(Houston, TX) — James Harden had 40 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds as the Rockets rallied from an early 15-point deficit to top the Hornets 125-110 in Houston. Danuel House Jr. meshed 22 points, while P.J. Tucker had 13 points and 10 boards for Houston, which won its third in a row. The Rockets played without Russell Westbrook, who has a thumb injury. The Rockets will play tomorrow night at the Clippers and Friday at the Suns.
Milwaukee Bucks 120, New Orleans Pelicans 108
Houston Rockets 125, Charlotte Hornets 110
Denver Nuggets 127, Portland Trail Blazers 99
Los Angeles Lakers 129, San Antonio Spurs 102
Report: Rockets Trade Capela, Acquire Covington, Bell
(Undated) — Multiple outlets report the Rockets have dealt Clint Capela to the Hawks in a four-team, 12-player blockbuster. The Rockets acquired forward Robert Covington and center Jordan Bell from the Timberwolves. Capela was averaging 13.9 points and 13.8 rebounds for Houston, but has been sidelined recently with a heel injury. The Rockets also included Gerald Green and a first-round pick to the Nuggets as part of the trade. Houston also moved Nene in the trade.
Mavericks Home Tonight Against Grizzlies
(Dallas, TX) — The Mavs will try to extend their winning streak to three straight when they host the Grizzlies tonight. Dallas guards J.J. Barea and Seth Curry are listed as questionable with injuries. Dallas won 112-103 Monday at Indiana with Kristaps Porzingis scoring 38 points and grabbing a dozen rebounds.
Islanders Edge By Stars In OT
(Brooklyn, NY) — Anthony Beauvillier scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, as the Islanders rallied to beat the Stars 4-3 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. John Klingberg, Denis Gurianov and Jason Dickinson lit the lamp for Dallas. Ben Bishop had 37 saves for the Stars, who went 2-0-and-1 on its trip. The Stars return home Friday to face the Minnesota Wild.
Columbus Blue Jackets 1, Florida Panthers 0 (OT)
Boston Bruins 4, Vancouver Canucks 0
Montreal Canadiens 5, New Jersey Devils 4 (SO)
Colorado Avalanche 6, Buffalo Sabres 1
Washington Capitals 4, Los Angeles Kings 2
New York Islanders 4, Dallas Stars 3 (OT)
Tampa Bay Lightning 4, Vegas Golden Knights 2
Anaheim Ducks 3, Ottawa Senators 2 (SO)
Nashville Predators 2, Winnipeg Jets 1 (OT)
Minnesota Wild 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2 (OT)
St. Louis Blues 6, Carolina Hurricanes 3
Arizona Coyotes 3, Edmonton Oilers 0
San Jose Sharks 3, Calgary Flames 1
Astros Introduce Click As GM
(Houston, TX) — New Astros general manager James Click acknowledged he has “a lot of catching up to do” at his introductory media conference. The Astros open spring training next week in West Palm Beach, Florida. Click, who was in the Rays’ front office, replaces Jeff Luhnow, who was dismissed after the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal. “I wasn’t here for that,” Click said. “We’re focused on the future.”
Top-25 College Basketball (Coaches’ Poll)
#7 Duke Blue Devils 63, Boston College Eagles 55
#9 Maryland Terrapins 56, Rutgers Scarlet Knights 51
#10 Auburn Tigers 79, Arkansas Razorbacks 76 (OT)
#20 Penn State Nittany Lions 75, #14 Michigan State Spartans 70
#16 Kentucky Wildcats 80, Mississippi State Bulldogs 72
Number-One Baylor Will Host Oklahoma State Next
(Waco, TX) — Number-one Baylor will seek its 20th consecutive victory on Saturday when it hosts Oklahoma State in a Big 12 game. The Bears’ lone loss was by three points to Washington on November 8th against Washington In Alaska. Baylor is 20-and-1 and 9-and-0 in the conference.
College Basketball Roundup
(Undated) — In other college basketball, Texas Tech defeated Oklahoma 69-61 in Lubbock, Texas A&M smoked Missouri 68-51 at home. The Aggies improved to 11-and-10 and 5-and-4 in the SEC. Josh Nebo led A&M with a game-high 18 points. Tonight, TCU will play at Oklahoma State. Tomorrow, West Texas A&M Buffs and Lady Buffs will be at Lubbock Christian. North Texas will be at Middle Tennessee in a Conference USA game, while Texas-Arlington plays at Appalachian State.