NBA: Houston 125, Philadelphia 103

Dec. 19, 2012 at 11:28 PM

HOUSTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- James Harden put on a shooting clinic Friday that allowed Houston to pull away in the fourth quarter for a 125-103 thrashing of Philadelphia.

The Rockets outscored Philadelphia 53-31 after the game was tied midway through the third period.


Harden was 7-of-12 from the field and missed just once in 18 free throw attempts for 33 points.

Jeremy Lin added 18 points and six assists while Omer Asik had 17 points and 15 rebounds. Houston won for the fourth time in five contests and moved one game above the .500 mark.

The 76ers are mired in a season-long, five-game losing streak. Nick Young led Philadelphia with 21 points and Dorell Wright had 20.

Houston went on a 17-8 run to end the third period and the 76ers came no closer than seven points in the final quarter.

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