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Harden leads Rockets past Grizzlies 100-92

Dec. 26, 2013 at 6:26 a.m.

Houston Rockets guard James Harden, center,  drives to the basket as Memphis Grizzlies'  Tony Allen, Jon Leuer  and Zach Randolph  defend during the second half  Thursday  in Houston. The Rockets won 100-92.

HOUSTON (AP) - James Harden scored 11 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Houston Rockets rally for a 100-92 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night.

Harden struggled from the field, going 2 for 9, but was 22 of 25 from the free throw line. He made 9 of 11 foul shots in the final quarter.

Jeremy Lin had 14 of his 18 points in the fourth as Houston won for the third time in four games. The Rockets were coming off an impressive 111-98 victory at San Antonio on Christmas.

Houston center Dwight Howard battled foul trouble for most of the game and was held to two points and six rebounds. He was whistled for his fifth foul with 7:52 left in the third and never returned to the action.

The Rockets made up for Howard's slow night with four players in double figures. Terrence Jones scored 20 points, and Chandler Parsons had 15 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.

Zach Randolph led Memphis with 23 points and 17 rebounds. The Grizzlies had won two in a row.

Trailing 76-66 with 10:55 to go, Houston used a 21-5 run over nearly six minutes to take an 87-81 lead on two Harden free throws with five minutes left. Lin powered the surge with 10 points, including two 3-pointers, and Harden added six points in the decisive stretch.

After trading 3-pointers, Harden extended Houston's lead to eight on a jumper with 1:49 remaining. Tayshaun Prince hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to five, but Houston went 8 for 10 at the line to close it out.

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