CLEVELAND - James Harden scored 29 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter, and the Houston Rockets defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 112-104 on Saturday night.
Jeremy Lin added 20 points for Houston, which has won 11 of its last 14.
Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 30 points, including 11 in the final period, but the Cavaliers fell short of winning two in a row for the second time this season.
Harden, who had four points in the first half, made 6 of 17 field-goal attempts, but was 14 of 15 at the line and had a career-high seven steals. He came into the game averaging 26.3 points and has topped the 20-point mark in each of his last 16 games.
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Nick Gilbert and the Cleveland Cavaliers have beaten the NBA lottery odds again.
Almost 10 years to the day after the Cavs won the NBA Draft Lottery and selected LeBron James, the team looks to land the No. 1 again in New York, where history has shown the most lottery balls rarely equals lottery success.