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                     === Harden, Rockets stun Wizards ===
 
 Houston,  TX (SportsNetwork.com)  -  James Harden's  go-ahead  layup with  0.7
 seconds  left  lifted the  Houston Rockets  to a  113-112 victory on Wednesday
 night.
 
 John Wall sunk a pair of foul shots to stake Washington to a 112-110 advantage
 with four seconds to play.
 
 Harden  drew an away-from-the-play foul prior to the ensuing inbounds and made
 the free throw to get the Rockets within a point.
 
 Harden  then got the ball at the top of the arc and split a pair of Washington
 defenders before driving in for the easy layup.
 
 Kevin  Seraphin's turnaround jumper from the left wing at the horn was off the
 mark.
 
 "We were looking for them to foul on the first one and then get a layup on the
 second one. It worked out perfectly," said Houston head coach Kevin McHale.
 
 Harden  finished  with 35 points, six  rebounds and six assists, Dwight Howard
 tallied  24  points and 16  rebounds and Chandler  Parsons added 18 points, 12
 boards and six assists for Houston, which has won seven straight.
 
 Trevor  Ariza,  who  knocked  down  a franchise-record  10  3-pointers  on  14
 attempts,  nailed  all seven  of his  tries from  beyond the  arc in the third
 quarter.  He had 21 of his 32 points in the third for the Wizards, who trailed
 by as many as 19 in that stanza before rallying back in it.
 
 Wall recorded 19 points and 14 helpers in defeat.
 
 "We fought hard and ended up losing by one," Wall said. "The bounces and calls
 didn't go our way towards the end, but they made the biggest plays and James
 got it going to the basket."
 
 Two  Howard free  throws staked Houston to  an 89-70 cushion with 3:32 left in
 the third, but Washington closed the frame on a 20-4 run.
 
 Ariza  knocked  down five  treys in  a 2:18  span during  the burst, which was
 capped  on  a Wall  triple to  whittle the  deficit to  93-90 heading into the
 fourth.
 
 Earlier, Houston led 38-26 after a quarter of play and 63-54 at the break.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Harden  was 16-of-16 from the foul line ... Washington scored 24 points off 26
 turnovers  ... Houston shot 53.1 percent (34-of-64) from the field ... Bradley
 Beal netted 20 points for the Wizards ... Ariza also had 11 rebounds.
 
 
 
 
 02/13 02:54:08 ET