HOUSTON — Houston Rockets guard James Harden scored 18 points, Chandler Parsons had 16 points and 11 rebounds, Chandler Howard had 14 points and 10 assists and Dwight Howard had 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Rockets.
Houston defeated the Utah Jazz 93-90 on Wednesday night.
Houston has lost five of six, including a four-game skid against the Jazz.
The Rockets (17-19) have lost four of five against the Golden State Warriors (13-21), Los Angeles Lakers (9-13) and Minnesota Timberwolves (7-11).
“I’m excited about the way we played, and I’m excited for our next game,” Harden said.
“It’s a big win.
Howard had 15 points and Parsons added 14 points for Houston, which held Utah to 36.8 percent shooting and scored a season-low 29 points in the first half. “
I think we showed that tonight.”
Howard had 15 points and Parsons added 14 points for Houston, which held Utah to 36.8 percent shooting and scored a season-low 29 points in the first half.
Parsons scored eight points on 4-of-12 shooting for Utah, which lost its sixth straight and lost its third straight.
“We’ve got to be much more aggressive,” Parsons said.
Utah made its first three 3-pointers in the opening minute, but the Rockets missed all six.
Harden had 14 assists and Parsons had nine points.
The Jazz got back into the game late and pulled to 102-94 with 2:05 left.
Harden finished with 25 points and seven assists.
Howard had eight points and nine rebounds for Utah.
“There’s a lot to come out of this,” Parsons told the team’s official website.
“That’s what we need to do, to make sure we’re doing everything we can to stay on this win streak and stay in it.”
Harden scored 17 points in his first game since returning from a hamstring injury Feb. 20.
Parsons was sidelined for three games and has scored 19 points in all of January.
Houston will play four more games in January before hosting Golden State on Wednesday.
Utah will play two games in the next three days before playing the Golden States on Feb. 22.
The Warriors are 4-0 against the NBA and 1-1 against Western Conference teams.
“They’re a great basketball team, and we just had a good matchup,” Harden told the league’s official site.
Harden, who scored a career-high 36 points in Utah’s victory Feb. 17, had 24 points and eight rebounds for his fourth triple-double in four games. “
But when they did make a couple of tough shots, I thought that we did a good job of not letting them get to the free throw line.”
Harden, who scored a career-high 36 points in Utah’s victory Feb. 17, had 24 points and eight rebounds for his fourth triple-double in four games.
Parsons added 16 points.
Howard finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks in his return from a knee injury that sidelined him for 10 games.
The Lakers were without Bryant, who had a torn meniscus in his left knee.
The Clippers lost for the third time in five games.
Utah beat the Rockets 91-90 at home Feb. 12.
The Blazers also beat the Lakers 97-94 in the last meeting Feb. 7.
Portland had lost three of four.
Howard was held to 10 points on 3-of -11 shooting for the Jazz in Utah.
Utah shot 58 percent from the field in the second half and led by as many as 20 points in a 94-85 loss at Los Angeles on Jan. 16.
Howard has scored 25 points in five of his last six games against the Lakers, averaging 29.8 in his last eight matchups.