In a battle between two postseason contenders, the Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets put on an offensive show that ended in a 119-106 win for the home team in Houston.
In the first half, the Rockets raced out to a 62-49 lead, only to see the Nets cut the lead down to nine at the end of the third quarter.
But in the final frame, the Rockets cruised to a 13-point victory, led by James Harden's seven dimes and 29 points, including eight in the fourth quarter.
Houston also got a big performances out of Omer Asik, who put up 20 points and 16 rebounds, and Jeremy Lin, who racked up 14 points and nine assists as the Rockets won for just the fourth time in 11 tries.
Brooklyn got solid production out of Deron Williams, who notched a double-double of his own with 27 points and 11 dimes, but it wasn't enough to get the Nets their eighth win in their last 10.
Player of the Game: Chandler Parsons, SF, Houston Rockets
This could've gone to Harden, who continued his stellar play after being named an All-Star for the first time of his career, or even to Asik, who was a pulling down boards all night.
But neither was quite as impressive as Chandler Parsons, who had a big night with 16 points, six rebounds and a career-high 11 assists, which was a big reason why the Rockets were a game-high plus-28 when he was on the floor.
Parsons' offensive production was even more impressive because his 16 points came purely on 7-of-11 shooting, as he didn't make a single trip to the line.
Up Next for Nets
On Monday, the Nets will hope to get back on track when they host the Orlando Magic, who have been one of the league's weakest teams as of late. Heading into their game against Brooklyn, the Magic have just two wins in their last 10 and sit more than five games outside the postseason picture in the Eastern Conference.
Up Next for Rockets
Houston will try to catch the team sitting directly above it in the Western Conference standings on Monday, when the Rockets travel to take on Al Jefferson and the Utah Jazz. The Jazz, led by Jefferson's 17.0 points per game and 9.8 boards per game have been on a tear during the month of January, winning eight of 11 in 2013.