Behind James Harden’s game-high 42 points, the Houston Rockets earned a 109-103 road win against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.

Harden bounced back from a rough outing against the Brooklyn Nets, in which he only put up 10 points.

The Beard also added nine rebounds and seven assists.

Per the AP:

The night before, Harden managed only 10 points in a loss at Brooklyn. […] “Great players rise to the occasion,” said veteran teammate Jason Terry, who scored seven fourth-quarter points. “(Tuesday) was probably one of his worst games he’s ever played to date and so for him it was all about coming out tonight, being aggressive and getting off to a great start.”

 

Harden had 19 by halftime, then scored 16 alone in the third quarter to help the Rockets weather the Wizards’ strongest period. […] “You’ve got passive turnovers and you’ve got aggressive turnovers where you’re trying to create and we just make mistakes,” said Harden, who also had seven turnovers on Tuesday. “I would rather live with the aggressive turnovers than passive and being soft.”

 

Corey Brewer added 15 points and Patrick Beverley had 14 to help Houston to its fourth win in five games and sixth out of eight. […] John Wall had 26 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds for Washington, which trailed by as many as 15 in the first half and has lost six of its last seven at home.