Ejected Harden's 51 not enough in loss to Clippers

The NBA's leading scorer has scored 50+ in consecutive games, which have been consecutive losses for the Houston Rockets.

Kahron Spearman

For the second games in a row, James Harden's 51 points weren't enough. Los Angeles Clippers used a big second half to secure a 128-118 victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday at the Toyota Center.

Harden also found himself thrown out of the game for punching the ball out of a ref's arm.       

The Clippers trailed by as many as 15 points, but outscored Houston 35-20 in the third, leading into another dominating fourth quarter. Austin Rivers led Los Angeles with a career-high 36 points. Speculated trade asset DeAndre Jordan dominated on the glass with 20 rebounds. 

If we were going to win I had to start being in attack mode. And right from the get-go my whole attention was to just be aggressive and take the fight to them.

Rockets point guard Chris Paul did not play, due to a groin strain. The Clippers sixth man Lou Williams had 32.

Harden scored 51 in a home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, which proved a national breakout game for rookie Kyle Kuzma.