Source: Agencies | 2012-12-27 | NEWSPAPER EDITION
Jeremy Lin of the Houston Rockets (front) is defended by Nate Robinson of the Chicago Bulls during their NBA game in Chicago, Illinois, on Tuesday. The Rockets won 120-97.
JAMES Harden scored 26 points and Jeremy Lin added 20 points and 11 assists to spark the Houston Rockets to a 120-97 NBA victory over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday.
The Rockets improved to 15-12, sixth in the Western Conference, with their fourth victory in a row, a streak that began in New York when Lin returned to beat his former Knicks teammates at Madison Square Garden earlier this month.
Asian-American star Lin came off the Knicks bench last February to ignite a win streak for the club with shooting and clutch play that touched off a global phenomenon dubbed "Lin-sanity."
Chandler Parsons added 23 points for the Rockets, who outscored the Bulls 31-19 in the second quarter and 36-27 in the third period, pulling ahead by as much as 86-51 late in the third quarter.
Nate Robinson led the Bulls with 21 points, while Italy's Marco Belinelli added 15 points and Britain's Luol Deng contributed 14 for the Bulls, who fell to 15-12, falling behind Indiana (16-12) in the fight for the Central division lead.
The Los Angeles Clippers extended their franchise-record winning streak to 14 games by beating the Denver Nuggets 112-100 - and moved to the top of the NBA standings in the process.
Jamal Crawford led a dominant performance by the Los Angeles reserves with 22 points, while Matt Barnes added 20.
The Clippers' bench outscored the team's starters 64-48 in claiming the NBA's best record at 22-6, one win better than Oklahoma City. The Miami Heat defeated the Thunder 103-97 in an earlier match on Tuesday.
In the other NBA games on Christmas, the Boston Celtics defeated the struggling Brooklyn Nets 93-76, the Los Angeles Lakers beat the New York Knicks 100-94.
The Clippers haven't lost since November 26 when the New Orleans Hornets handed them their fourth straight defeat.