Harden, Rockets hand Lakers fourth straight loss

Updated: January 8, 2013

James Harden poured in a game-high 31 points and handed out nine assists on Tuesday, as the Houston Rockets defeated the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers, 125-112, at Toyota Center.

Chandler Parsons added 20 points, while Jeremy Lin and Carlos Delfino donated
19 points apiece for the Rockets, who have won five straight and 10 of their
last 12 games.

Los Angeles was playing without two-thirds of its starting frontcourt, as
center Dwight Howard and forward Pau Gasol are both out indefinitely.

Howard sustained a torn labrum in his right shoulder and will be re-examined
in a week, while Gasol did not make the trip to Houston due to a concussion.

Metta World Peace paced the Lakers with 24 points and Kobe Bryant followed
with 20 points, seven assists and five boards in the setback, Los Angeles’
fourth in a row.

Steve Nash notched his 10,000th assist in the loss, making him the fourth
fastest to reach the mark in NBA history (1,162 games). He finished with 16
points and 10 assists.