James Harden collected 23 points and seven assists and Beverley
finished with 20 points for the Rockets, who have won nine of their
last 10 games. Terrence Jones contributed 15 points and seven boards
while Chandler Parsons added 13 points and seven assists.
Goran Dragic scored a career-high 35 points and Gerald Green scored
23 for the Suns. Markieff Morris chipped in 21 points and seven
boards off the bench for Phoenix, which had a three-game winning
streak come to an end.
Houston took its first lead of the fourth quarter on Beverley’s
3-pointer that made it 111-110 with 34.9 seconds left and made it a
three-point gap when Beverley hit a pair of free throws with 20
seconds left. Dragic drove for a layup to cut it to 113-112 but
Donatas Motiejunas knocked down two free throws and Dragic came up
short on a last-second 3-pointer.
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Houston came out strong with a 30-point first quarter but the Suns
controlled the middle of the game, putting up a total of 77 points
in the second and third quarters as Dragic and Green took turns
carrying the offense to bring the Suns into the fourth quarter with
a 93-83 advantage. Phoenix was up 98-89 with 7:41 left before the
Rockets used an 11-2 burst — aided by a clear path foul on Marcus
Morris after a turnover — to tie it up.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Dragic scored 25 of his points in the first half and
set a new career high for the second time this month. … Houston
outrebounded Phoenix 43-34 and got the better of the Suns in the
paint 64-42. … Harden was in the starting lineup despite suffering a
hyperextended right elbow in a loss at Golden State on Thursday.
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