Philadelphia keep streak going, Harden ensures Houston win

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Updated: November 11, 2012

NBA Saturday night action saw San Antonio roll on to 6-1, Philadelphia moved their hot streak to 3, Harden helped the Rockets to their third win of the season, Washington remain winless after losing to Charlotte, while there were also wins for Denver and the Bulls.

Thaddeus Young netted 16 points and pulled down eight rebounds on Saturday as the Philadelphia 76ers knocked off the Toronto Raptors, 93-83, at Air Canada Centre. Nick Young put home 16 points off the bench and Jrue Holiday donated 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting to go with five assists for the Sixers, who have won three straight. Spencer Hawes added 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Dorell Wright had 15 points and six boards in the triumph.

Paul George posted 20 points and seven rebounds as Indiana took down Washington, 89-85, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Gerald Green had 15 points and eight rebounds while Lance Stephenson added 12 points and David West gave 11 for the Pacers, who snapped a three-game slide.

James Harden scored 20 points and Omer Asik added 14 points and eight rebounds, as the Houston Rockets crushed the winless Detroit Pistons, 96-82, at Toyota Center. Marcus Morris and fellow reserve Toney Douglas chipped in 12 and 11 points, respectively, for the Rockets, who snapped a three-game slide and won their first home game of the young season.

Nate Robinson poured in 18 points off the bench on Saturday, as the Chicago Bulls held off the Minnesota Timberwolves, 87-80, at United Center. Joakim Noah netted 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Luol Deng added 16 points, seven boards and four assists for the Bulls, who have won the last six meetings with Minnesota.

Paul Pierce outdueled Monta Ellis in the fourth quarter and the Boston Celtics downed the Milwaukee Bucks, 96-92, on Saturday. Pierce netted eight of his 25 points in the final frame for the Celtics, who have won three of their last four games. Kevin Garnett added 18 points and six rebounds, while Rajon Rondo tallied 10 points and 10 assists in the win.

Al Jefferson recorded a double-double with 27 points and 14 rebounds on Saturday to lead the Utah Jazz to a 94-81 victory over the Phoenix Suns at EnergySolutions Arena. Paul Millsap donated a double-double with 18 points and 13 boards, while Jamaal Tinsley handed out 14 assists without scoring a point for the Jazz, who improved to 3-0 as the hosts this season.

Manu Ginobili made the go-ahead free throws with 12.9 seconds remaining, as the San Antonio Spurs solved their problems at the Rose Garden by pulling out a 112-109 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

San Antonio trailed by as many as 14 in the third quarter before Gary Neal, playing crunch time minutes with Tony Parker out with the flu, sparked the comeback with 15 fourth-quarter points. Neal finished with a career-high 27 points, Ginobili had 17 and Tim Duncan chipped in 22 points and nine boards for the Spurs, who snapped a seven-game slide in Portland dating back to the 2007-08 campaign. Nicolas Batum matched his career high with 33 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge netted 29, but both missed from long range in the closing seconds in Portland’s third straight loss.

Danilo Gallinari started slow, but caught fire in the second half and overtime. Gallinari netted all 21 of his points over the final 34 minutes, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 35.9 seconds left in double overtime, in the Denver Nuggets’ 107-101 win over the Golden State Warriors. Gallinari went 0-for-9 from the floor in the opening half, but finished the contest 8-of-13 for Denver, which concluded the game on an 11-0 run.

It took eight-plus seasons, but the Charlotte Bobcats finally beat the Dallas Mavericks. Kemba Walker had a spectacular all-around game with 26 points, six rebounds, seven assists and eight steals in a 101-97 overtime win Saturday night at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Mavericks had won the first 16 games against the Bobcats in the regular season since the franchise expanded into the league in 2004. Until Saturday, the Bobcats had never cracked the century mark against the Mavs. That included a 126-99 score a week ago, when O.J. Mayo made seven 3- point shots and scored 30 for Dallas.

Tonight’s bi games sees the Lakers in a big Pacific fight against Sacramento. Both teams are 4-2, a win for the home team will see them off the bottom of the Division. Oklahoma are at home looking to improve their winning streak to 4 against Cleveland. Defending Champions Miami, are at Memphis looking to make it 6-1, while Orlando and Atlanta are on the road against, Brooklyn and the Clippers.