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NBA: Rockets hand Utah worst-ever home loss, 125-80

AP, SALT LAKE CITY, Utah

James Harden scored 25 points as Houston handed Utah their worst home loss in franchise history.

The Jazz had won six straight at home, but simply could not keep pace in transition. They were outscored 26-2 on the break and shot just 39.5 percent. Their previous worst defeat at home was by 33 points to Milwaukee on Nov. 18, 1980.

Carlos Delfino and Marcus Morris each hit four three-pointers for Houston, who made 16 of 34 from beyond the arc. Omer Asik had 19 rebounds as the Rockets (25-22) won their third straight.

Houston led by 21 points in the second, by 35 in the third and kept pouring it on fourth.

Randy Foye led Utah with 12 points.

Nuggets 102, Pacers 101

In Denver, Colorado, Andre Iguodala made a free throw with 0.4 seconds remaining after forcing a turnover to deny a last-second shot by Indiana, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Pacers 102-101 on Monday night.

Iguodala finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and had the defensive play of the game when he stole the ball from Paul George as the Pacers’ guard maneuvered for a last-second shot.

Iguoadala signaled for time out with 0.5 seconds remaining. On the inbounds, Andre Miller lobbed a pass toward the basket that Iguodala and George both went after with George making contact and getting called for the foul.

After missing four consecutive free throws earlier in the fourth quarter, Iguodala coolly sank the tiebreaker and missed the second on purpose and the buzzer sounded as the ball rattled off the backboard.

GRIZZLIES 103, 76ERS 100

In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Marc Gasol scored a season-high 27 points and Rudy Gay had 26 to help Memphis rally from 17 points down to beat Philadelphia.

Jerryd Bayless scored a season-high 21 points to help the Grizzlies win without point guard Mike Conley, out with a sprained left ankle.

The Grizzlies rallied from their double-digit deficit to take control late in the fourth. Bayless missed a jumper, Gay grabbed the rebound and made it 101-100 on a bucket with 13.3 seconds left. Philadelphia’s Thaddeus Young missed a short attempt in front of the basket and the Grizzlies grabbed the rebound.

Gay was fouled and made both free throws for a three-point cushion.

Nick Young could not get the tying shot off at the buzzer for the Sixers.

Evan Turner scored a season-high 27 points, Thaddeus Young had 23 and Jrue Holiday added 18 points and 10 assists.

KINGS 96, WIZARDS 94

In Washington, Isaiah Thomas made a floater with a second to play, capping a seesaw finish as Sacramento broke a four-game losing streak.

Thomas dribbled down the clock after the Wizards tied the game on Martell Webster’s short jumper with 7.9 seconds to play, then drove down the middle and put the ball in with a soft touch from 2.7m.

Thomas had 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and also had seven assists. Francisco Garcia scored 17 points for the Kings in a game that included 16 ties and 11 lead changes.

Emeka Okafor scored a season-high 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, and John Wall had 19 points and six assists for the Wizards.

BULLS 93, BOBCATS 85

In Chicago, Illinois, Jimmy Butler scored a career-high 19 points and Nate Robinson added 15 as Chicago won for the seventh time in nine games.

Luol Deng returned to the Bulls’ lineup after missing five games with a hamstring injury, and scored 12 points in 31 minutes. Chicago won three of five without Deng as his absence was eased by the strong play of Butler, who returned to a reserve role. Joakim Noah finished with 13 points, 18 rebounds and seven assists for Chicago.

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