Clippers overcome 50-point Harden
James Harden has scored 50 plus points in back-to-back games, but again it wasn't enough on Friday as the LA Clippers defeated Houston 128-118 at the Toyota Center.
Harden is the first player since Kobe Bryant to scored 50 plus points in back-to-back games since 2007 when the Lakers star did in four games in a row.
Houston's go to option finished with 51 points while passing out eight assists and grabbing four rebounds for the contest.
After not losing for over a month the Rockets are now on a two-game losing streak, falling to both of the struggling Los Angeles squads.
That has been enough to drop Houston into second place in the Western Conference, with the Golden State Warriors passing them for the top overall record in the NBA.
The Rockets currently have a record of 25-6 and are only half a game behind the Warriors.
Leading the way for the Clippers was Austin Rivers, as the 25-year old point guard out of Santa Monica, Southern California scored a career high 36 points while dishing out seven assists and grabbing two rebounds for the game.
Rivers scored 30 of his team high 36 points in the second half with the Clippers scoring 41 points in the fourth quarter alone.
Los Angeles will stay on the road as they head to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies on Saturday.
Meanwhile the Rockets have a short way to travel as they now square off against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Christmas Day.
Houston are 2.45 to win the Western Conference this season and 3.75 to land NBA Finals glory.
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