Half-century for James Harden as Houston star makes history

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That issue reared its ugly head over the weekend in Dallas, when Mavericks rookie star Luka Doncic went on a personal 11-0 run in crunch time to steal a win. He's averaging 52.1 FanDuel points through 24 games this season. Jason Kidd and Vince Carter are the most recent teammates to accomplish the feat, having done so on April 7, 2007.

"I just believe and trust in all my guys", he said.

James and Lonzo Ball put hands on their backs while guarding Harden on several situations, ironically showing the officials that they can't foul him now.

"Just trying to defend without fouling", James said, who briefly locked his hands behind his body on a Rockets possession in the third quarter. James trails Jordan by around 450 points (at the time of publishing), for fourth place, with only Kobe Bryant (3rd), Karl Malone (2nd) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1st) in front of him. The Memphis Grizzlies are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 75.5 percent from the free throw line.

SAN ANTONIO - LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points and San Antonio won its fourth straight, topping Los Angeles for its largest win of the season. The Rockets had the league's best record last season and pushed the Golden State Warriors all the way, losing in seven games to the eventual National Basketball Association champions in the Western Conference Finals.

Coach Luke Walton admitted frustration may have gotten the best of his team.

The Lakers started off their four-game road trip in frustrating and losing fashion on Thursday at Houston.

The number four (Pacers) and three (76ers) teams in the Eastern Conference match up on Friday in Philadelphia.

So while applause is in order for a turnaround from what the Lakers' record was just a year ago at this time, there is much room for improvement.

One of the Rockets' problems this season has been fizzling down the stretch of close games. Then they could be feeling good about their Christmas Day matchup against the Warriors.

"Against a young team like that on the road, they are looking for something to let them back in the game and we just let them back in". It was to test the mettle of this team.

While this could be a joke by Harden, he needs to be careful going after James.