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Harden, Rockets beat Hornets 104-92

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Harden, Rockets beat Hornets 104-92

HOUSTON (AP) James Harden had 31 points and seven assists to lead the Houston Rockets to a 104-92 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.

When he couldn't find a rhythm from beyond the arc, Harden took to the paint, where he scored 16 of his points. Houston outscored New Orleans 60-28 in the paint.

Harden has led the Rockets in scoring for 14 straight games, not including a Dec. 10 loss to San Antonio where he was sidelined with an ankle injury.

Omer Asik had 21 points and eight rebounds, and forward Patrick Patterson scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, adding nine rebounds in the game.

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Report: Washington will reveal new team name on Monday

Report: Washington will reveal new team name on Monday

Washington will reportedly retire the name 'Redskins' on Monday, but could the organization reveal the team's new moniker, too?

According to Mike Jones of USA TODAY, that's exactly what the team plans to do.

Jones' source would not reveal what the team's new name will be. Potential replacement names such as the Warriors, Redtails and particularly the Red Wolves, have grown popular on social media.

Whether Washington will formally introduce a new name on Monday is still unclear. While Jones reported that the team will reveal its new name, Ben Fischer of the Sports Business Journal reported the team has yet to finalize what the new moniker will be. Additionally, Washington could have some trouble trademarking its new name.

Washington first announced it was undergoing a "thorough review" of its name on July 3 after several major sponsors publicly pressured the team about changing the name.

"This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field," Washington owner Dan Snyder said July 3.

Regardless if the new name is announced Monday or not, a change is imminent. NBC Sports Washington and multiple other sources have reported that the team will not play another game as the 'Washington Redskins' ever again.

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Could Washington have trouble trademarking its new team name?

Could Washington have trouble trademarking its new team name?

A name change for Washington's football team appears imminent, as reports surfaced Sunday evening that the team plans to retire the name 'Redskins' on Monday.

As the team continues to delve through the process of changing its name, there's one man who could potentially stand in the team's way. That would be trademarking guru Martin McCaulay.

McCaulay has applied for several different trademarks of the team's potential new name in recent weeks, according to ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio, via the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

According to a search done by Florio, McCaulay has applied for trademarks for the following: Redtails, Renegades, Monuments, Veterans and Red-Tailed Hawks. All of these applications have come in after July 3, the day Washington announced it was undergoing a thorough review of its name.

It's worth noting that McCaulay has not applied for the trademark of popular fan choice, the 'Washington Red Wolves.' Washington owner Dan Snyder had previously applied for the trademark on 'Washington Warriors,' but has since abandoned it, according to the Washington Times. McCauley filed an application for 'Washington Warriors' in 2015.

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This is nothing new for McCaulay. In 2015, he applied for several trademarks for potential Washington team name replacements, including Americans, Bravehearts, Federals, Forces, Founders, Gladiators, Monuments, Natives, Pandas, Pigskins, Red-Tailed Hawks, Renegades, Sharks, Veterans, and Tribe. At the time, he told FOX5 he had spent over $20,000 to secure the trademarks.

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As Washington plans to change its name, having a new moniker before the 2020 season begins could be quite difficult.

In an interview with NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay, former NFL executive Andrew Brandt said that it would take a "Herculean effort" for Washington to have a new moniker by Week 1 due to the trademarking and licensing that comes with the rebrand.

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