The Rundown: Harden nails game-winner in first win with Clippers

Published November 18, 2023, 3:30 PMYoyo Sarmenta

James Harden scored 24 points, including the go-ahead stepback 3, to help the Clippers beat the Rockets.



Knicks 120, Wizards 99

Bucks 130, Hornets 99

Kings 129, Spurs 120

Celtics 108, Raptors 105

Cavaliers 108, Pistons 100

76ers 126, Hawks 116

Pelicans 115, Nuggets 110

Magic 103, Bulls 97

Lakers 107, Trail Blazers 95

Suns 131, Jazz 128

Clippers 106, Rockets 100

What went down

Eleven In-Season Tournament games were slated on Saturday as teams continued to jockey for position in the standings to make it to Las Vegas. A couple of teams kept their In-Season tourney hopes alive, including the LA Clippers who improved to 1-2 in Group B of the West. More importantly, they snapped their six-game slide and earned their first victory with James Harden.

It was also poetic that it was Harden who delivered the game-winning play. Tied at 100 apiece, he drilled the go-ahead 3-pointer plus nabbed a foul to help the Clippers outlast the Rockets. 

Harden finished with a near triple-double, collecting 24 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists. The new-look Clippers have a long way to go but the monkey is off their back as they finally got a victory together. 

Big-time baller

De’Aaron Fox was in his bag as he unleashed his full offensive arsenal on the San Antonio Spurs. He finished with a season-high 43 points, attacking in a variety of ways. He went 14-of-24 from the field, including five triples, plus 10-for-13 from the line. To top it all off, he also had eight rebounds and seven assists. 

What he said

Drake joined the Toronto Raptors broadcast, providing some unique color commentary:

Did you see that?

Was this a pass from Khris Middleton or did the ball just slip from his hands?

Extra Pass

The red-hot Miami Heat take their 7-game winning streak to Chicago to face the Bulls. 

The Heat didn’t get what they wanted during the offseason but here they are showing that they have all the tools to make another playoff run. Jimmy Butler has been his superstar-self and he’s coming off a 36-point outing against the Brooklyn Nets. He went 12-for-19 from the field and 10-for-11 from the line as he attacked the teeth of the defense. He’s scored at least 30 points in back-to-back games and he’s looking to make it three in a row versus the Bulls. 

The Bulls, meanwhile, have lost three straight, including two consecutive defeats against the Orlando Magic. The wins have been hard to come by for the Bulls but they’re looking to get back in the win column. Zach LaVine is coming off a 34-point effort versus the Magic. 

The Heat and the Bulls tip off at 9:00 AM on NBA TV Philippines.