HOUSTON — James Harden scored 35 points whilst the Houston Rockets set an NBA record with 26 3 pointers and won their fifth straight match, 136-118, on the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.

A3 by Gary Clark tied the listing with 2:42 left and fans began chanting:”Three, three, three,” every time Houston got the ball after that. The Rockets missed their next four attempts until Michael carterwilliams hit on one with 31.1 minutes left and has been greeted with loud cheers. The previous record was held by the Cleveland Cavaliers, that made 25 against Atlanta on March 3, 2017.

Harden made six 3s,” Chris Paul added 5 and also Gerald Green and Eric Gordon made 4 on a night Houston attempted 55.

The winning streak ties their longest of the season and comes after the Rockets lost their previous three games.

Houston had a comfortable lead throughout all this one and seven straight points, capped by a dunk from Clint Capela, managed to get 111-94 with about nine seconds left.

Tomas Satoransky and Bradley Beal made back to back 3 pointers to get Washington after that, but Harden ended the run with a 3 which abandoned Houston ahead 114-100.

The Rockets subsequently used a 12-3 run, together with each of their points coming on 3s, to make it 123-103 with roughly five minutes left. Harden and Gordon just made one in that span and Green capped the spurt with 2, and trainer Mike D’Antoni removed the bench soon after.

Beal had 28 points to lead the Wizards, who lost for the first time in seven matches.

Houston led by 12 at halftime and a basket by Paul abandoned the Rockets upward 80-64 with about nine minutes left in the next quarter. Even the Wizards used a 6-3 run, with four points from Wall, after that to slice the guide to 83-70.

The Rockets made four quick points after in the quarter, emphasized by a nifty reverse layup from Gordon, to leave them up 91-76 with about 3 1/2 moments left in the quarter.

Washington got within 1-1 late in the third quarter, however, Harden scored another five points, capped by a 3pointer, to make it 101-85.

The Wizards scored the last five points of the quarter, together with three free throws, to slice the lead to 101-90 entering the fourth.

The success comes after the Wizards won the first meeting against Houston this year 135-131 in overtime on Nov. 26, despite a season-high 54 points from Harden.

The Wizards often double-teamed Harden at the first half, leaving the others open, which led to easy baskets in the lane and also a 70-58 guide by the Celtics in halftime.

TIP-INS

Wizards: Produced 10 of 30 3 pointers. … John Wall added 18 points with 12 assists. … Trevor Ariza had 15 points in his second match since a trade from Phoenix.

Rockets: Gordon added 18 points. … James Ennis missed his fourth straight game with a strained right hamstring.

UP NEXT

Rockets: Visit Miami on Thursday night.

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