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 abo...