Harden, Asik lead Rockets past Nets

Harden, Asik lead Rockets past Nets
January 26, 2013, 10:35 pm
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HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 26: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets shoots the ball against the Brooklyn Nets on January 26, 2013 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)


HOUSTON (AP) James Harden scored 29 points, Chandler Parsons added 16 points and a career-high 11 assists and the Houston Rockets beat Brooklyn 119-106 on Saturday night for their 12th consecutive win over the Nets.

Omer Asik had 20 points and 16 rebounds for the Rockets, who outrebounded the Nets 50-31 and outscored Brooklyn 60-24 in the paint.

Nets star Deron Williams scored 27 points, but cooled off after a 20-point first quarter. He was ejected with 1:07 left after arguing a call with referee David Jones. Brook Lopez scored 21 points and Joe Johnson added 13 for Brooklyn.

Jeremy Lin had 14 points, nine assists and six turnovers for the Rockets.