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James Harden leads Rockets past Bulls, 121-105

The Houston Rockets got another All-Star performance from their reigning MVP on Saturday night. James Harden knocked down six three-pointers as part of his high-scoring night in Houston to defeat the Chicago Bulls.

As ESPN reported, Harden finished the game with 30 points, seven assists, and six rebounds in the 121-105 victory at the Toyota Center. His teammate Clint Cappella also delivered yet another double-double, scoring 18 points and grabbing 15 rebounds for the team. Chris Paul also achieved double-double status in the win, as he dished out 13 assists to go with his 12 points.

The Rockets were a blazing hot 50 percent in field goal shooting and 39 percent from downtown. They also outrebounded the Bulls 47-41 in the victory.

In the game prior to that, Harden and Capela combined for 50 points to defeat San Antonio, snapping a four-game losing streak. Now they’ve started a win streak, with two-straight, pleasing the Houston fans.

For the Bulls, it translated to their 10th loss over the past 11 games. They had a team-high 29 points from Zach LaVine but in the losing effort. Jabari Parker was 8-of-15 and chipped in 21 points to go with 12 rebounds in the loss. The game also marked the return of big man Lauri Markkanen who made his season debut. He finished with 10 points off the bench along with four rebounds, a steal, and a block.

Harden currently leads the league in scoring with 30.6 points per game, just barely edging Kevin Durant (30 ppg). LaVine sits at No. 10 with an average of 25 points per game, after being among the top three scorers in the league weeks ago.

The Chicago Bulls now drop to 5-19 for their latest NBA season. They’re also just 2-10 when playing on the road. They’ll visit the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday (Dec. 4) for a game taking place at 6 p.m. Central Time (7 p.m. ET).

For the Houston Rockets, this win got them back to .500 and within the mix for the top eight teams in the Western Conference. Harden and the Rockets are now 11-11 overall and 5-5 at home. They’ll take on the Timberwolves in Minnesota on Monday night with game time set for 7 p.m. Central Time (8 p.m. Eastern Time).