Harden carries Rockets past LeBron-less Lakers – Reuters

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Aug 6, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; The Los Angeles Lakers kneel during the national anthem before an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets at The Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

James Harden paired 39 points with 12 assists and the Houston Rockets claimed the season series against the Los Angeles Lakers with a 113-97 win on Thursday in The Arena at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando.

Harden added eight rebounds and three steals to his ledger in carrying the load with All-Star Russell Westbrook (right quad contusion) sidelined. Ben McLemore (20 points) and Jeff Green (15 points) helped with a combined 8-for-20 3-point shooting. Houston (43-25) hit 21 of 57 3s.

The Lakers (51-17) played without LeBron James (sore right groin) and continued their offensive struggles. Anth

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