The Houston Rockets defeated the Denver Nuggets 130-125 Sunday night in an overtime thriller that saw the Rockets overcome a 14-point deficit with 4:30 remaining in regulation.
After scoring a franchise-record 47 points in the second quarter, the Rockets led by 17 at halftime, but coughed up that lead by the end of the third quarter, when the Nuggets outscored the opposition, 36-19.
James Harden led all scorers with 32 points and nailed a game-tying three-pointer with a shade over seven seconds remaining in regulation to tie things up at 117. He also dished out 10 assists and shot 11-of-12 from the free-throw line on a night when the Rockets attempted 27 more free throws than the Nuggets.
Starting in place of Dwight Howard, Omer Asik scored 18 points and tied a career-high with 23 rebounds (seven offensive) in 43 minutes.
Chandler Parsons added 15 points, including two huge three-pointers in overtime, while Jeremy Lin chipped in 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting.
Backup point guard Isaiah Canaan scored a career-high 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting (4-of-7 from three) in the win.
Aaron Brooks led the Nuggets with 24 points, a game-high 15 assists and eight rebounds against his former club on a night when Denver shot 48 percent from the field and 45 percent from three.
Quincy Miller poured in a career-high 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting (3-of-5 from three) while Kenneth Faried added 16 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks.
Evan Fournier poured in 26 points off the bench, as well.
Next up for the Rockets is a clash with the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday while the Nuggets will square off against Houston on Wednesday.
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