Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - James Harden scored 27 points despite making
just two field goals and the Houston Rockets used a big fourth-quarter run to
beat the Memphis Grizzlies 100-92 on Thursday.
The Rockets made a 19-4 run with Dwight Howard on the bench, turning a 76-66
deficit into an 85-80 lead with 5 1/2 minutes remaining. Jeremy Lin scored 10
of his 18 points during the surge, the last two on an over-the-shoulder layup
after dribbling the length of the court.
Harden was 22-of-25 on free throws. He scored the first Houston points of the
game on a 3-pointer then didn't hit another field goal until there were under
two minutes left in the game.
Terrence Jones had 20 points and Chandler Parsons scored 15 with 11 rebounds
for the Rockets, who were coming off a 13-point win over Southwest Division-
leading San Antonio in a Christmas Day road game. They have won two in a row
for the first time since Dec. 6 and 8.
Howard had two points on 1-of-5 shooting in 18 minutes. He checked out with
7:52 remaining in the third quarter after picking up his fifth foul.
Zach Randolph scored 23 points with 17 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who had a
two-game winning streak snapped. They lost for the third time in their last
nine road games.
The Sports Network