In arguably their most impressive win of the season, the Clippers defeated the Rockets in Houston on Friday, 128-118, their second straight win and first win in any leg of a back-to-back this season.
Rivers made a three-pointer with just less than three minutes to play that pushed the lead to 117-111.
Harden is only the 10th player in National Basketball Association history to record consecutive 50-point games, joining some elite company such as Allen Iverson, Michael Jordan, and Wilt Chamberlain. Harden was called for two offensive fouls in a 49 second span, leading to his fifth and sixth fouls. He received a technical for arguing about the call and was ejected from the game. He's the first National Basketball Association player to score 50 or more in consecutive games since Kobe Bryant did so in four straight in March 2007.
"We lost", Harden said bluntly.
Harden wasn't interested in any of that since it didn't help the Rockets win. "None of it matters".
In Friday's other games, the Milwaukee Bucks overcame a late deficit at home to beat the Charlotte Hornets 109-104.
The Nets ended a four-game slide as Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead a 119-84 rout of the Wizards.
In Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook hit the winning 3-pointer with one second left to lift the Oklahoma City Thunder past the Atlanta Hawks 120-117. Caris LeVert scored 17 points, while DeMarre Carroll, Spencer Dinwiddie and Nik Stauskas chipped in 15 apiece for Brooklyn.
In Orlando, DeMarcus Cousins scored 26 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out six assists and New Orleans never trailed against the Magic.
Rivers scored 30 of his team-high 36 points on 10-of-18 shooting in the second half, drilling 5 of 10 3-pointers down the stretch to keep the Rockets off guard.
Kevin Durant had 33 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and four blocks, and the Golden State Warriors held off the Los Angeles Lakers 113-106 for their 11th straight victory.
Nikola Jokic scored 27 points and the Nuggets won for the first time in Portland since 2013, beating the Trail Blazers 102-85.