The Houston Rockets defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 100-89 on Monday night behind 31 points on 11-of-19 shooting (4-of-7 from three) from James Harden.
The Rockets (48-22) have now won four straight games while the Bobcats (34-37) have lost three of their last four.
On a night when the Rockets shot 12-of-27 from beyond the arc and limited the Bobcats to 19 percent (4-of-21) shooting from three, Kevin McHale's squad received double-figure efforts from five players, including Dwight Howard.
In his first appearance since March 16 after suffering an ankle injury, Howard was steady, scoring 10 points and pulling down 10 rebounds while dishing out four assists in 33 minutes.
Terrence Jones added 18 points (9-of-15 shooting) and seven rebounds while Jeremy Lin chipped in 10 points, four rebounds and three assists off the bench.
After an 0-of-6 start, Chandler Parsons' production picked up in the second half and the Houston swingman finished with 11 points on 3-of-11 shooting, including two clutch threes in the final six minutes of the fourth quarter.
Kemba Walker led the Bobcats with 22 points on 7-of-19 shooting (2-of-6 from three), but it was Al Jefferson who steadied the ship on the offensive end.
Working down on the left block, Jefferson burned the Rockets for 20 points and 11 rebounds while dropping two dimes.
Josh McRoberts was steady as well, tallying 11 points and four assists in 34 minutes.
Next up for the Bobcats is a matchup with the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday while the Rockets are set to square off against the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday.
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