CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Houston Rockets got 30 points on an off shooting night from superstar James Harden to hold off the Charlotte Hornets, 118-113, Wednesday at Spectrum Center.
Hornets guard Kemba Walker finished with 35 points, but missed two 3-pointers in the final minute. The Hornets dropped their third in a row, falling to 28-33.
Rockets center Clint Capela had his best game back from a right thumb injury, finishing with 23 points and 17 rebounds.
Jeremy Lamb had his strongest game since going to the Hornets’ second unit, finishing with 18 points, 14 rebounds and six assists.
Harden shot just 1 of 11 from the 3-point line, but he was 9 of 9 at the foul line, including two key possessions when he hit four free throws late.
THREE WHO MATTERED
— Walker: His first half was up there with some of his best career performances.
— Nic Batum: Registered his fourth consecutive double-figure scoring game and strong defense on Harden. He finished with 17 points, six assists and six rebounds.
— Capela: Excellent work from the Rockets center returning from a long injury.