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HOUSTON — James Harden was the star for the Houston Rockets as usual on Saturday night, but he and the team got a big boost from Eric Gordon in his second game back after recovering from a bruised knee.

Harden scored 48 points, Gordon added 30 and the Rockets overcame a 21-point deficit to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 138-134 in overtime.

The Rockets trailed for most of the night and were down by 18 in the second half. Gordon sent it to overtime with a 3-pointer, and made four free throws in the last seconds of the extra period.

“He’s playing unbelievable,” coach Mike D’Antoni said of Gordon.

Harden had his 19th straight game with at least 30 and he has had 40 in 10 of the last 13. He was 14-of-30 from the field, going 8-of-19 on 3-pointers, and hit 12-of-15 free throws.

Harden was asked if Gordon being back after missing eight games before his return on Wednesday night eased the burden on him a little bit.

“A little bit? It takes a lot of burden off me,” Harden said. “He’s so offensively gifted and talented being able to shoot the basketball, being able to get to the rim, being able to make plays for others. You get a guy like that on the floor with you it makes it easier for not only myself but for everybody.”

Brandon Ingram missed a 3 for Los Angeles before Harden hit 1 of 2 free throws to make it 132-130 with less than a minute left. Ingram tied it with a basket, and Harden again made 1 of 2 free throws to make it 133-132.

Los Angeles missed a 3 before Gordon also made just 1 of 2 free throws to leave Houston up by two with 12.6 seconds left. Kyle Kuzma lost the ball and it went out of bounds to give Houston the ball back.

It was the second straight overtime game for both teams after Houston lost to Brooklyn on Wednesday night and Los Angeles beat Oklahoma City on Thursday night.

Also Saturday:

Thunder 117, 76ers 115: PHILADELPHIA — Paul George converted a four-point play with 5.1 seconds left, sending Russell Westbrook and Oklahoma City past Joel Embiid and Philadelphia. George capped a wild finish that included another memorable exchange between Westbrook and Embiid. Westbrook hit the floor out of bounds under the basket after a foul by Embiid late in the game, and Westbrook fouled out with 14.9 seconds on Embiid’s 3-point try.

Raptors 119, Grizzlies 90: TORONTO — Danny Green had a season-high 24 points and set a franchise record for 3-pointers in a quarter with seven in the third to help ­Toronto beat Memphis.

Bucks 118, Magic 108: ­ORLANDO, Fla. — Eric Bledsoe scored 30 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25 points and 13 rebounds and Milwaukee got its fourth straight victory.

Celtics 113, Hawks 105: ATLANTA — Kyrie Irving scored 32 points and Boston rallied to beat Atlanta for its third straight victory.

Kings 103, Pistons 101: ­DETROIT — Buddy Hield made an off-balance, fadeaway 3-pointer just before time expired and scored 35 points in Sacramento’s victory.

Heat 117, Bulls 103: CHICAGO — Dwyane Wade had 14 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in his final game in his hometown, helping Miami hand Chicago its 10th straight loss.

Pacers 111, Mavericks 99: INDIANAPOLIS — ­Tyreke Evans scored 19 points, Domantas Sabonis had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Indiana beat Dallas for its third victory in four games.

Hornets 135, Suns 115: CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kemba Walker scored 21 points, Jeremy Lamb had 18 points and Charlotte got its third straight victory. Charlotte shot 54.5 percent from the field, made 16-of-34 3-point attempts and matched its season-high points total. Devin Booker had 32 points and 11 assists for the Suns.

Nuggets 124, Cavaliers 102: DENVER — Nikola Jokic had 19 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds in his sixth triple-double this season and Denver beat Cleveland. Jamal Murray scored 26 points as Denver won for the third time in four games.

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