The Houston Rockets held on to beat the lowly Orlando Magic 111-103, after outscoring them by 22 points in the first half.
Without James Harden and Chandler Parsons on the floor, the Rockets started off on fire—led by Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik who ended the night with 43 combined points.
Most impressive though was Asik's performance, as he went 11-of-13 from the floor while grabbing 18 rebounds—five of which were on the offensive glass.
The Magic weren't ready to lay over and die though, as they came roaring back in the second half, outscoring the Rockets by 15 in the final two quarters of play.
Maurice Harkless and Tobias Harris led the way for the Magic with 46 combined points, but after such a slow start, it just wasn't enough to keep topple the offensively efficient Rockets.
As the Rockets keep trying to move up the Western Conference playoff standings, every game is important, and pulling this one out without Harden and Parsons was a big win for Houston.
Up next for the Rockets is a matchup on Wednesday night against the Sacramento Kings.
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