of times the right play is him shooting the ball. He's playing at a level that is rare.''

FIVE BY FIVE DENIED

Harden missed his first career five-by-five by a single block.

''If I was any taller I could have gotten another block,'' Harden said. ''Honestly, I was trying to be active and create some opportunities with our defense.

TIP INS

Rockets: Chris Paul did not play to rest after scoring 20 points and adding six assists against Denver on Friday night. ... Houston improved to 5-3 in the second game of back-to-backs.

Jazz: Mitchell is 14 of 42 from the field in his last two games. ... Utah outscored Houston 19-0 in fast-break points.

UP NEXT

Rockets: At Phoenix on Monday night.

Jazz: Host Phoenix on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
J. Harden
13 SG
R. Gobert
27 C
31.5 Min. Per Game 31.5
15.2 Pts. Per Game 15.2
2.2 Ast. Per Game 2.2
12.8 Reb. Per Game 12.8
43.9 Field Goal % 65.0
43.6 Three Point % 65.5
86.7 Free Throw % 65.2
+ 2 Ekpe Udoh made hook shot, assist by Naz Mitrou-Long 0:07
  Defensive rebound by Georges Niang 0:15
  Austin Rivers missed 3rd of 3 free throws 0:17
+ 1 Austin Rivers made 2nd of 3 free throws 0:17
+ 1 Austin Rivers made 1st of 3 free throws 0:17
  Shooting foul on Naz Mitrou-Long 0:17
+ 2 Tyler Cavanaugh made reverse layup, assist by Grayson Allen 0:38
  Defensive rebound by Grayson Allen 0:41
  Marquese Chriss missed dunk 0:43
  Defensive rebound by Marquese Chriss 0:57
  Naz Mitrou-Long missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:00
Team Stats
Points 125 98
Field Goals 40-87 (46.0%) 31-86 (36.0%)
3-Pointers 15-39 (38.5%) 11-41 (26.8%)
Free Throws 30-37 (81.1%) 25-36 (69.4%)
Total Rebounds 56 64
Offensive 8 14
Defensive 40 37
Team 8 13
Assists 17 19
Steals 15 8
Blocks 8 9
Turnovers 14 20
Fouls 29 21
Technicals 2 3
43 PTS, 12 REB, 5 AST
26 PTS, 6 REB, 9 AST
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away team logo Rockets 30-22 31322834125
home team logo Jazz 30-24 2723192998
Team Stats
away team logo Rockets 30-22 113.1 PPG 41.7 RPG 21.0 APG
home team logo Jazz 30-24 110.7 PPG 46.3 RPG 25.7 APG
Key Players
J. Harden SG 36.4 PPG 6.4 RPG 7.5 APG 43.9 FG%
D. Mitchell SG 23.6 PPG 4.1 RPG 4.1 APG 43.1 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Harden SG 43 PTS 12 REB 5 AST
D. Mitchell SG 26 PTS 6 REB 9 AST
46.0 FG% 36.0
38.5 3PT FG% 26.8
81.1 FT% 69.4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Harden 43 12 5 12/22 4/12 15/15 4 39 6 4 5 0 12 +31 70
K. Faried 16 12 0 6/9 0/0 4/4 6 20 0 1 3 2 10 +5 26
J. Ennis III 10 5 0 4/8 0/2 2/2 2 30 1 0 1 2 3 +6 15
E. Gordon 9 2 1 4/12 1/4 0/2 3 29 0 0 3 0 2 +2 10
P. Tucker 2 4 1 1/6 0/3 0/0 2 31 3 1 0 1 3 +26 12
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Harden 43 12 5 12/22 4/12 15/15 4 39 6 4 5 0 12 +31 70
K. Faried 16 12 0 6/9 0/0 4/4 6 20 0 1 3 2 10 +5 26
J. Ennis III 10 5 0 4/8 0/2 2/2 2 30 1 0 1 2 3 +6 15
E. Gordon 9 2 1 4/12 1/4 0/2 3 29 0 0 3 0 2 +2 10
P. Tucker 2 4 1 1/6 0/3 0/0 2 31 3 1 0 1 3 +26 12
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
G. Green 25 4 1 7/12 7/12 4/5 1 25 0 1 1 0 4 +24 31
A. Rivers 16 4 5 4/13 3/6 5/7 5 34 2 0 0 1 3 +20 32
Nene 4 3 3 2/4 0/0 0/2 3 17 2 1 0 2 1 +10 16
G. Clark 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 +4 0
M. Chriss 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 +4 1
I. Hartenstein 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 3 7 1 0 1 0 1 +3 3
B. Knight - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Capela - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Edwards - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. House Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Paul - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 125 48 17 40/87 15/39 30/37 29 236 15 8 14 8 40 +135 216
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Mitchell 26 6 9 7/24 2/10 10/11 2 36 1 0 5 2 4 -8 46
J. Crowder 11 5 1 4/13 3/10 0/2 3 34 4 0 3 1 4 -8 19
J. Ingles 11 2 2 4/12 3/8 0/0 2 30 0 0 2 0 2 -21 15
R. Gobert 10 13 1 3/8 0/0 4/6 3 28 1 2 1 5 8 -15 27
R. Rubio 6 7 2 0/4 0/2 6/6 2 27 1 0 3 1 6 -12 15
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Mitchell 26 6 9 7/24 2/10 10/11 2 36 1 0 5 2 4 -8 46
J. Crowder 11 5 1 4/13 3/10 0/2 3 34 4 0 3 1 4 -8 19
J. Ingles 11 2 2 4/12 3/8 0/0 2 30 0 0 2 0 2 -21 15
R. Gobert 10 13 1 3/8 0/0 4/6 3 28 1 2 1 5 8 -15 27
R. Rubio 6 7 2 0/4 0/2 6/6 2 27 1 0 3 1 6 -12 15
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
R. O'Neale 10 6 1 4/9 1/4 1/2 1 23 1 1 2 2 4 -13 18
K. Korver 8 2 1 3/6 1/3 1/3 1 17 0 0 2 0 2 +3 10
G. Niang 6 6 0 2/4 1/2 1/2 2 12 0 0 1 2 4 -19 11
D. Favors 4 3 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 3 16 0 5 0 1 2 -2 12
E. Udoh 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 -10 3
T. Cavanaugh 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 -10 2
G. Allen 2 1 1 0/1 0/1 2/4 0 3 0 0 1 0 1 -10 4
N. Mitrou-Long 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 -10 2
T. Sefolosha - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Neto - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Exum - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bradley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 98 51 19 31/86 11/41 25/36 21 235 8 9 20 14 37 -135 184