While that matchup was spectacular – LeBron had 33 points and Harden had a 35-point triple-double in a 117-113 Houston win – the man of the evening might have been Rockets center Clint Capela.
Houston led 111-98 after a 3-pointer by P.J. Tucker, but the Cavaliers used a 13-1 run to make it 112-111 with 1:30 left.
James scored 33 points and made seven assists but committed nine turnovers. Houston grabbed 17 offensive rebounds and Cleveland only grabbed four.
Zach Randolph scored a game-high 20 points for Sacramento, and rookie Justin Jackson added 19.
numberFire’s models projected Love to score 35.8 FanDuel points on Thursday, but he finished short of that with 29.2.
When James was able to return to the court after taking a nasty spill during Wednesday’s game against the Houston Rockets, however, Bayless couldn’t help but sing the four-time NBA MVP’s praises. Assists and steals have only been official statistics since the 1983-4 season, but going back that far adds just two more players that have accomplished the feat: Terry Cummings of the Milwaukee Bucks in January 1987 and Micheal Ray Richardson of the Nets in October of 1985. DeMarcus Cousins added 20 points and 15 rebounds, and Anthony Davis had 18 points for New Orleans. His final 3 of the game with 3:21 remaining put Toronto ahead for good, 109-107.
BUCKS: Coach Jason Kidd was fined $15,000 by the National Basketball Association for public criticism of the officiating after a 124-119 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday night.