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NBA scores: James Harden leads Rockets to another win

The Dallas Mavericks were off on Friday night, but all three Southwest Division teams in action earned wins.

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

The NBA regular season is in full swing after a big slate of 12 games on Friday night, including all remaining season-opening games.

The Dallas Mavericks were not among those teams in action as they prepare to host the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday, but the Mavs were able to watch three Southwest Division rivals in action. The Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Hornets all notched impressive wins.

The Rockets (2-0) remained undefeated as James Harden delivered another monster game with 45 points and seven rebounds to lead Houston past Atlanta, 109-102 on the road.

In New Orleans, the Hornets beat the Utah Jazz for their first win of the season, but had to finish the game without rookie Anthony Davis whose status remains questionable after suffering a mild concussion in the first half. The Hornets grabbed the win after Greivis Vasquez scored on a driving layup with 1.3 seconds remaining in the game. Vasquez finished the game with 13 points and 10 assists.

In the Bay Area, the Memphis Grizzlies evened their record at 1-1 by beating the Golden State Warriors, 104-94. Mike Conley and Marc Gasol each scored 21 points for the Grizz, while Zach Randolph added 15 points and 14 rebounds. The balanced attack from Memphis helped overcome a big game from Golden State's Stephen Curry which included 26 points and seven assists.

In other surprising finishes from around the league, the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Indiana Pacers to snap a 23-game losing streak dating back to last season. Also, the New York Knicks blew out the Miami Heat 104-84, and the Orlando Magic ran past the Denver Nuggets.

Here is the full scoreboard of Friday's action.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.