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LOS ANGELES: James Harden missed the 10 points he scored, ending his 32-game series with at least 30 points as the Houston Rockets defeated the Atlanta Hawks 119-111 on Monday (25 February).

Harden finished with 28 points after missing Saturday's win against the Golden State Warriors due to a neck injury. Earlier Monday, he had declared at the training that he was still bothered by the problem of the neck.

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His series of games with 30 points or more is the second longest in the history of the league behind a 65-match Wilt Chamberlain series.

Harden reached 28 points with 23 seconds left in the fourth. He even had the ball near the half-court in the last game of the match, but unlike previous games in the series, he did not try to consolidate his points total.

Harden finished 29 of Dec. 30 against Portland Trail Blazers. In the series, he scored 50 points or more four times, including a career-high 61 in a win against the New York Knicks on Jan. 23. .

Harden said that he had no mistaken idea about capturing Chamberlain.

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"It was cool but I knew I was not going to reach No. 1," Harden said.

Harden, who was fined $ 25,000 on Saturday for criticizing the referees after a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, has missed just four games this season.

"Eventually, it will have to end one of these days," said coach Mike D & # 39; Antoni. "He's amazing, he's going to start another one."

Chris Paul added 20 points and Eric Gordon scored four points with three points for 16 points.

The Rockets had to defeat Trae Young, the Hawks' rookie, who had 36 points, an eight-time high at the top of his career.

Elsewhere, Mike Conley made some free throws at the last minute and scored 30 points as the Memphis Grizzlies added to the Lakers' troubles this season with a 110-105 victory.

LeBron James had a triple double and made history despite firing only eight out of 23 times.

James, who had 24 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, became the first player in the NBA to rank in the top 10 list of aids and scores in the NBA.

Already ranked fifth in all-time points for Monday's game against the Grizzlies, the superstar has entered a separate category with a career-high 8,525 assists to outperform Andrew Miller to the number 10 assists in assists. all time.

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James' assistant was decisive in the first quarter when he fed Kyle Kuzma for a dubbing that would give the Lakers a 15-14 lead.

Brandon Ingram led the Lakers with 32 points and Kuzma finished with 22 while Los Angeles lost their fourth game in the last five games and fell to 29-31.

James seems to be frustrated with the loss and spoke of the Lakers' lack of concentration after the match.

"If you always allow distractions to affect the way you play, it's a bad franchise and you should not enter like:" Listen, I can not do that, "he said. says without naming names.

In addition, Klay Thompson scored 26 points and DeMarcus Cousins, 24, while the two-time defending champion, Golden State, defeated the Charlotte Hornets 121-110 despite a night off from Stephen Curry.

Kevin Durant delivered 20 points and seven rebounds to the Warriors, who took a one and a half game lead over the Denver Nuggets for first place in the Western Conference.

Golden State dropped out of its previous game in Houston on Saturday, but Monday's win means they have not lost consecutive games since Dec. 27.

Curry posted a poor performance when returning to his hometown, finishing with 16 points on just 14 shots over a three-point distance.

Cody Zeller finished with 28 points, the highest of his career, at the helm of the Hornets, who lost two consecutive games.

Charlotte rebounded after a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter to reduce the Warriors' lead to just seven minutes with 3:24 left.

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