James Harden scored 29 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter, and the Houston Rockets defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 112-104 on Saturday night.
Jeremy Lin added 20 points for Houston, which has won 11 of 14.
Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 30 points, including 11 in the final period, but the Cavaliers fell short of winning two in a row for the second time this season.
Harden, who had four points in the first half, made 6 of 17 field-goal attempts, but was 14 of 15 at the line and had a career-high seven steals. He came into the game averaging 26.3 points and has topped the 20-point mark in each of his last 16 games.
Harden scored seven straight points for Houston during one key stretch in the final period. He made a foul shot and converted a three-point play to help Houston build a 91-86 lead. Then he made a 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down, making it 94-88 with 5:52 remaining. Harden lost control of his dribble at the top of the key, hurriedly retrieved the bal...