James Harden sparks early surge, Rockets hit 20 triples in big win over Nets
Houston guard James Harden shoots 8 for 13 from the 3-point line as the Rockets go 20 for 50. AP

HOUSTON — James Harden scored 20 of his 37 points in the first quarter to lead the Houston Rockets to a 117-103 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night (Tuesday, Manila time).

Harden added 10 rebounds and eight assists to guide the Rockets to their fifth straight win. When he took a break with 1:28 remaining in the first quarter, he was outscoring the Nets 20-17 by himself, not to mention four assists at that point. He was 5-for-5 from 3-point range in the first quarter and finished 8-for-13.

Clint Capela added 20 points for Houston, and Chris Paul had a season-high 14 assists on his bobblehead night.

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