Wednesday night in the NBA: Harden struggles, Rondo fights and WIZARDS WIN

James Harden struggled in his return to Oklahoma City as the Thunder beat the Rockets Wednesday night, 120-98. Elsewhere in the Association, the Nets beat the Celtics, but not before the two teams brawled. Oh, and the WIZARDS WON!

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Clippers edge Timberwolves

The Los Angeles Clippers managed to edge out the Minnesota Timberwolves, 101-95, behind the efforts of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.


Thunder blow out Rockets in James Harden's return

The Oklahoma City Thunder steamrolled the Houston Rockets 120-98 on Wednesday night in James Harden's return to OKC. For Harden, it was a night to forget -- he scored 17 points but shot just 3-16 from the field and picked up only three assists and two rebounds while turning the ball over three times. His saving grace was the free throw line, where he went 9-11.

The Thunder's main star had no such trouble -- Kevin Durant dropped in 37 points on a Rockets team that was without top wing Chandler Parsons. Serge Ibaka was second on the team in scoring with 23 points, while Kevin Martin chipped in with 17 points off the bench. As a team, Oklahoma City ravaged the Houston defense, shooing 54 percent as a team from the field. Houston, meanwhile, shot just 41 percent as a team.

Oklahoma City will get a night off before returning the court on Friday night when they host the Utah Jazz, while the Rockets will be off until Saturday night when they too host the Jazz. The Thunder and Rockets will next meet on Dec. 29 in Houston.


Knicks take care of Bucks in Milwaukee

The Knicks kept pace with the Brooklyn Nets atop the Atlantic division with a win in Milwaukee.


Nets top Celtics in ugly contest

The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Boston Celtics, 95-83, in a game that featured three ejections after a fight at the end of the first half.


Harden's nightmare return to OKC continues

James Harden's return to his old digs continued to resemble something close to a nightmare on Wednesday night, as he ended the third quarter with just 10 points on 1-12 shooting from the field. His saving grace has been free throw line, where's he's gone 8-10. He's picked up just three rebounds, two assists and a steal and has turned the ball over twice.

As a consequence, the Houston Rockets finished the third quarter down 86-74 to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Oklahoma City has been led by Kevin Durant, whose put up 26 points on 8-16 shooting through three. Serge Ibaka, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Martin are all also in double figures for the Thunder, who have shot 53 percent from the field as a team.

The scoring slack for the Rockets has been picked up by Patrick Patterson's whose 25 points through three quarters are already a season high. Daequan Cook -- also making his return to OKC, though in a less heralded fashion -- has scored 13 points.


Wizards win!

The Wizards finally get their first victory of the season.


Thunder up 12 at half in Harden's return to OKC

The Oklahoma City Thunder pulled away from the Houston Rockets a bit in the second quarter of Wednesday night's game, taking a 57-45 lead into the locker room at the half. James Harden, making his return to OKC for the first time since being traded, has had a dreadful game, stretching a Rockets team already missing Chandler Parsons.

Harden shot 0-8 in the first half, scoring three points while adding two rebounds, two assists and a steal. He also turned the ball over twice and missed both of his three-point attempts. Leading the way for Houston was their frontline, with Patrick Patterson scoring 14 points (10 of which came in the first quarter) and Omer Asik dropping in 12 points to go along with seven rebounds.

The Thunder, meanwhile, were powered by Kevin Durant, who scored 17 points on 6-10 shooting. Serge Ibaka chipped in with 12 points, six rebounds and five blocks and Kevin Martin added 10 points and three assists off the bench.


Rondo ejected after Nets-Celtics brawl

Rajon Rondo, Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace were all ejected from Wednesday's game.


James Harden struggles in return to OKC

James Harden's return to Oklahoma City could have gone much better for the bearded Olympian, but his early struggles haven't dragged the Houston Rockets down. Harden missed all four of shots, scoring no points, though he did tally a rebound, two assists and a steal. He also turned the ball over twice and had several shots blocked.

Despite that performance, Houston was down only 27-25 to the Thunder exiting the first quarter, and that's without small forward Chandler Parsons, who has been the team's biggest offensive threat this season after Harden. Patrick Patterson poured in 10 points for the Rockets -- including two three pointers -- to go along with Omer Asik's six points and Daequan Cook's five points.

The Thunder, meanwhile, picked up eight points and four blocks from Serge Ibaka, six points from Kevin Durant and two points from Russell Westbrook.

Wednesday night is Harden's first time back in OKC after being traded to the Rockets just before the offseason.


James Harden yukkung it up in OKC

James Harden was traded to the Houston Rockets earlier this year, after spending his first three seasons in the NBA with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Wednesday night, The Beard makes his return. Here are some photos!


Rockets' Parsons (shoulder) out

Rockets forward Chandler Parsons has a sore shoulder that will keep him out of Wednesday's game.

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