The Houston Rockets got all that they could handle Monday night, but were able to come out on top with a 110-104 win in double-overtime. Dwight Howard was able to control the paint early on, as the Rockets jumped out to a 14 point halftime lead.
Howard finished with 18 points and 24 rebounds, while James Harden, playing with an injured foot, toughened it up throughout the game to put up 26 points and 10 assists.
Chandler Parsons played the role of iron man, as he was on the floor for 50 minutes. Parsons added 18 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and opened the game with a nice lob pass to Howard to put the Rockets on the board.
It wasn’t a pretty shooting night for the Raptors, but they were able to make some noise of their own. DeMar DeRozan shot 6 of 25 from the field, but was able to finish with 22 points, 4 steals, and a highlight reel dunk in the first half.
Rudy Gay lead the 4th quarter surge from the Raptors, finishing with a team high 29 points, while adding 10 rebounds. His incredible 3-pointer over the arms of Parsons in the 1st overtime session extended the game for 5 more minutes.
In the end, it was Jeremy Lin’s big performance off the bench that helped the Rockets close out the game. Lin didn’t record an assist, but lead the team with 31 points, including 9 in the overtime sessions.