Rockets bounce back with 123-104 win over Hawks

Rockets bounce back with 123-104 win over Hawks
December 31, 2012, 9:26 pm
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HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 31: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets shoots the ball over Kyle Korver #26 of the Atlanta Hawks on December 31, 2012 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

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HOUSTON (AP) James Harden had 28 points and the Houston Rockets rebounded from their worst loss of the season with a 123-104 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.

The Rockets were coming off a 30-point defeat by Oklahoma City and had allowed at least 120 points in their last two games - both losses.

On Monday night they used a 16-0 run in the second quarter to build a big lead and hold on for the win.

Lou Williams had 21 points to lead the Hawks, who saw a four game winning streak snapped with the loss.

Houston was up by 15 points in the fourth quarter before Atlanta used a 12-2 run to cut the lead to 102-97 with about five minutes remaining. Carlos Delfino scored five quick points after that, before a three-point play by Harden extended Houston's lead to 110-97 less than a minute and a half later.

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