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    Harden's 49, Covington's last-gasp tip-in lead Rockets past Mavs in OT

    Aug 1, 2020

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida — James Harden scored 49 points and the Houston Rockets outlasted the Dallas Mavericks 153-149 in overtime on Friday night (Saturday, Manila time) in their first game in the NBA bubble.

    Harden made 1 of 2 free throws before Trey Burke made a 3-pointer to get the Mavericks within 3 with about 15 seconds left in OT. Harden made 1 of 2 free throws after that, Burke missed a 3, and Harden got the rebound to secure the victory.

    Dallas led by 3 before Harden made the first of two free throws, and Robert Covington tipped in a miss on the second to tie it with 3.3 seconds remaining in regulation. Luka Doncic missed a shot at the buzzer to send it to overtime.

    Kristaps Porzingis had 39 points and 16 rebounds for Dallas, and Doncic had a triple-double with 28 points 13 rebounds and 10 assists.

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    Porzingis put the Mavericks up four early in overtime. Houston scored the next eight points, with the last five from Harden, to take a 147-143 lead.

    Porzingis had a three-point play, but Robert Covington added a 3-pointer after missing his first eight to extend Houston’s lead to four.

    Harden, who had 23 points in the first quarter, passed Calvin Murphy to become the second-leading scorer in franchise history behind Hakeem Olajuwon.

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    Harden made two free throws with a minute left in the fourth to cut the lead to four, but but Maxi Kleber made a 3-pointer on the other end to extend the lead to 138-131.

    Harden cut the lead again seconds later with a 3-pointer with 40 seconds to go.

    Covington got the Rockets within 2 points with two free throws. The Rockets were forced to foul, and Seth Curry made 1 of 2 free throws to leave Dallas up 139-136 with 5.2 seconds to go.

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      The Rockets went on a 7-0 run, with four points from Westbrook, to trim the deficit late in the third quarter. But Dallas wrapped up the third with a 6-2 run to lead 119-108 entering the fourth quarter.

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      Rockets: G Eric Gordon sat out with a sprained left ankle and is expected to be out for about 10 days. ... McLemore fouled out with about 10 minutes left.

      Mavericks: Burke scored 31 points off the bench and made eight of 10 3-pointers. ... Dorian Finney-Smith fouled out late in the fourth quarter.

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