NBA roundup: Sixers smash Clippers on the road, Heat suffer a big upset

Los Angeles, California - James Harden scored 29 points with a season-high 15 rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers improved to 46-27 with a 122-97 road victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.

James Harden (r.) scored 29 points with a season-high 15 rebounds against the Clippers.
James Harden (r.) scored 29 points with a season-high 15 rebounds against the Clippers.  © IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

Harden had four three-pointers in his 29 points, while he also dished off seven assists, with Joel Embiid adding 27 points with 10 rebounds as the 76ers flexed their muscle.

The 76ers set the tone with a 35-19 first quarter with Tobias Harris (12 points, two rebounds, and two assists) hitting a buzzer-beating three-pointer.

Harden's 15 rebounds are the most the 2018 MVP has had in a game since December 2020 with the Houston Rockets.

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The win helps the 76ers close on the Miami Heat (47-27) and Milwaukee Bucks (46-27) at the top of the Eastern Conference in the jostle for top seed ahead of the NBA playoffs.

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Hawks guard Trae Young starred with 33 points and 15 assists against the Warriors.
Hawks guard Trae Young starred with 33 points and 15 assists against the Warriors.  © IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

The Golden State Warriors lost for the fourth time in their past five games since Steph Curry's foot injury, going down 121-110 to the Atlanta Hawks despite Klay Thompson's 37 points including nine triples. Hawks guard Trae Young starred with 33 points and 15 assists.

The Minnesota Timberwolves clinched their 11th win from their past 14 games as they got the Dallas Mavericks 116-95, led by Karl-Anthony Towns' 20 points and nine rebounds. Luka Dončić had 24 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists for the Mavs.

The Charlotte Hornets responded after their shock defeat to the New York Knicks with an impressive 107-101 win over the Utah Jazz, with Miles Bridges scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds, while Terry Rozier added 25 points.

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There's no breathing space on top of the Eastern Conference for the Miami Heat, who suffered a stunning reverse 111-103 to the New York Knicks, who closed in on a remarkable 38-13.

Immanuel Quickley scored 20 of his 23 points in the last quarter.

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