HOUSTON (AP) - James Harden tied a season high with 38 points and Dwight Howard added 20 points and 13 rebounds to propel the Houston Rockets to a 113-99 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.
Howard got his first win against his former team as the Rockets used a big third-quarter run to take the lead and send the injury-riddled Lakers to their third straight loss.
The Rockets trailed by a basket in the third quarter before going on a 17-2 run to take an 80-67 lead and roll to win.
Harden continued his recent torrid scoring with his third straight 30-point game. He has piled up 113 points in the last three games combined.
Nick Young scored 25 points to lead Los Angeles and Pau Gasol and Jodie Meeks scored 21 each.