Houston Rockets win without James Harden

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Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul shoots over Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin in the first half on Saturday.  BOB LEVEY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
BOB LEVEY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul shoots over Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin in the first half on Saturday.

HOUSTON — Jeremy Lin, Chandler Parsons and Francisco Garcia scored 15 points apiece to lead the Houston Rockets to a 98-81 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night.

Houston was playing without shooting guard and leading scorer James Harden, who missed his third game of the season with a right ankle sprain.

Garcia had his best game as a Rocket, hitting 3 of 5 shots from beyond the arc as a spark off the bench to help Houston snap a two-game losing streak.

Lin and Parsons combined for 13 points in the third quarter, when the Rockets outscored Los Angeles 30-13. The rally gave Houston a 22-point lead heading into the fourth, and Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro had seen enough.

Point guard Chris Paul was the only Clippers starter to play in the final quarter, finishing with 19 points, seven assists and three steals.

MAVERICKS 100, BULLS 98

In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki hit a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds left and the Mavericks rallied to beat Chicago.

The Mavericks trailed by 12 in the fourth quarter, but Nowitzki scored Dallas’ last eight points in a closing 15-1 run over the final 3½ minutes of the game. He finished with a season-high 35 points.

After Jimmy Butler missed two free throws with 15.9 seconds remaining, Nowitzki connected on the winning 3 with Luol Deng running at him. Chicago’s Nate Robinson then missed a jumper at the buzzer that would have tied it.

Robinson scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth in Chicago’s first game since ending the Miami Heat’s 27-game winning streak.

GRIZZLIES 99,

TIMBERWOLVES 86

In Minneapolis, Marc Gasol scored 21 points and Memphis pulled away in the fourth quarter.

Mike Conley scored 19, Zach Randolph 14 and Darrell Arthur had 12 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter for the Grizzlies, who ended a five-game road losing streak with their 11th consecutive victory over Minnesota.

Ricky Rubio just missed his second career triple-double with 23 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

Derrick Williams added 19 points for the Timberwolves, who were playing without center Nikola Pekovic. He missed the game after spraining his left ankle Friday late in a victory over Oklahoma City.

76ERS 100, BOBCATS 92

In Philadelphia, Jrue Holiday scored 10 straight points down the stretch, Evan Turner finished with 21 and Philadelphia beat Charlotte.

After going 1 for 9 in the first three quarters, Holiday got 11 of his 14 points in the fourth to help the Sixers win for the seventh time in 11 games.

Spencer Hawes had 19 points and Thaddeus Young and Damien Wilkins each scored 15 for Philadelphia.


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