The high-scoring Houston Rockets relied on defense for a change to earn a victory that will look far better in the standings.
Chandler Parsons scored 26 points, James Harden had 20 points and 11 assists and the Rockets overcame a horrendous shooting performance to beat the Golden State Warriors 94-88 on Friday night.
''We definitely had some positive steps in our defense,'' said Harden, who shot 3 for 17 from the floor. ''On the road, playoff-atmosphere game, it shows the type of camaraderie we've got and the kind of togetherness we're building.''
Jeremy Lin added 15 points and seven rebounds to help Houston improve to 3-0 against his former team this season in a matchup for Western Conference playoff position.
Omer Asik added 17 rebounds for the Rockets (34-29), who are one game behind the Warriors (35-28) for sixth place in the conference.
''That's important,'' Lin said. ''I actually didn't even think about (the tiebreaker) until today. But at the end of the day, if we don't ...