Phoenix Suns vs. Houston Rockets: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistDecember 4, 2013

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The Phoenix Suns captured a 97-88 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night to improve to 10-9 on the season. The Rockets fell to 13-7 with the loss. 

Without Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin, the Rockets' offense sputtered throughout, and Houston managed to shoot just 35.2 percent from the field and 29 percent from three in the loss. 

The most disappointing individual performance came courtesy of James Harden, who shot 3-of-17 from the field and 0-of-10 from three en route to 14 points and a team-worst mark of minus-20. 

Dwight Howard double-doubled with 15 points and 18 rebounds but hit on just four of his 11 attempts from the field. 

Eric Bledsoe led the Suns with 20 points while Goran Dragic added in 19, but it was P.J. Tucker who really came up large in the upset win. 

Tucker poured in 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting (including two threes) in 40 minutes of action and played some nice defense on Harden, as well. 

Marcus Morris added eight points off the bench while Channing Frye dropped in 14 on 50 percent shooting. 

Despite two 8-0 runs from Houston to open the third and fourth quarters, the Suns stood tall and withstood the charges thanks to the combined efforts of Bledsoe and Dragic.  

Houston turned the ball over 23 times on the night, and Phoenix capitalized to the tune of 25 points off of those giveaways.