Houston Rockets guard James Harden, front, dribbles the ball as Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant, back, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in Washington.
WASHINGTON - James Harden scored 59 points and made one of two free throws with 2.4 seconds to play to give the Houston Rockets a 159-158 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.
Bradley Beal scored 46 points for Washington, hitting three throws with 8.1 seconds left to tie it at 158.
Harden was 18 of 32 from the field, 6 of 14 from 3-point range, and made 17 of 18 free throws.
Rui Hachimura had 23 points in his home debut for the Wizards, Davis Bertans added 21 and Washington shot 62.6% from the field.