Rockets beat Lakers 125-112 for 5th straight win

Rockets beat Lakers 125-112 for 5th straight win
January 8, 2013, 10:31 pm
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Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (24) drives the ball past Houston Rockets' Carlos Delfino (10) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

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HOUSTON (AP) James Harden scored 31 and Chandler Parsons added 20 to help the Houston Rockets pick up their fifth straight win, a 125-112 victory over the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night

Houston trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half, but used a pair of runs in the third quarter to go on top and build a big lead.

Metta World Peace had a season-high 24 points for the Lakers, who were playing without their top three big men Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill - all out with injuries.

Kobe Bryant added 20 for the Lakers and Steve Nash had 16 as they tied a season-high with their fourth straight loss.

The Rockets have rallied from double-digit deficits for their last three wins.

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