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James Harden closes in on triple-double history, but Rockets drop ugly one to Heat

James Harden registered his 13th triple-double of the season with 40 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists against the Heat Tuesday, but it wasn’t pretty and certainly not the outcome the Rockets sought against the second-worst team in the NBA.

Harden shot 12 for 30 from the field — including 4 of 15 beyond the arc — turned the ball over six times and played dismal defense down the stretch as the Heat (12-30) went on a 20-5 run to end the game for a 109-103 upset over the Rockets (32-12).

Despite 18 missed shots, Harden’s fourth 40-point triple-double this season has him approaching some elite company. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Harden is one 40-point triple-double shy of tying an NBA record set by Oscar Robertson (1963-64 Royals).

Cleveland (28-10) is still on top of the Eastern Conference by three games over the Raptors, but their play of late is cause for concern.

In January, the defending champions are averaging more turnovers (15.7) than assists (15.3) per game.

“We can’t continue to have more turnovers than assists,” James said. “We never win those games.”

Wizards star John Wall shows off his incredible speed before sending it to Markieff Morris for the dunk.

Knicks guard Brandon Jennings toys with Serge Ibaka and banks in a first-quarter Raiders Cheap Jerseys buzzer-beater. But the Bulls first pulled back the reins on a sweeping rebuild and a Butler trade, then Texas Rangers Cheap Jerseys quickly reversed course altogether. They surprised many around the league by signing Rondo, a known tester of coaching patience, then pulled another shocker by signing Dwyane Wade away from Miami.

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