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Harden has 50-10-11, Rockets beat Lakers

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HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets were clinging to a lead over the Los Angeles Lakers in the fourth quarter on Thursday night when James Harden told coach Mike D'Antoni he needed to come out for a bit to rest - something the reigning MVP never does.

D'Antoni was perfectly happy to fulfill Harden's request, and the move could not have worked better for the Rockets.

Harden returned with about five minutes left to take over the game, scoring 11 points during a big run to cap a 50-point, 10-rebound and 11-assist night in a 126-111 victory.

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Assists per game
Rank Name APG
1 K. Lowry, Tor10.0
2 J. Holiday, NO8.9
3 J. Wall, Was8.5
4 J. Harden, Hou8.3
5 J. Teague, Min8.2
6 C. Paul, Hou8.0
7 B. Simmons, Phi7.9
8 N. Jokic, Den7.6
9 D. Fox, Sac7.6
10 T. Young, Atl7.3
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Steals Per Game
Rank Name SPG
1 P. George, OKC2.23
2 R. Covington, Min2.12
3 C. Paul, Hou2.09
4 J. Butler, Phi2.09
5 J. Harden, Hou2.04
6 K. Leonard, Tor1.86
7 J. Holiday, Chi1.83
8 J. Holiday, NO1.77
9 K. Bazemore, Atl1.74
10 D. Mitchell, Uta1.72
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