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  • Associated Press Cleveland's LeBron James dunks in front of Houston's Ryan Anderson. James scored 33 points during the Cavs' loss in Houston.

Friday, November 10, 2017 1:00 am

Houston 117 Cleveland 113

Harden's triple-double sinks Cavs

Rockets' streak at 4; James scores 33 in loss

KRISTIE RIEKEN | Associated Press

HOUSTON – James Harden had a triple-double of 35 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists to help the Houston Rockets beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-113 on Thursday night.

Harden also had five steals and a block as Houston extended its winning streak to four games.

LeBron James had 33 points for the Cavaliers, and Jeff Green added 27.

Houston led by seven after a layup by James with about 10 minutes left.

The Rockets scored the next six points, capped by a 3-pointer by P.J. Tucker to make it 111-98. The Cavaliers used a 13-1 run, with five points from James, to cut the lead to 112-111 with 90 seconds left.

Harden missed a layup after that, but grabbed a rebound and threw an alley-oop to Clint Capela, who finished for Houston's first basket since Tucker's 3. He was fouled on the play and made the free throw to make it 115-11 with just over a minute remaining.

James made a layup on the other end, but Capela made another basket after a grabbing the rebound on a miss by Harden to put Houston back up by 4 with 10.7 seconds left.

Capela, who finished with 19 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks, blocked a shot by James in the final seconds to secure the win.

Harden has scored 30 or more points in three of the last four games, highlighted by a 56-point performance in a win over the Utah Jazz on Sunday. It's the second triple-double of the season for Harden and the 33rd of his career.

The Rockets made the first seven points of the second half thanks to a three-pointer by Eric Gordon and a four-point play by Trevor Ariza to take a 72-67 lead.

Cleveland got going soon after that and a layup by Iman Shumpert got the Cavaliers within 1 point soon after that. But Harden made two 3-pointers to power an 8-2 run that extended Houston's lead to 81-74 lead with about 71/2 minutes left in the quarter.

The Cavaliers scored five quick points, capped by a 3-pointer by Green, to tie it at 87-87 about three minutes later.

A 3-point play by Gordon put Houston back on top and the Rockets had extended their lead to 100-93 entering the fourth quarter.

The Rockets led by as many as 18 in the first half, but the Cavaliers made a big run in the second quarter to take the lead.

Harden made a pair of free throws in the final seconds of the half cut Cleveland's lead to 67-65 at halftime.