Houston gets late hoop to beat Pacers 98-94
Tuesday Nov 06, 2018 12:00am
(INDIANAPOLIS) – James Harden produced his typical scoring flurry Monday night, and his teammates delivered the knockout blow with a staunch second-half defensive effort. On a night the league's reigning MVP made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 36.1 seconds left and closed it out by making four straight free throws, Harden was thrilled to see the Houston Rockets rediscover their winning combination in a 98-94 victory at Indiana. While Harden did his usual work with 28 points, six assists and five 3-pointers, the improving defense and a healthier roster has helped last season's Western Conference runner-ups punch their way out of an early-season corner. Since starting 1-5, Houston has now won three straight. Victor Oladipo finished with 28 points and made two 3s in the final minute to trim the deficit to 94-93 with 24.7 seconds to go, but the Rockets didn't give up another basket as the Pacers' three-game winning streak ended. Domantas Sabonis had 17 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Bojan Bogdanovic and Tyreke Evans each scored 11 points in the loss.