Harden has 49 to lead Rockets over Mavericks 153-149 in OT

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Houston Rockets James Harden (13) dribbles the ball against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, July 31, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – James Harden scored 49 points and the Houston Rockets outlasted the Dallas Mavericks 153-149 in overtime Friday night in their first game in the NBA bubble.

Harden made 1 of 2 free throws before Trey Burke made a 3-pointer to get the Mavericks within 3 with about 15 seconds left in OT. Harden made 1 of 2 free throws after that, Burke missed a 3, and Harden got the rebound to secure the victory.

“Our confidence defensively was building, especially in that fourth quarter," Harden said. “We kept pushing the tempo, kept fighting."

In regulation, Dallas led by 3 before Harden made the first of two free throws, and Robert Covington tipped in a miss on the second to tie it with 3.3 seconds remaining.

Harden raved about Covington's tip-in.

“Unbelievable play," he said. “I didn’t mean to miss it, I intended to make it. It was just a perfect miss."

Luka Doncic missed a shot at the buzzer to send it to overtime.

Kristaps Porzingis had 39 points and 16 rebounds for Dallas, and Doncic had a triple-double with 28 points 13 rebounds and 10 assists.