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Pistons bounce back,
Harden fuels Rockets win


Andre Drummond scored a season-high 27 points as the Detroit Pistons rebounded yesterday from a crushing defeat with a 129-103 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

The Pistons were coming off a devastating loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday in which Detroit surrendered a 23-point third-quarter lead.

There was no sign of a late-game let-down yesterday as the Pistons turned a 14-point lead going into the fourth quarter into a 26--point win.

They never trailed in the second half, leading by as many as 29 points.

Drummond's sparkling effort included 12 rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots.

Stanley Johnson scored 21 points and Blake Griffin added 17.

The Pistons reserves, out-scored 80-17 in the loss to the Clippers, came through with 60 points against the Nuggets, Detroit's bench players expanding the lead to start both the second and fourth quarters.

Meanwhile, NBA Most Valuable Player James Harden scored 14 of his 44 points in the fourth quarter -- notching his 20th 40-point game of the season in the Houston Rockets' 118-110 victory over the lowly Phoenix Suns.

Harden, who pulled down eight rebounds and handed out six assists, extended his streak of games with 30 or more points to 27.

The Suns, who dropped their 11th straight, trailed by as many as 20 in the third quarter but cut the deficit to single digits in the fourth.

Harden produced 11 points in a four-minute span -- including a 31-foot three-pointer that pushed the Rockets lead to 15 points with 3:06 remaining -- as Houston sealed the win.

The Milwaukee Bucks pushed their league-leading record to 39-13 with a 113-94 victory over the Nets in Brooklyn.

Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points, pulled down 15 rebounds and handed out nine assists for Milwaukee, who won their fourth straight.*AFP


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