The Houston Rockets continued their unbeaten start to the year at home on Thursday, overcoming the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-101, while the Milwaukee Bucks won in London.
The Houston Rockets continued their unbeaten start of the year at home on Thursday, overcoming the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-101, while the Milwaukee Bucks won in London.
James Harden (31 points, 10 assists) led the way for the Rockets, who have won all three home games in 2015, while the Thunder suffered their third defeat in four matches.
Houston dominated the visitors in the first quarter, scoring 40 points to 18, and while the Thunder reduced the Rockets' lead to 11 points at half-time, the home team kept it tight in the second half to secure victory.
Up against his former team, Harden shone, sinking six of eight shots from three-point range, while he also pulled down nine rebounds.
Trevor Ariza (17 points) provided handy support for Houston, while Kevin Durant (24 points, 10 rebounds) notched a double-double for Oklahoma City.
The Rockets (28 wins, 12 losses) sit fourth in the NBA's Western Conference, while the Thunder (18-20) are 11th in the standings.
In Los Angeles, the Cleveland Cavaliers ended a six-game losing streak with a 109-102 triumph over the home-town Lakers.
The Cavs had not won since their opening game of 2015 but LeBron James produced 36 points in Cleveland's breakthrough success.
The Bucks put on a show in London, part of the NBA's Global Games series, cruising past the woeful New York Knicks 95-79.
The Knicks lost their 16th straight match, as Carmelo Anthony made his return from injury with 25 points, with O.J. Mayo scoring 22 for Milwaukee.