Houston Rockets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: Live Score and Analysis

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 22, 2014

HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 20: James Harden
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The Houston Rockets defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-111 on Saturday night behind game-highs of 37 points and 11 assists from James Harden

The Rockets (47-22) have now won three games in a row while the Cavaliers (26-44) have dropped four straight. 

On a night when offense reigned supreme, the Rockets scored at least 34 points in the first and third quarters, which allowed them to coast during a fourth quarter in which the Cavaliers outscored the opposition by 15 (32-17). 

With Dwight Howard inactive once again due to an ankle injury, Harden carried the load behind 9-of-15 shooting and 14-of-14 shooting from the free-throw line while Chandler Parsons added 16 points, six assists and four rebounds. 

In total, six Rockets players finished in double figures, including Jeremy Lin (13 points), Terrence Jones (14 points) and Patrick Beverley (15 points). 

Omer Asik was steady in place of Howard, totaling nine points, nine rebounds and two blocks in 33 minutes. 

Dion Waiters led the Cavaliers with 26 points on 11-of-20 shooting while dishing out eight assists and pulling down four rebounds. 

Matthew Dellavedova recorded a team-high 10 assists and scored 14 points off the pine, each of which tied career-highs. 

Next up for the Rockets is a matchup with the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday while the Cavs are set to square off against the New York Knicks on Sunday. 

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