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NBA: Rockets win low-scoring affair


NBA: Rockets win low-scoring affair

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – James Harden scored 19 points, and the Houston Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 69-65 last 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.

The last time a team won with 69 or fewer points was Detroit’s 64-62 victory over Utah on March 13, 2005, according to STATS. Both teams shot below 30 per cent from the field – the last time that happened was October 29, 2003, when Denver beat San Antonio 80-72.

Reggie Jackson had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Thunder. Lance Thomas also had 15 points.

Bucks 91, Heat 84

MIAMI (AP) – Brandon Knight made three three-pointers down the stretch and scored 20 points, leading Milwaukee to the road win.

Jabari Parker added 13 points for the Bucks (5-5), who started 5-21 last season. Larry Sanders, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Zaza Pachulia each scored 11.

Milwaukee beat Miami for the first time in the teams’ last ten meetings, including playoffs.

Mario Chalmers scored 18 for Miami, which were again without Dwyane Wade and lost their third straight. Shawne Williams had 13 points.

Wade missed his second straight game with a bad hamstring.

Knicks 109, Nuggets 93

NEW YORK (AP) – The Knicks held the Nuggets to one basket in the second quarter and snapped a seven-game losing streak.

With the game tied at 31 entering the period, the Knicks outscored the Nuggets 31-8. Ty Lawson’s layup at the buzzer was the lone field goal for Denver in the second.

Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith each scored 28 points for New York.

Arron Afflalo had 18 points and Lawson added 17 points and nine assists for the Nuggets, who have dropped seven of their last eight games.