Highlights: Rockets beat up 76ers
The Rockets led from beginning to end, withstanding a few Sixers spurts, to win 125-103. James Harden led the way with 33 points. For the second straight game, the Harden-Jeremy Lin duo was dynamic. They combined for 51 points. Lin had 18 of those points. Omer Asik also had a big game with 17 points and 15 rebounds, his first double double since December 10 (that's a long time for him). Greg Smith scored double digits off the bench as he was yet again an energizer bunny.
The Rockets were allowing the Sixers to hang around, leading 81-78 in the third quarter. All of a sudden, Greg Smith happened. Spurred by four straight Smith hoops, Houston went on a 10-1 run to grab a 91-79 lead that put them in comfort zone for good.
FROM THE FIELD
The Rockets started off the game hitting six of their first seven field goals. Naturally, they couldn't keep that streak up, but they did finish 42-75 for .560 percent. From the outside, they were 11-27 (.407 percent).
Jeremy Lin made his first six field goals of the game.
AT THE LINE
Another outstanding effort by the Rockets getting to the line and converting their free throws. For the game, they made 30-36 free throws. That's .833 percent.
Late in the third quarter, Greg Smith went absolutely bananas with a dunk while going through the lane. That was part of the game-turning run. Chandler Parsons made a statement with a follow jam as he got his own rebound off a missed three from the corner to make it 98-88. James Harden threw down a nasty Tomahawk Slam for his final two points.
The Grizzlies come into town on Saturday night. Red Nation knows Memphis well. The Rockets faced them during the preseason and also on November 9, when the Grizz won 93-85. Memphis' record is 16-6, good enough to sit atop their division.