Rockets take control early and cruise to victory over struggling Grizzlies
Houston's Clint Capela dunks as Memphis' JaMychal Green and Marc Gasol look on. AP

MEMPHIS, Tennessee — James Harden scored 29 points, Clint Capela had 17 points and 13 rebounds and the Houston Rockets beat the Memphis Grizzlies, 105-83, on Saturday night (Sunday, Manila time).

Houston guard Chris Paul added 17 points and six assists in his second game since returning from a left knee injury. Paul and Harden combined for 10-of-19 shooting from beyond the arc, and the Rockets were 18 for 43 from 3-point range overall.

Memphis dropped its fourth consecutive game. Chandler Parsons led the Grizzlies with 17 points on 7-for-9 shooting, and Marc Gasol and JaMychal Green each scored 15 points.

Houston was in control the entire game. Memphis led only once, by one point in the first quarter.

The Rockets used their normal 3-point shooting prowess to build an 18-point lead in the first half. Houston went 11 of 24 from long range in the half.

Memphis pulled within two late in the second quarter, but Houston led 59-50 at the break.


Rockets: Eric Gordon converted a four-point play late in the first half. ... Houston has won five straight on the road. ... Houston is 11-1 when leading after the third quarter. ... Capela recorded his 11th double-double of the season. ... Houston made its first 11 free throws before Nene missed one in the third quarter.

Grizzlies: It was Parsons' first start of the season. ... PG Mike Conley missed his second game with left Achilles tenderness. Conley was in a walking boot. ... F Brandan Wright left in the second quarter with a right groin injury.


Rockets: Host Denver on Wednesday.

Grizzlies: Host Portland on Monday night.

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