SAN ANTONIO – James Harden scored 31 points, Chandler Parsons had 25 and Houston overcame a furious second-half rally to beat San Antonio 112-106, handing the Spurs their first home defeat in eight games.
“It’s a great win for us,” Harden said. “Last year, we probably would have caved in; they would have beaten us by a lot. So, this year the improvement we’ve adjusted to has been tremendous. A back-to-back in San Antonio is always tough, but we showed resiliency and pulled out a great win.”
Harden had 16 points in the final quarter, going 4 for 8 from the field and 7 for 10 on free throws, in leading Houston (13-5) to its fifth straight victory.
The Rockets defeated Brooklyn 114-95 on Friday.
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Rockets center Dwight Howard had 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Tony Parker had 27 points, Tim Duncan added 20 and Marco Belinelli scored 18 for San Antonio (14-3), which has lost two of three.
Pondexter scores 22 in Memphis loss
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Joe Johnson scored 26 points, Brook Lopez added 12 of his 20 in the fourth quarter and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Memphis Grizzlies 97-88.
The Nets snapped a two-game losing streak and handed Memphis its fourth straight home loss.
Ex-Washington Husky Quincy Pondexter, who had not played in the Grizzlies’ two previous games, scored a career-high 22 points.
• John Wall had 26 points and 12 assists, Trevor Ariza scored 24 points and the host Washington Wizards defeated the Atlanta Hawks 108-101.
Martell Webster, a Seattle Prep graduate, added 19 points for the Wizards, who have won six of their last eight.
• Milwaukee, aided by O.J. Mayo’s 22 points, snapped its losing streak at 11 by defeating visiting Boston 92-85.
• Center Andrew Bynum had 20 points and five blocks to lead Cleveland past visiting Chicago 97-93.
Luol Deng scored 27 points for the Bulls, who finished their trip 1-5.