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James Harden Puts Up Career High 56 Points in Win

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James Harden set a career high with 56 points with a historically efficient shooting performance Sunday night in the Houston Rockets’ 137-110 win over the Utah Jazz.

Harden was 19-of-25 shooting, including 7-of-8 from 3-point range, to become the first NBA player since Michael Jordan to score that many points on 25 or fewer shots since Jordan’s 58-point performance against the New Jersey Nets on Feb. 26, 1987. Karl Malone was the last NBA player to score that many points with a field goal percentage as high as Harden’s .760, as “The Mailman” scored 61 points on 21-of-26 shooting against the Milwaukee Bucks on Jan. 27, 1990.

Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN

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Sources: Nets, Spencer Dinwiddie Agree to Three-Year Extension

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Spencer Dinwiddie will get $34M over a three-year extension with Nets, league source tells ESPN. There will be a player option on third year, sources said.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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Sources: Multiple Lakers Players Off-Limits in Trade Talks

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Lakers won’t surrender Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kyzma or Josh Hart to Suns for Trevor Ariza, source. Suns turned down a 3-team proposal, source. And 2 sources confirmed Rockets called Lakers 2 weeks ago about trading for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. No deal is imminent.

Source: Brad Turner on Twitter

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Sources: Rockets Interested in Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

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The Houston Rockets are emerging as a suitor for Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in multi-team trade scenarios, such as with the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns, league sources told The Athletic.

In desperate search for an upgrade at the wing, the Rockets are targeting Caldwell-Pope, league sources said. The Lakers have pursued Suns forward Trevor Ariza, along with several other contenders, according to league sources.

As the trade market hashes itself out early this season, Caldwell-Pope has several interested suitors across the league, a telling sign for the 2019 free agent.

Source: Shams Charania of The Athletic

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