Memphis Grizzlies vs. Houston Rockets: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistDecember 26, 2013

Oct 25, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph (50) and Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) talk during a timeout during the second quarter at FedExForum. The Rockets won 92-73. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports
Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, 100-92, on Thursday night to improve to 20-11 on the season. 

Despite shooting 21 percent (5-of-24) from three, the Rockets were able to overcome a 14-point deficit thanks to the play of Jeremy Lin, James Harden and Chandler Parsons, who carried Houston down the stretch. The Rockets outscored the Grizzlies, 34-20, in the fourth quarter. 

Harden scored a game-high 27 points despite making just two field-goals thanks to 22-of-25 shooting from the three-throw line. By comparison, the Grizzlies made just 11 free-throws and attempted 20 as a team. 

The Rockets were also able to overcome the poor play of Dwight Howard, who put forth a putrid effort on both ends of the floor. In foul trouble all night long, Howard sat for the entirety of the fourth quarter and finished the night with two points and six rebounds in 18 minutes. 

Lin added 18 points and six rebounds while Parsons posted a double-double with 15 points and 11 boards in the win. Terrence Jones was excellent, particularly in the first half, and finished with 20 points on 10-of-14 shooting. 

For the Grizzlies, Zach Randolph led all scorers with 23 points and 17 rebounds while James Johnson dropped in 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting off the bench. 

Mike Conley was the only other Memphis player to finish in double-figures, as he scored 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting. He also led all players with six assists. 

Next up for the Grizzlies is a home game against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday while the Rockets will host the New Orleans Pelicans after a day off on Friday.