Rockets step up and beat Jazz
There's a lot more to the Houston Rockets' offense than just James Harden.
Patrick Patterson scored 20 points, Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin had 19 apiece and the Rockets beat the Utah Jazz 124-116 on Saturday night.
Harden finished with 18 points and seven assists for the Rockets, who shot a season-best 55 percent (46 of 83) and hit half of their 3-point shots at 11 of 22. Greg Smith and Carlos Delfino each scored 13.
Houston scored a season-high 39 points in the fourth quarter, and it's averaging 113 points during a five-game home winning streak.
''There's a lot more balance, and I think the ball is moving,'' said Lin, who led Houston with eight assists. ''We're getting our bigs in a spot that they need to be to keep the floor spread. It's starting to look more and more dangerous.''