Minnesota scored the first bucket of the second half thanks to Jeff Teague's layup, but Clint Capela's dunk and Harden's triple made it a four-point game, and after Andrew Wiggins split a pair of free throws to make it 62-59 Rockets, the Rockets went on an 11-4 run to build their lead to double-digits, and built their advantage to as big as 17 before the quarter ended with the Rockets leading 88-75.
508 Free-throw attempts this season for Houston star James Harden, far and away the most in the National Basketball Association, after he went 10-for-12 Friday. Backup forward Domantas Sabonis led IN with 21 points and 13 rebounds.
Trevor Ariza scored 11 points for Houston in his first action after missing nine games with a left hamstring strain. Tobias Harris added 30 points and 12 rebounds in L.A.'s eighth victory in 11 games.
It all started during the All-Star Game last Sunday when Butler opted to rest instead of logging any playing time, saying simply that he was tired and that he didn't have his legs under him.
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Frank Kaminsky scored a season-high 25 points and the Hornets improved to 3-0 against the Wizards this season by taking a 122-105 decision at Washington. Boston took control by outscoring the Pistons 38-21 in the second quarter. Towns and fellow 7-footer Cole Aldrich served as human crutches in escorting Butler to the locker room. Blake Griffin scored 17 points for Detroit but shot just 5-for-19 from the field. PACERS 116, HAWKS 93 Thaddeus Young scored 16 of his 20 points in the first half, and in never trailed in a runaway victory.
The 11th-year pro had 10 points by the end of the opening quarter and the Pacers led by 17 by halftime.
The Hawks (18-42), who have the NBA's worst record, are 5-25 on the road and have dropped three in a row overall.
The Lakers were 124-102 winners over the Mavericks behind Julius Randle's 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.