Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/25/13
NEW ORLEANS -- James Harden scored 17 of his game-high 30 points in the second half to lift the turnover-prone Houston Rockets to a 100-82 victory over the New Orleans Hornets Friday night at the New Orleans Arena. Winning for only the second time in 10 games, the Rockets broke open the game with a 26-11 spurt in a 5:58 stretch of the third quarter to take their biggest lead of the game, 74-55, with 4:09 left in the third period. Harden hit a pair of 3s and added two foul shots and a step-back jumper to key the streak, and Marcus Morris and Toney Douglas each hit 3-pointers. The Rockets made 4 of 6 from long range in the quarter and finished 11 of 21 for the game. Harden was a perfect 12 of 12 from the line, and he led the Rockets in scoring for the 22nd consecutive game. That helped erase 22 Rockets turnovers. The Hornets scored eight straight points to cut the deficit to 76-65, but Jeremy Lin closed the quarter with two foul shots and a layup after a bad inbounds pass, and...
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