NBA Game Summary - Washington at Houston|
(Wednesday, December 12th)
Final Score: Houston 99, Washington 93
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - James Harden returned from a brief one-game
absence and netted 17 of his 31 points in the first quarter and the Houston
Rockets downed the Washington Wizards, 99-93, on Wednesday.
Harden, who missed Monday's game against the San Antonio Spurs with an ankle
injury, was 10-of-20 from the field for Houston, which snapped a three-game
"That was the kind of James game where he just makes plays and attacks,"
Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said.
Coming off a career high-tying 38-point performance, Jeremy Lin tallied 10
points, six assists and five rebounds for the Rockets, while Chandler Parsons
recorded 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter in the win.
Bradley Beal had 20 points and six assists for the Wizards, who were 3-3 over
their last six games coming in after beginning the year 0-12.
"We just take too many tough, bad shots in situations sometimes," Washington
head coach Randy Wittman said. "You have to move the ball and we don't and
that gets us in trouble and we fall in a hole.
Houston entered the fourth with a four-point cushion, which increased to 10
after it began the final frame on a 10-4 spurt.
Toney Douglas, who nailed a shot from beyond half court at the first-half
buzzer, had seven points during the run and the Rockets led, 78-68, with 8:25
Later, Jordan Crawford's jumper cut the deficit to 90-84 with 2:15 to play,
but Parsons hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to put the game away.
Parsons hit a triple from the right wing and after Crawford buried a three-
ball at the other end, Parsons, aided by a friendly rim, nailed his second
trey from the left corner for a 96-87 Rockets margin with 1:07 to play.
The Rockets jumped out to a 27-17 lead after a quarter of play, but Washington
outscored the hosts, 25-18, in the second and cut the deficit to 45-42 heading
into the break.
Houston took a 68-64 edge into the final frame.
Omer Asik registered 16 rebounds for the Rockets ... Houston held a 40-30
points in the paint advantage ... Houston turned the ball over 12 times in the
first half, but just six times in the second.
12/13 01:53:32 ET