Kevin Durant's 50-point haul was not enough to prevent the Golden State Warriors slipping to a 123-117 defeat to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Jrue Holiday added 24 points and 11 assists for the Pelicans, while Kyle Kuzma scored 23 for the Lakers. The total number of points scored for the over/under is listed at 222.
The Kings scored the next five points, with a 3-pointer from Garrett Temple, to cut it to six again with 30 seconds left. Harden also connected three times from deep in the fourth. New Orleans' Rajon Rondo and Los Angeles' Isaiah Thomas were ejected late in the first quarter after a brief altercation.
The Washington Wizards overturned a 27-point deficit - the largest of the current National Basketball Association season - to beat the New York Knicks 118-113.
Thunder 121, Grizzlies 114: Paul George made six 3-pointers while scoring 28 points to lead Oklahoma City over host Memphis. Josh Jackson added 22 points for the Suns. Kemba Walker had 20 points for Charlotte on 6-for-19 shooting, and Nicolas Batum added 14 points and seven assists.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 37 points - 32 in the first half - to lead the Knicks.
The Wolves dragged themselves back into the contest with eight minutes to play in the fourth, before the Rockets reeled off four straight triples in two minutes to stretch the lead to 107-91 and put the game to bed.
76ers 104, Heat 102 • In Philadelphia, Ben Simmons had a triple-double, J.J. Redick hit a 19-foot, off-balanced jumper from the baseline with 19.4 seconds left and short-handed Philadelphia overcame a 24-point second-half deficit to beat Miami.
Minnesota won their last game against the Sacramento Kings, 111 - 106; Wolves earn 13th straight home win.
Houston scored the next seven points, while Sacramento missed its next eight shots, to leave the Rockets up 69-52 with about three minutes left in the quarter. Clint Capela posted his 30th double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds), and P.J. Tucker delivered a strong all-around effort with 10 points, seven boards and two steals. Andrew White III had 15 points for the Hawks in his National Basketball Association debut.
Mario Hezonja led Orlando with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Pacers 108, Nets 103: Victor Oladipo scored 25 points, Corey Joseph added 15 points and 11 assists for Indiana.