JAMES Harden scored 51 points and had 13 rebounds and 13 assists to lead the Houston Rockets to a 123-118 victory over Joel Embiid and the 76ers on Friday in Philadelphia (Saturday, Manila time).
Harden has scored at least 30 points and 10 assists in 18 games this season.
The NBA's third-leading scorer entering the game, Harden finished two points short of his career high.
Harden was 16 for 28 from the field, including 6 for 11 from 3-point range, and made 13 of 14 free throws.
Harden scored 19 points in the third quarter. Nene added 21 points to help the Rockets snap a two-game skid and win for just the fourth time in 10 games.
Embiid had 32 points and seven rebounds in his return to the lineup after missing the last two games with a knee contusion.