James Harden led the Rockets with 27 points, six rebounds and five assists despite shooting just two-of-nine from the field. Harden’s aggressiveness got him to the free throw line 25 times and he hit 22 of those free throws. Chandler Parsons added 15 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, Terrence Jones scored 20 points and Jeremy Lin had 18 points and six rebounds.
Dwight Howard picked up his fifth foul in the third quarter and scored just two points in only 18 minutes.
It was Lin and Parsons who made big shots down the stretch. During a 14-3 fourth quarter run, Lin provided half of the points, hitting a three-pointer, two free throws and a layup.
Zach Randolph had a monster game for the Grizzlies, finishing with 23 points, 17 rebounds and five assists. James Johnson had 12 points, five rebounds and three steals off of the bench while Mike Conley was the only other player to score in double figures. He had 11 points, six assists and four rebounds.
The win improves the Rockets to 20-11 while the Grizzlies fall to 12-16.