Harden, Rockets beat Hornets 104-92

Harden, Rockets beat Hornets 104-92
January 2, 2013, 10:36 pm
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HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 02: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets drives against Greivis Vasquez #21 and Ryan Anderson #33 of the New Orleans Hornets at Toyota Center on January 2, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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HOUSTON (AP) James Harden had 31 points and seven assists to lead the Houston Rockets to a 104-92 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.

When he couldn't find a rhythm from beyond the arc, Harden took to the paint, where he scored 16 of his points. Houston outscored New Orleans 60-28 in the paint.

Harden has led the Rockets in scoring for 14 straight games, not including a Dec. 10 loss to San Antonio where he was sidelined with an ankle injury.

Omer Asik had 21 points and eight rebounds, and forward Patrick Patterson scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, adding nine rebounds in the game.