Harden, Lin each star in Rockets' win over Cavs

Harden, Lin each star in Rockets' win over Cavs
January 5, 2013, 9:30 pm
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Highlights: Rockets take down Cavs


James Harden struggled in the first half, but he came alive in the second to help lift the Rockets to their fourth straight win, 112-104 , over the Cavaliers. Harden had four points on 1-of-6 shooting at the half. By the end of things, he had 29 points and a career-high seven steals.

That total extended his string of 20-plus point games to 16 and his string of 25-plus point games to 12. While Harden struggled in the first half, that's when  Jeremy Lin was dominant. Lin had 15 first-half points on his way to a total of points with five assists. Greg Smith had his first career double double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Turning point

The Rockets led by nine points late, but the Cavs whittled it down to a three-point game with just over a minute to go. With 45 seconds left, Harden nailed a jumper that extended the Rockets' lead to 108-103. Those points also extended his 25-plus points streak. However, the important thing was that the shot gave the Rockets the needed breathing room to win.

From the field

The Rockets keep on firing those three-pointers, with 34 attempts on Saturday night. They made 12 of their deep shots. Overall, they shot 37-79 for 46.8 percent.

At the line

Houston shot 26-36 from the line for 72.2 percent.

Highlight reel

Greg Smith had his usual array of highlight-worthy dunks. Marcus Morris also had a nice flush. Harden had a shot-clock buzzer-beating deep three that was impressive.

Up next

The Rockets come back home to face the Lakers on Tuesday night. LA's lost three of their last four, but before that, they won five straight. This will be the first time the Rockets face a Lakers team with Steve Nash playing.