From there, Houston trailed by 11 points and eventually fell to Miami, 101-99, snapping a five-game winning streak.
James Harden logged his 200th career game of scoring at least 30 points. He had 35 points, 12 assists and six rebounds. He also made six three-pointers, matching his output from beyond the arc when Houston set an NBA record with most made threes in a single game the night before vs. Washington.
Chris Paul left the game in the first half with a strained right hamstring. He finished the game playing only 12 minutes and scoring four points.
Houston (16-15) has the next three games at home: Saturday vs. San Antonio; Christmas Day vs. Oklahoma City; and Dec. 27 vs. Boston.
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