With the Houston Rockets looking to shore up playoff positioning in the Western Conference, Sunday's matchup against the Denver Nuggets represented a golden opportunity.
Denver entered Sunday having lost six of its last 10 games, while Houston won six during the same span. A win would go a long way toward the Rockets holding on to the fourth seed out West.
Despite the fact Nuggets star point guard Ty Lawson sat out with a sprained ankle, Denver wasn't going down without a fight.
Backup point guard Aaron Brooks did his best Lawson impersonation, filling up the box score with 24 points, eight rebounds and 15 assists. And while it was enough to send the game to overtime, James Harden and the Rockets were too talented, overcoming a slight scare to get the win at home, 130-125.
Harden continued his torrid pace after the All-Star break, posting 32 points and 10 assists along with four steals.