Jan. 8 Sports Briefs

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Harden, Capela lead Rockets to 125-113 win over Nuggets

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 32 points, Clint Capela added a career-high 31 and the Houston Rockets beat the Denver Nuggets 125-113 on Monday night. P.J. Tucker set a career best with seven 3-pointers and scored a season-high 21 points to help Houston win for the 12th time in 14 games. Capela had 19 points by halftime as Harden fed him again and again when Denver double-teamed him behind the 3-point line. Gerald Green had 21 points and six 3s on a night when Houston made 22 for its sixth game this season with at least

20. Nikola Jokic scored 24 points for the Nuggets, who had a five-game winning streak snapped. Harden chalked up 14 assists, six 3-pointers and scored at least 30 points for the 13th straight game for the Rockets.

Portland Trail Blazers beat Knicks for 4th win in 5 games

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Jusuf Nurkic had 20 points and eight rebounds as Portland beat New York 111-101 on Monday. Damian Lillard added 17 points and nine assists for the Trail Blazers, who have won four of five. CJ McCollum also scored 17. Nurkic had his fourth straight game with 20 or more points. Enes Kanter had 18 points and 14 rebounds off the bench for the Knicks, who have lost nine of 10. It was his third straight double-double. Portland led by just one point, 54-53, at halftime but pulled away in the third quarter and stretched the lead to


Dubnyk stops 32 shots as Wild nip Canadiens 1-0

MONTREAL (AP) — Mikael Granlund scored and Devan Dubnyk stopped 32 shots for his first shutout of the season as Minnesota stopped Montreal 1-0 on Monday. The Wild have won three straight games, all on the road. Carey Price stopped 24 shots for the Canadiens, who have dropped two in a row. Montreal lost Shea Weber to injury. The Canadiens’ captain was hit in the face by a puck while blocking a shot six minutes into the first period. Weber played seven more shifts in the period, but did not return for the second.