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Harden has 35 as Rockets beat Mavericks 128-121

The Rockets led by 16 points entering the fourth quarter on a night when Mavericks star Luka Doncic sat out with a sprained right ankle.
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Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook (0) stares at the Dallas Mavericks' bench after after a dunk during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

James Harden scored 35, Russell Westbrook added 32 and the Houston Rockets built a big lead and held on for a 128-121 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

The Rockets led by 16 points entering the fourth quarter on a night when Mavericks star Luka Doncic sat out with a sprained right ankle that is expected to keep him out at least six games. But the Mavericks started out the fourth quarter strong and got within four with about 5 minutes left.

Kristaps Porzingis had 35 points and 12 rebounds as the Mavericks lost their second game in a row.

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