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           === Harden's triple-double helps Rockets edge Bobcats ===
 Houston,  TX (Sports  Network) - James Harden notched his first-career triple-
 double  to lead the Houston Rockets to a 109-95 win over the Charlotte Bobcats
 at Toyota Center.
 Harden  finished with  21 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds. Chandler Parsons
 scored  24  points and pulled  down 10 boards  and Patrick Patterson scored 24
 points,  14 of  which came in the  fourth quarter, for the Rockets, winners in
 four of their last five.
 Omer Asik added 19 points and 15 rebounds in the triumph.
 Kemba  Walker scored  24 points  and Ramon  Sessions added  20 points  and six
 assists  for the Bobcats, losers in three straight and six of their last seven
 Bobcats  forward  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist  left  in  the fourth  quarter  after
 suffering  a  head  and  neck  injury  following  a  collision  with  teammate
 Jeff Taylor.
 Kidd-Gilchrist   was   injured  while   attempting  to  block  Toney  Douglas'
 fastbreak  layup. Kidd-Gilchrist  was  hit  in the  head  and  neck area  from
 behind by the hip of Taylor, who also attempted to block Douglas on the play.
 Kidd-Gilchrist,  who  was selected  second  overall  in  the 2012  NBA  Draft,
 remained on the ground for several minutes before being removed from the court
 on a stretcher and was later taken to a local hospital in an ambulance.
 The  Bobcats released  a statement well after the game and said Kidd-Gilchrist
 was  alert and  had  movement in  all extremities  before  leaving the  Toyota
 Center.  He  underwent precautionary X-rays  and a CT  scan, all of which were
 negative for head and neck injuries. He does have a concussion and will remain
 hospitalized overnight for observation.
 Houston held a slim, 79-77 lead entering the final frame, but the Bobcats used
 an 11-4 run to go up 88-83 with 8:38 left.
 The  Rockets, though,  countered with a 16-11  swing to take a 99-93 lead with
 just over four minutes left.
 The Bobcats would score just two points the rest of the way.
 "I think everybody played well tonight. We had a stretch in that third quarter
 where we let them back into the game and they took advantage of it but we had
 to really lock down, especially the last seven or eight minutes of the game,
 to get the victory," Harden said.
 Houston led 32-27 after the first period and took a 62-51 lead into the break.
 Charlotte  outscored  the Rockets, 26-17,  in the  third period to pull within
 "On the boards it felt like they kind of got to us," Sessions said. "We were
 going small and trying to get them on the offensive end. We gave ourselves a
 chance. Teams like Houston, you have to jump on them early. I think we gave
 them the lead early in the first quarter and never got back to the way we
 needed it."
                                   Game Notes
 Houston  outscored  Charlotte, 58-32, in  the paint  ... The Rockets scored 21
 points  off of  13 Bobcats  turnovers  ... Harden  set a  career-high with  11
 rebounds  ...  Charlotte's Gerald  Henderson and Jeff  Taylor scored 15 points
 apiece in the setback.
 02/03 00:59:21 ET

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