Terrence Jones added 18 points and Dwight Howard returned from a
three-game absence with 10 points and 10 rebounds as Houston swept a
two-game road trip. Chandler Parsons chipped in 11 points and Jeremy
Lin had 10 for Houston.
Kemba Walker scored 22 points and Al Jefferson collected 20 points
and 11 boards for the Bobcats. Gerald Henderson added 13 points as
Charlotte fell for the third time in four games.
Linís 3-pointer with 10:45 left bumped the Rocketsí lead to 83-70
before the Bobcats took off on a 13-5 run to chop the deficit to
five points. Parsons and Patrick Beverley knocked down back-to-back
3-pointers to extend the lead to 98-87 with a minute left as Houston
put it away.
Hardenís jumper sent the Rockets in to the half with a 54-50 lead.
Charlotte took a 66-65 lead on Jeffersonís free throws before Harden
scored nine points during a 13-2 run to close the third quarter to
send Houston into the fourth up 78-68.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Harden is averaging 32 points in the last three games
and is 15-for-25 from 3-point range in that span. Ö The Bobcats
struggled to 4-of-21 from beyond the arc while the Rockets hit
12-of-27 3-point attempts. Ö Howard (ankle) played 33 minutes and
went 4-of-9 from the field in his return.
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