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Harden scores 44 to lead Rockets over Kings in OT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — James Harden scored 44 points, including 10 in overtime, and also had eight assists to lead the Houston Rockets over the Sacramento Kings 113-109 on Thursday night.

Harden, the NBA’s leading scorer, tied the game with a 3-pointer and then opened the extra period with seven unanswered points. The win was the fifth in six games for the Rockets, who are 9-3 on the road.

Trevor Ariza scored 15 and Patrick Beverly had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets. Donatas Motiejunas added 14 points and Jason Terry 13.

Darren Collison scored 24 points and Ben McLemore added 21 for the Kings, who dropped their second straight and seventh in nine games. Derrick Williams scored 13 and Jason Thompson had 13 points and 15 rebounds.

The Kings committed 22 turnovers that led to 27 Houston points.

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