Rockets surprise Cavaliers in overtime

James Harden AFP PHOTO

James Harden AFP PHOTO

HOUSTON: James Harden finished with 33 points, eight rebounds and five assists as the Houston Rockets edged the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-103 in overtime on Sunday.

Terrence Jones tallied 19 points with seven rebounds and Donatas Motiejunas scored 16 points for the Rockets, who won all their five-game homestand NBA contests.

LeBron James struggled at times, missing two free throws that cost Cleveland the game late in overtime. He finished with a game-high 37 points despite shooting 15-of-35 from the floor and three-of-11 from beyond the arc.

Kevin Love had 21 points and Tristan Thompson recorded 14 points with a season-high 19 rebounds for Cleveland.

Patrick Beverley drained a three-pointer before Josh Smith made two free throws to give the Rockets a 104-100 lead with 2:21 left in overtime.

James hit a wide open three pointer with under a minute left, then he squandered an opportunity to win the game late.

James was fouled by Smith with four seconds left, but the four-time MVP missed both free throws and Harden made a free throw at the other end with under a second on the clock to close out the scoring.

“I didn’t come through for my teammates tonight,” James said. “The guys put us in position to win the game and I didn’t come through for them.”



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