Thanks to a balanced attack in which five players scored at least 13 points, the Houston Rockets defeated the Phoenix Suns, 100-95, Saturday at the Toyota Center.
The Rockets led by 22 at one point, but the Suns' high-powered offense battled back before Patrick Beverley took over down the stretch. He scored 19 points, shot 5-of-8 from downtown and played his trademark physical defense on Goran Dragic.
Trevor Ariza also scored 19, but shot just 5-of-15 from the field. He was joined in his shooting struggles by James Harden, who scored 15 points on 5-of-21 shooting, but largely made up for it by grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out seven assists.
Donatas Motiejunas also had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Jason Terry scored 13 points and hit 3-of-3 from downtown.
The Suns were led by Eric Bledsoe, who scored 23 points on 7-of-17 shooting. Dragic chipped in with 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting. The typically dynamic duo was stymied all night by the aggressive defense of the Rockets.
The Suns will be on the road for their next game, taking on the Los Angeles Clippers, Monday at 10:30 p.m. ET. The Rockets will go on the road as well, where they'll face the Golden State Warriors, Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. ET.