Harden leads sizzling Nets past Pacers

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    AERIAL BATTLE: Nets star James Harden shoots over Pacers center Myles Turner in second half play.

    JAMES Harden totaled 40 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds as the Brooklyn Nets rallied in the fourth quarter and continued their surge with a 124-115 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night (Thursday in Manila) in Indianapolis.

    Brooklyn won its sixth straight game, extended its franchise-record road winning streak to eight games and beat Indiana for the second time in its 14-1 tear since Feb. 9. The Nets overcame a 16-point, second-quarter deficit and chipped away at it before surging ahead in the final 12 minutes.

    Harden produced his first 40-point game with the Nets and his 11th triple-double – one shy of Jason Kidd’s single-season franchise record (2006-07). Joe Harris added 19 for the Nets, who sat Kyrie Irving (groin) for precautionary reasons.

    Malcolm Brogdon scored 24 points for the Pacers, who lost for the seventh time in nine games and dropped their sixth straight home game. Caris LeVert added 19 in his home debut while Domantas Sabonis totaled 18, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his 10th career triple-double.

    In other games, it was the Bucks 109, Sixers 105 (OT); Nuggets 129, Hornets 104; Grizzlies 89, Heat 85; Mavs 105, Clippers 89; Cavs 117, Celtics 110; Kings 121, Wizards 119; Warriors 108, Rockets 94; Pistons 116, Raptors 112; and Spurs 106, Bulls 99.

    Bucks 109, Sixers 105 (OT)

    Giannis Antetokounmpo had 32 points, 15 rebounds and five assists and Milwaukee rallied from a 19-point deficit to defeat host Philadelphia and win its fifth game in a row.

    Antetokounmpo scored 10 points in overtime, including a personal 7-0 run to seal the win.

    Donte DiVincenzo added 20 points and eight rebounds while Jrue Holiday scored 19 points for the Bucks.

    Tobias Harris led the Sixers with 19 points and nine rebounds, and Danny Green hit six 3-pointers for 18. Dwight Howard had 13 points and 15 rebounds, and Ben Simmons had 13 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. The Sixers, who fell to 4-6 without injured All-Star Joel Embiid, had their six-game winning streak snapped.

    Nuggets 129, Hornets 104

    Michael Porter Jr. produced 28 points and 13 rebounds, Nikola Jokic finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, and host Denver dispatched Charlotte to earn its seventh win in eight games.

    Denver’s Will Barton scored 23 points, and Jamal Murray had 19.

    Terry Rozier led Charlotte with 21 points and Malik Monk added 16, all in the fourth quarter when the game was out of reach. LaMelo Ball contributed 14 points for the Hornets, whose four-game winning streak ended.