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                  === Rockets hang on to take down Hornets ===
 Houston,  TX  (Sports Network)  - James  Harden scored 30  points to lead five
 Rockets in double figures, as Houston fended off a late rally to upend the New
 Orleans Hornets, 100-96, at Toyota Center.
 Omer  Asik  totaled 15 points and  12 rebounds for  the Rockets, who led by as
 many  as  21 but needed a  late bucket by  Chandler Parsons to close out their
 second win in three games.
 "We  can't  keep getting these  double-digit leads in  the first half and give
 them  away," said  Parsons, who recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10
 rebounds. "It's something we just have to clean up."
 Greivis  Vasquez  paced the Hornets  with a  career-high 24 points, while Ryan
 Anderson  chipped  in 20  points and  12 boards off  the bench. Anthony Davis,
 coming off his first career double-double in a win over Charlotte last Friday,
 was limited to eight points and four boards in his first road test.
 The winning team in this series has overcome a double-digit deficit in five of
 the previous six meetings, and New Orleans nearly continued the trend. Vasquez
 hit a runner and converted a three-point play to spark an 11-point Hornets run
 that cut their 21-point deficit to 72-62 midway through the third quarter.
 Houston's  85-76 lead entering the fourth was cut to two down the stretch when
 Vasquez  bookended an  Anderson putback with a pair of 3-pointers, pulling the
 visitors within 98-96 with 1:49 to play.
 Harden  missed  from long range  at the other  end, but Patrick Patterson came
 down  with  an offensive  rebound to  extend the  possession. Parsons then hit
 clutch a turnaround from 20 feet to make it a two-possession game again.
 Anderson,  Al-Farouq  Aminu and Vasquez all  missed from behind the arc in the
 final minute to end the comeback bid.
 The Rockets trailed, 27-25, after the first quarter, but erupted for 39 points
 in the second to build a lead they never relinquished.
 "You're  not going  to overcome  quarters  like that  on most  nights in  this
 league," Hornets head coach Monty Williams said. "When you have a quarter like
 that it's hard to rebound."
 Marcus  Morris  scored 11 of  his 13 points in  the frame, including a buzzer-
 beating  3-pointer, and the Rockets held the Hornets without a field goal over
 the final 6:23 to lead, 64-45.
                                   Game Notes
 This  was a matchup  of the two youngest teams in the NBA ... New Orleans made
 20-of-21  attempts  at the foul  line ...  Toney Douglas rounded out Houston's
 double-digit  scorers with  12 points ... Vasquez also posted a game-high nine
 11/15 01:11:06 ET

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