NEW YORK -- James Harden and the Houston Rockets spent plenty of energy trying to knock off the champs. They had more than enough left a night later.Harden had 30 points and 15 assists, and Houston routed the New York Knicks 118-99 on Wednesday night.Were a special group and were fairly new, Harden said, so the more were going to continue to build and do things and play the right way no matter who were playing, the better off well be.The NBAs leader coming into the day with 11.8 assists per game, Harden toyed with the Knicks defense, setting up teammates for lobs or open 3-pointers as the Rockets easily bounced back from a 128-120 loss in Cleveland on Tuesday.Eric Gordon added 21 points for Houston, which has won seven straight at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks havent defeated the Rockets at home since Jan. 26, 2009, so long ago that their coach was current Houston coach Mike DAntoni.Harden also grabbed six rebounds, a night after he had 41 points and 15 assists. And the Rockets got a boost from their bench, particularly Montrezl Harrell, who had 17 points and 10 rebounds.Those guys helped us keep going and then James is James, DAntoni said. Hes really good and I think he can play every night.Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points for the Knicks, who besides their poor defense also heard loud boos for their rebounding and turnovers in a dismal performance.If we dont start playing defense, were going to keep getting smacked like this, guard Derrick Rose said. It comes with effort. It comes with everybody being on the same page.The Knicks were also playing for the second straight night, but only they appeared to have tired legs. Houston quickly extended a 33-25 lead after one quarter into double digits and was ahead 68-51 at halftime.Gordon opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer to make it a 20-point game and Harden closed it with another 3 that sent the Rockets to the fourth quarter with a 100-78 lead.TIP-INSRockets: C Nene sat out to rest on the second night of the Rockets back-to-back. ... DAntoni went 121-167 with the Knicks from 2008 until resigning in March 2012.Knicks: New York has lost 21 of the last 23 meetings with Houston. ... Rose and Courtney Lee scored 16 points each.DEKKER HITS THE DECKSam Dekker was headed for what would have been a breakaway basket when he stumbled and fell near the free throw line, the ball bouncing off the court, then off his face and out of bounds. Dekker went to the court again moments later after Kyle OQuinn blocked his shot.HORNACEK IN HOUSTON?Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek, after being fired in Phoenix, interviewed for the Houston job last spring before the Rockets hired DAntoni. With Harden in place and believing Ryan Anderson would sign there, Hornacek was interested. Obviously the pieces theyve added have made them dynamic on the offensive end, Hornacek said. Theyre going to be hard to stop and so when you look around at jobs and they call you and want to talk, that was great.CHICAGO IS HIS KIND OF TOWNRose was hoping the World Series went to the Cubs, who had his son, 3-year-old Derrick Jr., throw out a first pitch earlier this season. On Friday, the Chicago native will be hoping to beat the Bulls in his first game against his former team. He expects a mixed reception from fans. I know Im going to get some boos here and there but its all part of the game, its all part of the sport, he said. Its not going to affect the way I play or how badly I want to win that game.UP NEXTRockets: Visit Atlanta on Saturday to continue five-game trip with visit to former Houston center Dwight Howard. The Hawks have won the last five meetings.Knicks: Visit Chicago on Friday in first trip back to the United Center for former Bulls All-Stars Rose and Joakim Noah. Wholesale Jerseys China . Giroud, who wasnt in the starting lineup for two matches after allegations about his private life and a decline in form, scored twice in the first half. Tomas Rosickys chip made it 3-0 before half time at Emirates Stadium, while defender Laurent Koscielny scored an unmarked header in the second half. Cheap Jerseys Paypal .Y. -- Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone has drawn on his Syracuse connections once again by hiring Rob Moore to take over as receivers coach. http://www.authenticnfljerseys.net/ .J. -- Marshawn Lynch said Thursday it will be good to get back to football after the Seattle quiet talking running back wrapped up his final mandatory media session of Super Bowl week. Cheap Authentic Jerseys . PETERSBURG, Fla. Wholesale NFL Jerseys Authentic . Anthony Davis had 31 points and 17 rebounds in his seventh straight game with more than 20 points, but that was only enough to keep the Pelicans competitive into the final minutes. Andrew Bogut had 10 points and 15 rebounds for Golden State, which rebounded from a loss a night earlier in Oklahoma City and snapped a two-game skid.Leicester host Southampton knowing that another big win would keep them ahead of the chasing pack - and the action is live on Super Sunday on Sky Sports 1 from 12.30pm. Claudio Ranieris team start the weekend five points clear of second-placed Tottenham with seven games remaining and, with his confidence sky-high, Jamie Vardy, who has 21 goals for club and country this term, will be looking to score in a third straight game.The 29-year-old strikers impressive displays against Germany and the Netherlands likely cemented his place in Roy Hodgsons squad for Euro 2016 and Vardy can now turn his attention to the final weeks of Leicesters astonishing bid to win their first top-flight title. Jamie Vardy was on target for England against Germany and the Netherlands Southampton could be one of the toughest remaining opponents for the Foxes, with the visitors having won their last two games to climb within four points of the Champions League places.However, Leicester are showing remarkable resilience under pressure, winning their last three games 1-0. Team newsJeff Schlupp is a doubt for Leicester with a knee problem. The utility player suffered the injury on international duty with Ghana and could miss out when the Saints come to the midlands.Ranieri has no other injury worries although Matty James is unlikely to feature as he continues his recovery from a serious knee injury which has kept him out for almost a year. Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri got an unusual present at his latest news conference. Southamptons Shane Long is doubtful for the game. The striker scored from the penalty spot in the Republic of Irelands 2-2 draw against Slovakia on Tuesday before going off with a knee problem, so will be assessed after training on Saturday.Saints manager Ronald Koeman has no other injury concerns.Opta stats Leicester are five points clear of second placed Tottenham ahead of the weekend fixtures Leicester have won only one of their last eightt top-flight contests against Southampton (D4 L3).ddddddddddddSouthamptons only win away to Leicester in the Premier League came in December 2001, winning 4-0 at Filbert Street (D2 L6).The Foxes have 41 more points from 31 Premier League games this season (66) compared to last season (25). They were also bottom of the league after playing 31 in 2014/15.The last three Premier League meetings between these two sides have seen a player score a brace (Vardy in October, Riyad Mahrez last May and Long in November 2014). Ronald Koemans Southampton have lost just one of the last five Premier League away games Leicester have won 12 and lost just one of their last 18 Premier League home games (D5).The Foxes have kept six clean sheets in their last seven Premier League games at the King Power Stadium.Mahrez has scored more winning goals in the Premier League than any other player this season (7).Southampton have scored more headed goals than any other team (12) in the Premier League this season. Jamie Redknapp gives his thoughts ahead of Super Sunday Mersons predictionThis is a hard one for Leicester. In fact, I think their next three games are their hardest. People talk about their last three but if they put these three to bed they might not have to worry about the last three. Paul Merson expects Shane Long to cause Leicester some problems Southampton are a decent side, Shane Long will cause problems, and Leicester will have to attack. The pressure has been getting to Leicester a bit, they havent been great lately and they have just got over the line in a few games, but if they can win the next three they would put it to bed.PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1 (Sky Bets odds: 5/1)You can watch Leicester in action against Southampton at the King Power Stadium, live on Super Sunday. By purchasing a Sky Sports Day Pass for £6.99 or Sky Sports Week Pass for £10.99, you can enjoy access to all seven Sky Sports channels and watch on a TV with a NOW TV Box or on a range of devices. ' ' '