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Rockets rally to master Memphis

WINNING STREAKS:Jeremy Lin scored 14 points in Houston’s victory, while the San Antonio Spurs and the Portland Trail Blazers both picked up their 11th straight wins

AP, MEMPHIS, Tennessee

Chandler Parsons scored 17 points, Omri Casspi added 16 and Jeremy Lin 14 as the Houston Rockets overcame a double-digit deficit to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 93-86 on Monday night.

Houston (10-5) trailed for most of the night and their 93 points were a season low, but the Rockets made a 14-2 run early in the fourth quarter, pushing ahead 67-65 on a pair free throws by Casspi with 8 minutes, 26 seconds remaining.

The Rockets played without All-Star guard James Harden, who missed his second straight game with a sore left foot. They have won five of their past six.

It was the Grizzlies’ first full game since center Marc Gasol was lost indefinitely to a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee.

Memphis (7-7) had a 46-32 lead early in the third quarter, but could not hold it down the stretch.

Tayshaun Prince led Memphis with 16 points.

Houston’s offense was missing a considerable chunk of its scoring without Harden, who is averaging 24.2 points per game.

The Rockets had a miserable offensive first half without him, turning the ball over 11 times and shooting just 11 of 32 from the field (34.4 percent), including one of 11 (9.1 percent) from three-point range.

The Grizzlies closed the second quarter on a 15-6 run to take a 44-32 halftime lead.

Houston finally found some rhythm in the second half, hitting five three-pointers after starting one of 14 from behind the arc.

The bench was key in the run, with Francisco Garcia hitting a three-pointer to tie it at 65-65.

Casspi scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, while Parsons had nine. Parsons shot eight of nine from the field.

The Rockets shot 23 of 37 (62 percent) in the second half.

Memphis coach Dave Joerger said the team’s offense would change considerably with Gasol out of the lineup and at least for one night, it changed for the worse.

Gasol said pre-game he expects to be on crutches for three to four weeks before he can even start work on his return.

Kosta Koufos started in place of Gasol and had a productive night, with eight points and a season-high 13 rebounds, but Mike Conley, the Grizzlies’ leading scorer with more than 19 points per game, had a tough night, shooting just two of 14 from the field, finishing with 10 points and 10 assists.

Also on Monday, Manu Ginobili had 16 points to lead seven players in double figures as the San Antonio Spurs beat the New Orleans Pelicans 112-93 for their 11th straight victory.

Tony Parker had 14 points and seven assists, Tiago Splitter added 11 points and Tim Duncan had 10 points for San Antonio (13-1).

Reserve Marco Belinelli had 14 points, Boris Diaw added 13 points and Patty Mills 12 to keep the Spurs undefeated at home.

Ryan Anderson had 17 points, Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday each added 12 points, while Anthony Davis had 10 for New Orleans (6-7).

Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points and 14 rebounds for his seventh double-double this season as the Trail Blazers beat the slumping New York Knicks 102-91 for their 11th straight victory.

Utah’s Trey Burke made a key three-pointer to help the Jazz outlast Chicago 89-83 in overtime — the Bulls’ first game since learning Derrick Rose would be lost for the season.

Burke, a rookie finally enjoying extensive playing time after spending most of the season recovering from finger surgery, had 14 points and six assists. He also had five turnovers and shot five for 17, but was on the court in clutch time directing the Jazz to their second win of the season.

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