Harden's 31 hands Rockets 5th-straight win
January 10, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
HOUSTON -- James Harden scored 31 points and Chandler Parsons added 20 to help Houston win its fifth straight with a 125-112 victory over short-handed Los Angeles.
Houston trailed by as many as 14 in the first half, but used a pair of runs in the third quarter to go on top and build a big lead. Jeremy Lin added 19 points, 5 assists, 6 rebounds and 4 steals while Carlos Delfino had 19 points for the Rockets.
Metta World Peace had a season-high 24 points for the Lakers, who were playing without their top three big men: Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill — all out with injuries. Kobe Bryant added 20 for the Lakers and Steve Nash had 16 as they tied a season high with their fourth straight loss.
The Rockets have rallied from double-digit deficits for their last three wins.
Pacers 87, Heat 77 In Indianapolis, Paul George had 29 points and 11 rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers held Miami to a season-low point total in an 87-77 win over the Heat on Tuesday night.
George made four 3-pointers to get the best of his matchup with LeBron James. David West added 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Lance Stephenson chipped in with 13 points for the Pacers (21-14), who have won 11 of their last 13 games.
Dwyane Wade scored 30 points and James had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Miami (23-10), which still has the best record in the Eastern Conference.
It was the first time the teams had met since Miami beat the Pacers in six games in the conference semifinals last year.
Miami entered the game leading the NBA in field goal percentage, while Indiana led the league in field goal percentage defense. The matchup resulted in the Heat scoring only 35 points in the second half, their lowest-scoring half of the season.
Bucks 108, Suns 99 In Milwaukee, Brandon Jennings scored 29 points and Milwaukee gave Jim Boylan a win in his first game as coach with a victory over Phoenix.