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James Harden scores 40 as Rockets beat Pelicans 117-109

The Beard came an assist shy of a triple-double.

HOUSTON — James Harden had 40 points and came an assist shy of a triple-double to lead the Houston Rockets to a 117-109 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday.

Harden had 10 rebounds and nine assists.

He poured in 26 points in the first half before cooling down after halftime.

Rookie sensation Zion Williamson had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Pelicans, whose three-game winning streak was snapped.

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