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Rockets rally to beat Pelicans 107-98
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New Orleans Pelicans' Jrue Holiday (11) tries to steal the ball from Houston Rockets' James Harden, left, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
December 28, 2013, 10:53 pm

HOUSTON (AP) Dwight Howard had 24 points and 17 rebounds, and James Harden scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter in the Houston Rockets' 107-98 comeback victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.

Chandler Parson added 19 points and seven rebounds, and Terrence Jones had 17 points and eight rebounds to help Houston win its third straight game and snap New Orleans' winning streak at two.

Jeremy Lin scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter, and the Rockets made three of five 3-point attempts in the quarter after going 3 of 21 from long range in the first three quarters.

Houston was 25 of 32 from the free-throw line, while New Orleans was 6 of 8.

Ryan Anderson had 22 points and 12 rebounds for New Orleans, and Anthony Davis added 18 points and 16 rebounds.

Tyreke Evans had 16 points and nine assists, Al-Farouq Aminu finished with 12 points, and Jason Smith, who missed the last three games with a right knee bone bruise, had 10 points.

New Orleans opened a 92-88 lead with 4:54 left on Davis' alley-oop dunk, but Jones cut it to one on a three-point play. Davis hit a jumper from above the free-throw line, and Lin tied it at 94 with a 3-pointer with 3 1/2 minutes remaining.

After Aminu's missed, Harden hit a 3-pointer to give the Rockets a 97-94 edge with 3:14 remaining. Jrue Holiday hit one of two free throws to cut it to two, but Howard made two free throws with 2:41 left to make it 99-95.

Following a New Orleans turnover, Harden hit a layup to give Houston a six-point lead with just over 2 minutes remaining. Aminu hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to three, and Harden missed a 3-pointer on Houston's possession. Parsons then made a steal and scored off a rebound with a minute remaining to make it 103-98.

Anderson missed a 3-pointer out of a timeout, and Harden hit a fadeaway jumper from inside the 3-point line with 22 seconds left to give Houston a 105-98 lead.

NOTES: New Orleans guard Eric Gordon sat out his second straight game because of a right hip contusion. ... Houston forward Greg Smith missed his fourth straight game with a sprained right knee.

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