James Harden was not "trusting the process" Friday night, rather just trusting himself by putting up 51 points, while posting a triple-double, to help the Houston Rockets hold off the Philadelphia 76ers, 123-118. Harden also had 13 rebounds and 13 assists to become the first player with multiple 50-point triple-doubles in one season. He had 53 points while putting up a triple-double on New Year's Eve in a victory over the New York Knicks. Harden scored 19 in the third quarter, falling two points shy of his career point total, as he shot 6-of-11 from three-point range. Nene had 21 points of his own to help the Rockets snap a two-game losing streak, as they have just four wins in the past 10 games.
Butler, Wade Punished in Bulls' Loss to Heat
Just two days after Jimmy Butler and Dwayne Wade made comments that started drama in the Bulls' locker room, they were both taken out of the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Miami Heat. Butler and Wade questioned the team's effort and passion following a loss to the Hawks. Both came off the bench, as Jimmy Butler finished 1-for-13 for just three points in the Bulls' 100-88 loss to the Miami Heat. Dwayne Wade had 15 points off the bench against his former team, as both players' comments drew the attention of teammate, Rajon Rondo, who went on an Instagram rant about it. All three of those players were fined for the incident. For Miami, Goran Dragic finished with 26 points and 11 assists, Willie Reed had 20 points, and Dion Waiters added 19 points in the win.
LeBron Leads Cavs to Much-Needed Win
The Cleveland Cavaliers really couldn't afford a fourth straight loss, especially at home against the Brooklyn Nets on Friday. LeBron James made sure that didn't happen, finishing with 31 points, while Kyrie Irving added 28 in a 124-116 win over the Nets. The Cavs had lost six of eight, including in overtime at the hands of the Kings, and on the road to the Pelicans, who were missing Anthony Davis. James had 10 of his points come in the third, helping Cleveland extend their lead as large as 24. The King also had 11 assists to finish with a double-double. All-Star reserve Kevin Love had a double-double of his own with 13 points and 14 rebounds on the night.