Rockets rally for 130-125 OT win over Denver

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 6, 2014 at 10:06 pm •  Published: April 6, 2014
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HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's Chandler Parsons was having a tough night and it seemed as if his shots would never fall.

Fortunately for him and the Rockets, he was able to turn things around when it mattered most.

James Harden had 32 points and Parsons scored eight points in overtime to lift the Rockets to a 130-125 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night.

Denver led by one in overtime when Houston made three consecutive 3-pointers to make it 130-122 with less than two minutes left. Parsons made the last two and high-fived with fans on the front row as he ran down the court after sinking the second one.

Parsons, who played in college at Florida, joked that he might have had a difficult game on Sunday because he was still smarting from seeing the No. 1 overall seed Gators lose to Connecticut in the Final Four a night before.

"It was just one of those games where I couldn't get anything going," he said. "(I was) still probably upset about the Florida game last night, I guess ... I was just glad I could knock those shots down when they mattered."

Houston had a franchise-record, 47-point second quarter, but Denver overcame a 17-point halftime deficit to tie it at 88 entering the fourth period.

Harden was disappointed the Rockets let their big lead slip away.

"We didn't quit," he said. "We shouldn't have even put ourselves in that situation. The last four minutes of the game we played the way we should have played in the third quarter."

The Rockets then trailed by eight late in regulation before using a 9-1 run, capped by a 3-pointer by Harden under heavy pressure from Randy Foye, to tie it at 117 with 7.1 seconds remaining.

Foye made one of two free throws for Denver before Harden's shot. Foye had a chance to win it in regulation, but his jump shot was short.

"We basically gave it to them," Foye said. "We tried to come out and be the spoiler ... but we had some turnovers at the end and a lot of things went their way at the end."

Evan Fournier scored 26 points and Aaron Brooks added 24 points and 15 assists against his former team. Brooks, who was traded to Denver on Feb. 20 for Jordan Hamilton, started for Ty Lawson, who was out with a left ankle sprain.

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