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James Harden finished with 50 points to help propel the Houston Rockets to a 126-111 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Harden, the reigning NBA Most Valuable player, added 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his second triple-double of the season and his second 50-point game of what has been a frustrating campaign for the Rockets so far.

It was the third game in a row that the Spurs held their opponents to less than 100 points, and also marked a fourth straight win at home.

Unexpectedly, in spite of LeBron's obvious impact, the Rockets are now ranked far below the Los Angeles Lakers (whom many predicted would not even make the playoffs).

James Harden didn't waste time making a highlight reel-worthy play on Thursday night, as he blew by Lonzo Ball on the perimeter and then threw down a nasty dunk on JaVale McGee less than three minutes into the match-up between the Rockets and Lakers.

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Kuzma scored 24 points and handed out five assists to complement another strong performance from LeBron James, who tallied 29 points on 12-of-18 shooting. Either that, or Harden chose to have some fun at James' expense prior to Thursday's game.

Harden recorded a 50-point triple-double and came through during a decisive stretch in the fourth quarter to lift the Rockets to a 126-111 National Basketball Association victory over the Lakers. However, there wasn't a lot of support from the rest of the players and with James having an off day, it was yet another loss for the Lakers who are now in 5th place on the points table with 17 wins and 10 losses. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 80.1 percent from the free throw line. Picking that outfit on the night the Rockets played the Lakers was not done by mistake. He had 50 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds.

Nikola Vucevic hit a tiebreaking jumper with 28.8 seconds left, and Orlando emerged with a win over Chicago in Mexico City. Jamal Crawford added 17 off the bench and fellow reserve Josh Jackson contributed 14.

Dirk Nowitzki made his season debut for the Mavericks on Thursday night, and it didn't take him long to look like his old self.

Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks with 15 points, but Dallas were undone by 23 turnovers.

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