Monday 06 July 2020
News ID: 72549
Publish Date: 10 November 2019 - 22:33
CHICAGO (AP) - For James Harden, a missed shot simply means the odds of him making the next one improve.
That attitude served the All-Star guard well Saturday night as he rebounded from a slow start to put up big numbers again.
Harden narrowly missed his first triple-double of the season, finishing with 42 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists as the Houston Rockets pulled away in the second half and beat the Chicago Bulls 117-94.
After going 2 for 7 (including 1 for 5 on 3-pointers) in the first quarter, he went 10 for 20 the rest of the game, including 8 for 14 on 3's.
''That's the confidence I have,'' he said. ''That's the confidence that I've built off of the work I put in. It's more of a mindset.''
Harden, the NBA's leading scorer, entered the game averaging 36.5 points on 38.7% shooting, including 27% on 3-pointers.
''I feel like a broken record sometimes, but he's a master of getting what he wants,'' Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said of Harden. ''I think sometimes he might get bored in the game and tries different stuff.''
Russell Westbrook scored 26 points as the Rockets won their third straight.
Wendell Carter Jr. had 13 points and 16 rebounds for Chicago, which has dropped six of eight.
The Bulls were a woeful 4-for-32 shooting from 3-point range.
''I know how well we can shoot and tonight we just didn't make them,'' Chicago forward Lauri Markkanen said.
Chicago led 27-20 after one quarter behind eight points from Markkanen and eight Houston turnovers.
The Bulls led by nine points (31-22) early in the second before the Rockets used a 24-7 run to take control and open a 46-38 lead with four minutes left in the first half. Harden had nine points during the run.
Chicago closed within 50-49 at halftime on a 3-pointer by Zach LaVine. That was the Bulls second make in 17 first-half attempts from long range. Houston quickly reclaimed control with a 30-9 run in the opening 9:41 of the third, taking an 80-58 advantage.
The Rockets had an 86-67 lead entering the fourth, helped by 7-for-14 shooting from 3-pointers range in the third. Harden led the way with 11 points in the quarter.
The Bulls couldn't get closer than 14 points in the fourth quarter.
Harden, who has 35 regular-season triple-doubles in his career, had several minutes of garbage time in the fourth quarter to get additional assists, but was unsuccessful before leaving with a little more than three minutes remaining.

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