James Harden scored 29 points to lead Houston to a 115-101 NBA win over Milwaukee on Friday.
Harden shot 11 of 18 from the floor to go with seven assists and four steals for Houston.
The Rockets, who shot 54 percent from the field, also got 22 points from Carlos Delfino in his return to Milwaukee.
Delfino had played for the Bucks from 2009 to last year before signing with Houston as an unrestricted free agent in the off-season.
The Rockets’ Jeremy Lin was taken to the locker room with 10 minutes, 34 seconds left in the third period with a minor injury after the left side of his head was slightly bloodied after he collided with the right cheek of Milwaukee’s Larry Sanders as the two scrambled for a loose ball near half-court.
He returned to the bench with just under three minutes left in the period and started the fourth quarter.
“I just know that when I came back, our guys were flying around with high energy,” Lin said.
“We were getting stops, just the way we’re supposed to play, the way that we’ve played in the past in some spurts,” Lin said on the Rockets’ official Web site.
“And then we just tried to carry it over to the fourth quarter,” he added.
Milwaukee equaled a season worst by losing their third game in a row, despite 16 points from Brandon Jennings.