Harden leads Rockets past Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — James Harden scored 19 points, and the Houston Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 69-65 on Sunday night for their third consecutive victory.

Dwight Howard had 12 points and nine rebounds for Houston, and Patrick Beverley added 12 points and eight boards.

Both teams shot below 30 percent from the field.

With the score tied at 65, Harden hit a 3-pointer with Jeremy Lamb in his face with 1:19 to play. With Rockets still leading 68-65, Harden missed another contested 3 against Lamb, giving the Thunder a chance to tie.

Oklahoma City’s Reggie Jackson missed a deep 3-pointer, and Harden made one of two free throws with 4.7 seconds left to put the game away.

Jackson had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Thunder.