Harden, Rockets bury Pacers for sixth in row

James Harden just keeps chugging along and the same goes for the Houston Rockets.

Harden scored 26 points and passed for a season-high 15 assists, and the visiting Rockets started fast and finished strong in a 118-95 dispatching of the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.

The Rockets (11-3) never trailed and led by as many as 23 points.

“We’re preaching it. Getting off to better starts and not trying to fight our way back into games. We’ve been doing that as of late,” Harden told reporters.

Eric Gordon, a native of Indianapolis, continued his strong start with 21 points for the Rockets, and Clint Capela added 20 points and 17 rebounds.

Victor Oladipo led the Pacers (6-8) with 28 points, and Domantas Sabonis added 17 off the bench. Both players are having career seasons after arriving from Oklahoma City in the Paul George trade. But the Pacers could probably afford to make another deal for more help if they hope to get back to the playoffs.

The Rockets have won six straight.