Rockets rout Knicks as Harden scores 33
HOUSTON – James Harden scored 33 points, and Chandler Parsons had a career-high 31 to help the Houston Rockets coast to a 131-103 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night.
Jeremy Lin added 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists for Houston in the first game against his former team.
The Rockets entered the third quarter up by 12, and scored 10 straight points later in the quarter to extend their lead to 21.
Carmelo Anthony had a season-high 37 for New York, which dropped consecutive games for the first time this season.
Grizzlies 106, Lakers 98: At Memphis, Tenn., Rudy Gay scored 21 points, Mike Conley added 19, and Memphis beat Los Angeles to improve to an NBA-best 9-2.
Zach Randolph had 17 points and 12 rebounds, Marc Gasol added 14 points and eight assists.
The Lakers, playing their third road game in four nights, have lost all four road games this season and their second straight with new coach Mike D’Antoni on the bench. Kobe Bryant scored 14 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter. Metta World Peace and Antawn Jamison each had 16.
Celtics 108, Thunder 100: At Boston, Paul Pierce scored 22 of his 27 points in the second half, and Boston beat Oklahoma City to snap a two-game losing streak.
Kevin Garnett had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Rajon Rondo finished with 16 assists and eight rebounds for the Celtics. They led by 14 points in the second half and held on after the Thunder cut it to three with under 2 minutes remaining.
Nets 86, Clippers 76: At New York, Brook Lopez had 26 points, including consecutive baskets during the decisive stretch, and Brooklyn shut down Los Angeles in the fourth quarter.
Spurs 104, Pacers 97: At Indianapolis, Tony Parker scored 33 points, and San Antonio overcame a 17-point deficit to beat Indiana to improve to 10-3.
Nuggets 102, Warriors 91: At Denver, Andre Iguodala scored a season-high 29 points – 20 in the second half – and Ty Lawson had 18 points and nine assists to help Denver win its third straight game.
Suns 111, Hornets 108 (OT): At Phoenix, Markieff Morris scored a career-high 23 points, including a 3-pointer in overtime, and Phoenix rallied from a 19-point third-quarter deficit to hand New Orleans its sixth straight loss.
Hawks 101, Bobcats 91: At Charlotte, N.C., Al Horford had 26 points and 13 rebounds to help Atlanta beat Charlotte for its fourth consecutive victory.
Magic 108, Cavaliers 104: At Orlando, Fla., Jameer Nelson had 22 points and six assists, and Arron Afflalo added 19 in Orlando’s comeback victory over Cleveland.
Jazz 104, Kings 102: At Salt Lake City, Gordon Hayward hit the winning basket with 4.5 seconds left and finished with 23 points in Utah’s comeback victory over Sacramento.
Pistons 91, Raptors 90: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Brandon Knight made a layup with 7.8 seconds left to lift Detroit past Toronto.