James Harden has scored 49 points on a whopping 41 shots from the field as Houston Rockets made it seven NBA wins in a row with a 125-105 at Minnesota Timberwolves.
With Russell Westbrook resting and a number of other key personnel out injured, the Rockets needed Harden to shoulder an even bigger scoring load than usual.
And he obliged by attempting the most shots in his career and the most in the NBA this season, surpassing the 37 of Golden State’s D’Angelo Russell against the Wolves in the same building.
Harden made 16 of the 41 shots, going eight for 22 from 3-point range. He was 9 of 11 on free throws.
Ben McLemore scored 20 points while undrafted rookie Chris Clemons and Austin Rivers both chalked up 19.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 points and 15 rebounds for Minnesota (7-6).
League MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo had 26 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in Milwaukee Bucks 102-83 rout of Indiana Pacers, who were forced into their worst shooting performance of the season.
Brook Lopez added 15 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots for the 9-3 Bucks as the Pacers shot a season-low 32 per cent from the field against the
Kendrick Nunn scored 22 points to lead Miami Heat to a 109-94 win over New Orleans Pelicans to remained unbeaten at home.
Bam Adebayo had 18 points and 14 rebounds while Jimmy Butler added 16 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds as Miami improved to 5-0 at home and 9-3 overall – equalling their best 12-game start in team history.
Luka Doncic had 26 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists in Dallas Mavericks 110-102 win over NBA champions Toronto Raptors.
CJ McCollum scored 32 points as Portland Trail Blazers saw off San Antonio Spurs 121-116 to spoil Tim Duncan’s first shot at coaching after Gregg Popovich’s ejection early in the third quarter.
Spencer Dinwiddie top scored with 24 points as Brooklyn Nets accounted for Chicago Bulls 117-111 without All-Star guard Kyrie Irving (shoulder) to snap a three-game losing streak.
Meanwhile, Devonte’ Graham made his ninth 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds remaining to end the game with 29 points as Charlotte Hornets edged New York Knicks 103-102.