NBA: Late rally sees Rockets ease past Mavericks; Raptors take winning streak to 8

Houston Rockets guard James Harden (right) dribbles against Dallas Mavericks guard Raymond Felton (centre) and centre Salah Mejri.
Houston Rockets guard James Harden (right) dribbles against Dallas Mavericks guard Raymond Felton (centre) and centre Salah Mejri.PHOTO: REUTERS/ USA TODAY SPORTS

HOUSTON (REUTERS) - James Harden and Josh Smith keyed a second-half offensive resurgence and the Houston Rockets rallied from a third-quarter, double-digit deficit to race past the Dallas Mavericks 115-104 in a National Basketball Association (NBA) game at Toyota Center.

Harden posted his eighth career triple-double and second this season, finishing with 23 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists.

Smith, in his second game with the Rockets (24-22) following his acquisition from the Clippers on Friday, added 16 points off the Houston bench.

In other NBA games -

Raptors 112 Clippers 94: Kyle Lowry scored 21 points and dished out six assists as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 112-94 to extend their winning streak to eight games.

The Raptors (29-15) are riding the second-longest winning streak in their history. They won nine in a row in 2002.

Celtics 112 76ers 92: Isaiah Thomas scored 13 of his 20 points in the decisive third quarter as the Boston Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers 112-92 in a game that was rescheduled from Saturday because of snow.

Nets 116 Thunder 106: Brook Lopez totalled a season-high 31 points and 10 rebounds and the Brooklyn Nets never trailed in a 116-106 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder at Barclays Center.

Lopez, who was held to eight points in Friday's ugly loss to Utah, reached double figures for the 43rd time in 45 games. He shot 11 of 19 and posted his 18th double-double as the Nets (12-33) snapped a five-game losing streak.