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Harden scores 28, Rockets use big 3rd quarter to coast to 112-86 win over Pacers

  • Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) and Indiana Pacers' Evan Turner get in each others' faces in the second half of an NBA basketball game on Friday, March 7, 2014, in Houston. Both players received double technical fouls for the confrontation that included shoving. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

    Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) and Indiana Pacers' Evan Turner get in each others' faces in the second half of an NBA basketball game on Friday, March 7, 2014, in Houston. Both players received double technical fouls for the confrontation that included shoving. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Houston Rockets' Dwight Howard (12) shoots for two points against Indiana Pacers' Roy Hibbert (55) in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Friday, March 7, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

    Houston Rockets' Dwight Howard (12) shoots for two points against Indiana Pacers' Roy Hibbert (55) in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Friday, March 7, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Indiana Pacers' George Hill (3) passes the ball beneath Houston Rockets' Patrick Beverley (2) in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Friday, March 7, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

    Indiana Pacers' George Hill (3) passes the ball beneath Houston Rockets' Patrick Beverley (2) in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Friday, March 7, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)  (The Associated Press)

James Harden had 28 points and the Houston Rockets used a huge third quarter to turn a close game into a blowout in a 112-86 win over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.

Harden scored 16 in Houston's 38-point third quarter, which turned a three-point lead into a 29-point advantage. He also got into a dustup with Evan Turner that resulted in both players receiving technical fouls.

Harden and Dwight Howard went to the bench for the fourth period and watched their teammates wrap up Houston's fourth consecutive win.

David West had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers, losers of three straight for the first time this season.

Howard finished with 15 points and seven rebounds. Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin added 11 points apiece for the Rockets.